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Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor

Call: 2012

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Dan is a robust and tenacious advocate, with experience of defending and prosecuting in cases across the criminal spectrum, including those of murder, serious violence, sexual offences and large-scale conspiracies. As one of the first to complete the Bar Council vulnerable witness training, many of the cases he is involved in, feature young and/or vulnerable witnesses and defendants. He is often instructed in cases, which involve significant quantities of technical or electronic evidence.

Dan prides himself on his strategic approach to cases, meticulous attention to detail and excellent client care skills. He is cited in Chambers UK 2022, as a “diligent, well prepared and intelligent” barrister. He is pro-active in managing his caseload and is able to provide early advice on charge, evidence and/or sentence. Dan is also happy to hold conferences at any stage of proceedings, with lay and professional clients alike, in person or electronically.

In addition to his defence practice, Dan is a CPS Grade 3 prosecutor and on the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (“RASSO”) list. Dan is regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the CPS, in addition to local authorities and regulatory bodies across England and Wales. He is also qualified to accept instructions from members of the public under the Direct Access provisions.

Crime

HomicideViolent crimeSexual offencesGeneral crimeFraud and Corporate CrimeCourts martialAppellate Work

Dan has gained considerable experience both in defending and prosecuting cases of murder, attempted murder and manslaughter.

  • R v DT (2021) Instructed on behalf of a defendant charged with attempted murder. He is alleged to have inflicted multiple blows to the complainant, with a baseball bat, in what is said to be a ‘revenge attack’ in the context of a family feud. The case is fixed for trial in 2022.
  • R v JT (2021) Led junior for a defendant charged with murder. Part-way through the trial, the defendant was found to be unfit. Following a subsequent trial of the facts, he was found to have ‘done the act’ and received a hospital order, with restriction. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v MB (2021) Led junior for the prosecution in a case of murder and assisting an offender. The case concerned complex evidence of motive and a significant quantity of telephone evidence. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v VB (2020) Led junior for the prosecution in a high-profile case of soliciting murder, which featured on the Channel 4 television show, ’24 Hours in Police Custody’. The defendant, referred to as the ‘Black Widow’, had sought to persuade four men to kill her ex-partner over a number of years. She was convicted after trial and sentenced to nine-and-a-half years imprisonment. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v MM and others (2020) Led junior for a defendant who was alleged to have ‘disembowelled’ a gang rival, in Bristol city centre. The case against the defendant was entirely circumstantial and involved in excess of 20,000 pages of telephone evidence. At the conclusion of their case, the prosecution accepted a plea to conspiracy to cause GBH, with the defendant thereby avoiding a life sentence.
  • R v AJ and others (2019) Acted alone for a defendant charged with assisting an offender, the principle defendant having been charged with murder, arising out of county-lines drug-dealing. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v JD and others (2019) Sole counsel for a defendant charged with attempted murder, arising out of a shooting at a traveller’s site. Following extensive legal argument at the close of their case, the prosecution accepted a plea to conspiracy to commit violent disorder. The defendant received a suspended sentence of imprisonment.
  • R v KN (2018) Led junior in a high-profile and particularly tragic case involving offences of murder and attempted murder in an unprovoked attack inside a pub in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire. The defendant was convicted after trial. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v MB (2018) Led junior for a defendant charged with murder. He was alleged to have stabbed the deceased 65 times. On the first day of trial, the prosecution accepted a plea to manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility. The judge was persuaded to impose an order under s45A of the Mental Health Act 1983, rather than a life sentence. [PRESS REPORT]

Dan is frequently instructed to defend and prosecute in multi-handed cases, which involve weapons and allegations of serious violence.

