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DANIEL SCOTT

Call: 2016   

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Practice Overview

Daniel has developed a busy and diverse commercial chancery practice that spans all of Chambers’ practice areas, with a particular emphasis on commercial, fraud and property disputes. He is currently junior counsel in Wang v Darby, one of the leading cryptocurrency fraud cases, meaning he is uniquely equipped to advise on and appear in claims concerning cryptocurrency and other novel asset classes. He is regularly instructed to appear as sole counsel in the High Court and County Court, and is often also instructed as part of a larger counsel team in more complex and high-value matters. Daniel’s practice also involves a considerable amount of advisory work. He has considerable experience in both domestic and international work.

Recent examples of notable work include:

  • Acting (led by Tim Penny QC) in the ongoing Wang v Darby litigation, which has thus far grappled with issues such as whether cryptocurrencies are property and whether they can be held on trust. Tim and Dan have successfully obtained a worldwide freezing order, continued until trial.
  • Acting (led by Jonathan Seitler QC) in the London Trocadero (2015) LLP v Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd litigation, one of the leading cases on COVID-affected rent arrears, which is currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting (led by Tim Penny QC) in successfully obtaining an anti-suit injunction in the Cayman Islands to prevent the prosecution of proceedings in Malta.
  • Acting (led by Jonathan Davey QC) in a claim concerning the equitable co-ownership of a multi-million pound commercial property in London.
  • Acting (led by Jonathan Seitler QC) in an Expert Determination concerning a dispute over the development of land.
  • Acting for the Defendants in a multi-million pound breach of directors’ duty claim in Gibraltar (led by Terence Mowschenson QC and Sebastian Allen).
  • Acting for the Defendant in a partnership dispute where the defence to an account of profits was illegality (led by James Bailey QC).
  • Acting in numerous ‘difficult’ possession and trespass claims (usually involving an element of protest) which engages human rights considerations. Most recently, Dan acted for the successful applicants in obtaining an interim injunction restraining unlawful obstruction in Balfour Beatty Limited v Persons Unknown [2022] EWHC 874 (QB).

Daniel joined Chambers in 2018 upon the successful completion of his third six pupillage. His pupil supervisors were Jonathan Hilliard QC, Sebastian Allen and Martin Hutchings QC. Daniel previously undertook a 12-month pupillage at another leading commercial chancery set.

Daniel studied English Literature at Durham University and graduated in 2014 with a first class degree. He was awarded the Brooks Johnson prize for the best result in the Shakespeare finals paper. Daniel went on to obtain a distinction on the GDL at City University, where he was subsequently graded outstanding on the BPTC, ranking in the top ten in his year..

During his time studying law, he won numerous academic prizes, including awards for the best results in European law and Commercial law. He is also the recipient of a major scholarship from Middle Temple.