Daniel Thomas

Call To The Bar: 2005

“One of the stars of the junior Bar in the North” – Chambers & Partners 2020

Dan Thomas is a highly versatile barrister who accommodates commercial and civil litigation with a regulatory and public law practice.

His expertise in civil law was recognised by his appointment to the specialist Attorney General Panel of Civil Counsel (formerly Treasury Counsel) in 2015. Dan has since appeared in civil and public law litigation of significance and sensitivity on behalf of Government departments and agencies. In the year he was appointed, the Attorney General described the competition to be Junior Counsel to the Crown as “fierce”. Dan has been instructed by the Government Legal Department in High Court litigation in civil law, charity, planning, industrial disease, judicial review and has appeared in numerous Article 2 inquests.

In 2012 Dan was appointed, again by the Attorney General, to the “Regulatory List” of Counsel – a specialist group of barristers entrusted with the presentation of Health & Safety Executive and Environment Agency cases. After appearing for both the HSE and EA in a number of their most serious and newsworthy matters, including one of the largest cases the EA has yet prosecuted, Dan was reappointed in 2019 as List A counsel.

Dan is no stranger to the most high-profile criminal cases of homicide and fraud. His experience in complex financial crime is reflected by the fact that he is the only junior barrister on the Northern Circuit to have been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office Panels of Counsel. Dan has also appeared on behalf of companies and individuals charged with the most serious criminal and regulatory offending. Chambers & Partners has recognised Dan “for his handling of complex financial crime cases” and his “particular expertise in cases involving allegations of tax fraud and international money laundering”.

Chambers & Partners further comments:

“He is exceptionally bright, very talented and very measured.” – 2020

“He is extremely charismatic, user-friendly and thorough.” – 2020

 “A quality barrister.” – 2019

Dan has been consistently recognised as a leading barrister by Legal 500 since 2014:

“He has a fantastic grasp of health and safety law.” – 2018

“His court demeanour belies his years of call.” – 2018

“Succinct and pragmatic.” – 2017

“A hardworking and keen junior; one to watch.” – 2016

“Good technical knowledge.” – 2015

“He has the gravitas of a much more senior barrister.” – 2014

Dan brings to his practice the commercial experience of working at one of Canada’s leading law firms, McCarthy Tetrault LLP in Toronto. At McCarthys, Dan was part of teams of counsel litigating class actions, commercial disputes, professional negligence disputes, the representation of health care professionals in disciplinary proceedings and appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.

In health and safety, Dan has appeared on behalf of companies and individuals in fatal accident matters and cases involving life changing injuries. He acted at first instance for the HSE in the leading case of Thorn Warehousing Ltd & Kenneth Thelwall.

In environmental litigation, Dan is experienced in advising local authorities, utility companies and individuals on all aspects of civil and criminal law.

In recent years, Dan has developed a niche practice in all aspects of Road Transport law. He regularly provides wide-ranging advice on all aspects of the work of the Traffic Commissioner and appears in Public Inquiries on behalf of operators, transport managers and drivers.

Dan is highly experienced in appellate litigation. He has appeared on numerous occasions in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the defence, prosecution and other regulatory agencies. He appeared in the leading authority on terminating rulings, the first appeal by an individual against an immediate custodial sentence imposed in a prosecution by the Environment Agency and was involved in the leading authority on the application of the Health & Safety Offences Sentencing Guidelines.