Dan Bunting



Qualifications: BSc (Mathematics)
MA (Contemporary History and Politics)


Criminal Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, Immigration Law Practitioners Association and BID.


Dan practices in all areas of Criminal Law and has appeared in all courts from Magistrates' and Youth Courts, the Crown Court and Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.As well as defending, he has appeared for the CPS and other prosecuting agencies in all types of appearances including trials. 

He also practices in Immigration law (mainly on asylum and asylum-related cases) and has been instructed in the Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal on immigration matters. He is happy to act pro bono in suitable cases. 

Dan has a particular interest in the cross-over of Criminal and Immigration Law and is recognised as a leading expert in defending immigration offences and victims of trafficking. He has appeared in many key cases before the Court of Appeal in this area. He has also been instructed on a number of successful references to the CCRC. 

Dan is a member of Chambers' Prison and Public Law team and regularly advises and provides representation in both areas. 

Dan has lectured and conducted training in both Criminal and Immigration Law. He co-founded, edits, and writes for the UK Criminal Law Blog (nominated for the Halsbury Legal Journalism Aware 2014), as well as blogging on (mainly) legal matters on his own personal blog

He writes regularly for Halsbury's Law Exchange, Criminal Law Review, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, Criminal Bar Quarterly, Archbold Review and other publications. A summary of his writing can be found here.

Dan is qualified to undertake public access work. Please click here for more details.

Reported Cases Include:

  • Denny v Acton Youth Court - [2004] 1 WLR 3051, [2004] 2 All ER 961, [2005] 1 Cr App R(S) 6 - Judicial Review concerning the sentencing of defendants who turn 18 during the proceedings - transcript here.
  • R v Doughan- (2007) 171 JP 397 - Directing the jury on a different factual basis to the case that has been put by the Crown.
  • R v Osman - [2008] 1 WLR 1130, [2008] 1 Cr App R 20–Leading case on s2 Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act Offences (entering the UK without a passport) - transcript here.
  • R v AM & Others - [2011] 1 Cr App R 35 - junior counsel for two out of four appellants challenging their convictions for possession of false passports following guilty pleas - transcript here.
  • R v G [2011] 2 Cr App R (S) - sentencing of victims of trafficking.
  • R v N & Le - [2013] QB 379, [2012] 3 WLR 1159, [2012] 1 Cr App R 35, [2012] CLR 958 - a leading case on prosecution of victims of trafficking - transcript here
  • R v Mateta & Others - [2014] 1 WLR 1516, [2014] 1 All ER 152, [2013] 2 Cr App R 35, [2014] CLR 227 - leading case on prosecuting refugees for using false documents to enter the UK - transcript here.
  • R v Smith - [2015] 1 WLR 937, [2015] 1 Cr App R 13 [2014] EWCA Crim 2163 - possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life (a bag of guns and ammunition) and whether a Brown direction was required- transcript here.
  • R v Wells & Others - [2015] EWCA Crim 2, [2015] Crim LR 359 - leading case on conducting trials where a defendant is found unfit to plead - transcript here.


Other Cases of Note:

  • R v M -Perverting the Course of Justice and assisting an offender following a gangland murder. The Court of Appeal proceedings are here
  • R v W -Lead defendant on what started as a eleven handed Attempted Murder and Violent Disorder.
  • R v B - Conspiracy to Defraud of half a million pounds in a 'skimming' operation.
  • R v H - [2008] EWCA Crim 3117 – leading case on the interpretation of the defence under s31(2) Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Court of Appeal)
  • R v Laurusevicius - [2008] EWCA Crim 3020 –Admission of bad character evidence that pre-dates the offence and deportation of EU nationals on conviction (Court of Appeal)
  • R (GI) v First Tier Tribunal - [2011] UKUT 83 (AAC) - Pro Bono Judicial Review dealing with a 'crime of violence' in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme - transcript here.
  • DG (Extortion by Maoists) - [2004] UKAIT 00116 – Internal Flight in Nepal - transcript here.