  • R v KW (2021) Defence of a man, remanded in custody, charged with a s18 stabbing against another inmate. He is currently serving a nine-year extended sentence for a like offence. The trial is fixed for 2022.
  • R v TM (2021) Instructed on behalf of a defendant charged with others, with conspiracy to rob £15,000 in casino winnings at gun-point. The case is linked to a murder, in which an associated defendant was acquitted of conspiring to kill three men. Case ongoing
  • R v RC (2021) Prosecution of a defendant charged with the unusual offence of attempting to strangle/choke/suffocate with intent to commit GBH. Case ongoing.
  • R v SA (2021) Defence of a man charged with possessing a loaded firearm with intent to endanger life and associated drug offences. The defendant’s DNA was on the gun and ammunition. The case involved legal argument on the admissibility of ‘gang evidence’ and non-conviction bad-character evidence. The defendant was acquitted of all counts following a two-week trial.
  • R v BG (2019) Defence of a young man with significant learning and mental health difficulties, charged with a s18 stabbing in which the complainant’s femoral artery was punctured.
  • Operation Mace (2018) Led junior in the successful prosecution of seven defendants, charged with aggravated burglary and robbery. The defendants were sentenced to a total of 127 years imprisonment. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v WJ (2018) Led junior for the prosecution of a man who was alleged to have sent an improvised explosive device (‘IED”) to his step-mother’s house. The case involved complex evidence from a Home Office accredited expert on explosives.
  • R v AH (2017) Defence of a man charged with a s18 stabbing. The defendant was acquitted at trial on the basis of self-defence.
  • R v GG (2018) Led junior for the prosecution in a case involving allegation of child cruelty. The judge described the abuse that the two children were subjected to, as “sadistic” and among the worst of its kind. The case involved evidence from a five year-old girl, with a cocktail of special measures, intermediary and the assistance of a world-renowned child psychologist. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v TB (2015) Successful defence of a man charged with a s18 stabbing. The incident took place in broad daylight. The defendant’s DNA was on the knife and he was positively identified as the assailant. He was unanimously acquitted.

Dan is on the CPS ‘RASSO’ list, and regularly prosecutes and defends in cases which allege serious sexual offences. Such cases often involve the examination of young or vulnerable witnesses and consideration of a significant quantity of unused material.

  • R v AW (2021) Led junior for the prosecution of a high-profile case, which attracted national news coverage, involving allegations of serious sexual offences committed by a paramedic against his patient, work colleague and a child. The defendant was convicted after trial and received a sentence of 21 years imprisonment. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v AC (2020) Defence of an elderly man, with significant physical and mental health difficulties, including early-onset Alzheimer’s, charged with multiple historic sex offences against his granddaughter. The sentencing judge was persuaded to impose a significantly reduced sentence on the basis of the defendant’s particular personal circumstances.
  • R v PK (2019) Successful defence of a man charged with multiple historic sex-offences, involving underage girls. The case involved nuanced arguments on s41 and was prosecuted by a Silk.
  • R v KC (2019) Led junior for the prosecution in a high-profile case involving historic allegations of sexual abuse against a nationally renowned football coach. The case involved a significant quantity of third-party material dating back over 40 years and offences committed in multiple jurisdictions. The defendant committed suicide on the first day of his trial. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v DG and others (2017) Defence of a man charged with the attempted rape of a stranger, in Ipswich town-centre. The case attracted considerable local media attention. On appeal, his sentence was reduced from 12 to 10 years imprisonment. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v GN and others (2017) Led junior for the defendant in a multi-handed case, alleging multi-generational, inter-familial, child sexual abuse. The allegations spanned a period of 30 years. There was a considerable volume of unused material to consider. Dan’s client had an IQ of 43 and had been formally diagnosed with ‘paedophilia’. Following extensive legal argument over a number of days, the prosecution offered no evidence against the defendant.
  • R v JP (2016) Defence of a youth charged with assault by penetration. The case involved a careful cross-examination of the 10-year-old complainant, during which she accepted that she may have dreamt the incident. The Judge dismissed the case following a successful submission of no case to answer.

Dan is often instructed in paper-heavy, multi-handed conspiracies involving offences of dishonesty, drugs and firearms. Over the last 18 months, Dan has defended in a number of large-scale drug conspiracies at courts across England and Wales, including cases arising out of ‘Operation Venetic’.

