Dan's expertise lies mostly in acting for employers and high-profile or high net-worth individuals 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, including assistance with Trade Union related matters, 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 disputes with the News of the World newspaper and Colchester United Football Club, where Dan appeared as an advocate before the Football Disciplinary Commission, as well as acting for and against numerous Premier League, Football League and non-league football clubs throughout the UK. He also has a significant client base in motorsport and has successfully acted in a number of contentious and non-contentious matters in Formula 1, and represented a range of professional racing drivers from the junior ranks through to Formula 1, including appearing as an advocate at a number of regulatory hearings and at the Motorsport UK National Court.
As Head of the Leathes Prior Sports and Employment Teams, Dan is one of the few solicitors nationwide who was also a FA Registered Intermediary for over ten years, and 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 and also overseas. He has developed extensive expertise for advising football agents, clubs and players in regard to contractual or Rule K Arbitration disputes with other agents, clubs or players.
Dan also has a niche area of expertise in advising Academy footballers and their families in relation to the EPPP/Youth Development Rules and the training compensation regime, having written extensively on the topic in the national media – see for example, the World Sports Advocate. The full, unedited version of his article can be found here. Dan also appeared on a BBC Radio 5 live debate on the subject (listen here).
In both his Employment Law and Sports Law practices, Dan is a specialist in immigration issues, and assists both businesses and individuals with right to work checks, recruitment overseas, and sponsorships. He is praised by clients for being pragmatic and down-to-earth in what is a particularly complex area of law.
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.
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 and is a long-standing 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 into 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.