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.
Dan is qualified to undertake public access work.
This Practice Note outlines the obligations imposed on the transport industry regarding carrying passengers into the UK. These include checking travel documents of passengers to prevent clandestine entrants and providing advance electronic information to the UK Border Force about passengers or crews of ships or aircraft. It also looks at the offences that relate to the activities of carriers.
This Practice Note provides an overview of the main criminal offences relating to illegal working, including under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, s 21, the Asylum and Immigration Act, s 8 and the Accession of Croatia (Immigration and Worker Authorisation) Regulations 2013, SI 2013/1460, regs 15–16. The note also discusses practical aspects of dealing with a criminal investigation and prosecution.
This Practice Note looks at some of the main categories of immigration offence as well as certain defences and avenues for challenging conviction. Immigration offences are matters that are dealt with under criminal law. They are distinct from civil penalties which, in the context of immigration, are monetary penalties levied by the Home Office when enforcing laws or regulations. Immigration offences cover a wide range of activities including entering the UK illegally; using deception to enter or remain in the UK; facilitating unlawful immigration; assisting an asylum seeker to enter the UK; assisting entry to the UK in breach of a deportation or exclusion order; human trafficking; possession and production of documents; failure to comply with the duration or conditions of leave; failure to comply with the directions of an immigration officer; failure to comply with arrangements for removal; failure to supply information when required; leasing residential premises to persons without leave; and unauthorised provision of immigration advice and services.
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