  • R v AD and others (2021) Instructed on behalf of a defendant charged in a high value dwelling burglary. Case ongoing. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v DO and others (2021) Instructed on behalf of a defendant charged with offences under the Serious Crime Act 2007, concerning alleged the sale of ‘Encro Chat’ devices, for criminal purposes. The case is understood to be the first of its kind in England and Wales, following ‘Operation Venetic’. The trial is fixed for 2022.
  • R v VJ and others (2021) Instructed on behalf of the lead-defendant in a multi-handed, large-scale drugs conspiracy across three counties in the east of England. The case is linked to a county-lines murder case which concluded in 2019. The trial is fixed for 2022.
  • R v AH and others (2021) The Defendant was charged with conspiracy to supply in excess of 50kg of Class A drugs, arising from ‘Operation Venetic’.
  • R v KB and others (2021) Instructed for a defendant charged with conspiracy to supply circa. 20kg of Class A drugs arising from ‘Operation Venetic’.
  • R v MH and others (2019) Successful defence of a Kurdish national, charged with conspiring to launder in excess of £150,000 into the UK. The case involved expert evidence from, and detailed cross-examination, of two forensic accountants.
  • R v FS and others (2018) The defendant was charged with conspiracy to remove criminal property from the UK. Although the value of the laundered money was in excess of £7 million, Dan’s client received a sentence a little in excess of two-year imprisonment. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v JO and others (2018) Defence of a man charged with conspiracy to burgle. The case concerned in excess of 250 dwelling and non-dwelling burglaries, committed across five counties, over the course of 11 months. There were in excess of 20,000 pages of served evidence. [PRESS REPORT]

Dan’s diligent approach and attention to detail means that he is regularly instructed in cases which concern allegations of fraud and dishonesty.

  • R v KS (2021) Defence of a lady of good character charged with fraud against her employer, valued in excess of £150,000. Owing to the presence of compelling personal mitigation, Dan was able to persuade the judge to impose a suspended sentence of imprisonment.
  • Operation Wastebasket (2019) Led junior for the prosecution in a multi-handed, high value MoD fraud, concerning the manipulation of Joint Personal Accounts, used by the MoD, governmental and UK service personnel, including UK special forces. All defendants were convicted after trial. [PRESS REPORT]
  • Operation Sabbath Led junior in a case prosecuted by the East of England CCU, concerning two ‘boiler room’ frauds, purporting to sell colour diamonds and binary trades, to would-be investors. The value of the frauds was in excess of £500,000. 12 of the 13 defendants were convicted over the course of four trials, including a character from the reality TV show, ‘The Only Way is Essex’. [PRESS REPORT]
  • R v LK and others (2017) Led by Peter Gair for the prosecution in a case involving a high-value, rare-earth metal investment fraud.
  • Operation Hornet (2015) Disclosure junior in the high-profile, high-value banking fraud, involving employees of HBOS. The case received considerable national news coverage. [PRESS REPORT]

With a military background, Dan is well placed to receive instructions in Court Martial proceedings. Recent instructions have included allegations of serious violence and sexual offences.

  • R v GJ (2019) Defence of a Chief Petty Officer charged with negligently performing a duty
  • R v PW (2018) Successful defence of an RAF Corporal charged with offences of GBH and ABH. The defendant was acquitted following a half-time submission on the issue of identification.
  • R v TJ (2018) Defence of a private in the Parachute regiment charged with GBH on a taxi-driver.
  • R v PY (2018) Instructed on a private basis, on behalf of an Army Sergeant, charged with breach of curfew whilst on tour in Kenya. Following extensive and detailed written submissions to the SPA, proceedings against the defendant were discontinued.

Dan appears in the Court of Appeal in respect of appeals against sentence and/or conviction.

  • R v LT (2019) EWCA Crim 58 Successful appeal against a terminating ruling. The Court of Appeal determined that the Judge at first instance had wrongly excluded identification evidence, having incorrectly interpreted the provisions of Alexander and McGill and McCullough, concerning identifications through social media. The case features in Archbold and Blackstones as one of the leading authorities on identifications made through social media.

Publications, Lectures and Training

Lexis PSL Corporate Crime- Contributing Author (2016)

Recommendations

“Diligent, well prepared and intelligent” Chambers UK (2022)


Education

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2012- BPTC, Manchester

2011- CPE, BPP Law School

2009- BA (Hons) History and Politics, University of York

Memberships

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Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Gray’s Inn

Professional Appointments

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CPS Panel Advocate – Grade 3

Direct Access Barrister