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’s employment law practice covers the entire range of contentious and non-contentious areas, with the common theme always being his desire to provide clients with solutions and the best possible service levels.
Dan is regularly called upon by national media to provide guidance on all aspects of employment and sports law, and has featured in publications such as the Telegraph, Daily Mail, Times, Law Society Gazette, Guardian, Financial Times and extensively on BBC TV, radio and other media outlets (including Clubhouse).
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 and against numerous Premier League, Football League and non-league football clubs throughout the UK. He has also a significant client base in motorsport and has successfully acted in numerous contentious and non-contentious matters in Formula 1, and represented a number of professional racing drivers from the junior ranks through to Formula 1, including appearing at a number of regulatory hearings. Dan is one of the few solicitors nationwide who is also a FA Registered Intermediary and since 2012 he has therefore been able to act for football clubs and players on transfers and related transactions. His experience of football transfers includes many transactions in the Premier League. He has developed a niche expertise for advising football agents and clubs in regards to Rule K Arbitration 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 is a Non-Executive Director of WorkSmarter - the modern cloud HR software for UK SMEs. He is also the clerk of the Great Hospital.
As Head of Leathes Prior's Sports and Employment teams Dan has provided academic content to issues of World Sports Advocate (links here and here). The full, unedited version of his article published in December’s edition can be found here. Examples of Dan appearing on a BBC Radio 5 live debate can be found here and in relation to an employment matter on BBC Radio again here.
Dan trained with the firm and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2002. He graduated in law with first class honours from the University of Keele in 1999 and completed 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. Dan is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Dan is one of only five employment lawyers in East Anglia and one of only two in Norwich to be inducted in to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame - an accolade reserved for those lawyers said by the Legal 500 to have been an elite leading lawyer in their rankings for at least eight of the last ten years.