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
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 -  1 WLR 3051,  2 All ER
961,  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 -  1 WLR 1130,  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 -  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  2 Cr App R (S) - sentencing of victims of
- R v N & Le -  QB 379,  3 WLR 1159,  1 Cr App R 35,  CLR 958 - a leading case on prosecution of
victims of trafficking - transcript here.
- R v Mateta & Others -  1 WLR 1516,  1 All ER 152,  2 Cr App R 35,  CLR 227 - leading case on prosecuting refugees for using false documents to enter the UK - transcript here.
- R v Smith -  1 WLR 937,  1 Cr App R 13  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 -  EWCA Crim 2,  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
- R v H -  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 -  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 -  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) -  UKAIT 00116 – Internal Flight
in Nepal - transcript here.