Dan trained with the firm, having graduated in Law with first class honours from the University of Keele in 1999 and completing his studies at Nottingham Law School where he gained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course. He became a Partner of Leathes Prior in 2005. In addition to being Leathes Prior’s Training Principal responsible for the recruitment and training of trainee solicitors, Dan is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Dan's expertise lies mostly in acting for employers and regularly appears as an advocate before the Employment Tribunals nationwide. His diverse client base includes employers of all sizes, including many household names. He has a reputation for providing dynamic, commercial and pro-active advice and, where required, backs that up as a fearless advocate. He has appeared in many high-profile cases throughout his career and is adept at dealing with media scrutiny.
Dan also has extensive experience of complex TUPE matters and the corporate aspects of employment law and he is regularly called upon by national media to provide guidance on all aspects of employment and sports law. He has featured in publications such as the Law Society Gazette, Guardian, Financial Times and extensively on BBC TV and radio and other media outlets.
In his capacity as one of the region’s few genuine sports lawyers, Dan acted for Norwich City Football Club in its dispute with the News of the World and Colchester United Football Club (Dan appearing as an advocate before the Football Disciplinary Commission) and he has acted for numerous Premier League, Football League and non-league football clubs throughout the UK. He has also successfully acted in relation to a large dispute in Formula One GP, and numerous other sporting matters, including a number of regulatory hearings. Dan is one of the few solicitors nationwide who is a FA Registered Intermediary and is therefore able to act for football clubs and players on transfers and related transactions, conducted by the firm’s boutique sports agency Full Contact – which Dan set up in 2012. He has developed a niche expertise for advising football agents and clubs in regards to disputes with other agents, clubs or players.
Dan is an active member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association, the British Association for Sport and Law and the Association of Football Agents.