Profession

Barrister, 4 New Square

Biography

Dan’s practice is focused on commercial litigation, international arbitration, sports law and costs. Between Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 he is ranked as a leading barrister in all of these areas. The directories describe him as “a commercial litigator who has swiftly developed a strong reputation”, "a rising star of the Sports Bar" and “one to watch”.

Dan joined 4 New Square after training and practising as a solicitor-advocate at City firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills). He has also worked as a litigator in the British Virgin Islands for leading offshore firm Conyers, Dill & Pearman. One of only a handful of individuals at the Bar with this breadth of dispute resolution experience, he is now typically instructed against more senior practitioners in substantial disputes in the High Court and in arbitral tribunals.

Dan has significant experience of international arbitration in the context of both commercial disputes and sports matters. His background makes him ideally suited to international arbitration: he was educated in the British, French and American systems, speaks fluent English and French and has worked in London, Paris and the Caribbean.

Dan has been involved in a range of arbitrations in the commodities, financial services, energy, insurance and construction sectors conducted under, variously, LCIA, ICC, ZCC and LME rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. These have ranged from smaller actions to claims on a very large scale (e.g. a $500 million claim arising out of a substantial commodities fraud in Central Asia). He also regularly advises on the scope, validity and effect of arbitration clauses, on challenges to arbitral awards under the Arbitration Act 1996 and on enforcement under the New York Convention.

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  • Year Qualified

    2008

    Education

    Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle (London)
    University of Edinburgh
    University of California, Berkeley
    Jesus College, Oxford
    BPP Law School