Daniel is a Partner and Head of the Criminal Defence team.
Daniel represents clients across the full spectrum of criminal and regulatory offences, from providing advice in interview at the police station, to defending cases in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, or a range of professional tribunals.
Daniel has been praised for his professionalism and calm advice under pressure; his exceptional client feedback has recently been recognised in the Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday Times newspapers, and he has been named as a UK Top 175 Solicitor by the client-review organisation VouchedFor.
He has successfully defended clients in a number of public order prosecutions brought by the police, meticulously highlighting failures in police investigations or flaws in the evidence. Daniel has a particular experience in cases of serious violence, having defended clients charged with murder, malicious wounding, armed robbery and serious firearms offences amongst others.
As a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, Daniel has considerable knowledge in the areas of corporate and business crime. He is routinely instructed in cases involving high value and complex financial crime, and has dealt with investigations by Royal Mail, HMRC and BIS, as well as clients implicated in wide-scale investigations, such as the Metropolitan Police’s fraud and linked online crime investigation – Operation FALCON – and Interpol.
Daniel also undertakes a range of civil defence work such as regulatory prosecutions, investigations and appeals, often representing those in the medical profession, as well as defending in civil fraud claims and quasi-criminal proceedings.
Daniel often appears as an advocate in the Crown Court, representing clients at preliminary hearings, bail applications, appeals and committals for sentence for a range of more serious offences.
“Daniel Martin’s commitment to the case was exemplary. I would highly recommend Daniel’s services in any difficult case; his drive and focus meant only one outcome – a unanimous acquittal.”
Daniel has established an enviable track record in Magistrates’ and Crown Court trials; some notable recent examples are:-
- R v W (solicitor) – Instructed to represent a client jointly charged with murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in one of the first Joint Enterprise murder cases to be decided following the landmark case of Jogee.
- Surrey CC v W and ors (solicitor) – Instructed by a client to defend civil proceedings brought by a local authority for contempt of court.
- R v A (solicitor) – A client investigated by the Metropolitan Police specialist Operation Falcon unit and charged with complex cheque fraud worth in excess of £1 million.
- R v P (solicitor) – A finance director charged with multiple frauds against numerous employers by misdirecting company funds in excess of £300,000.
- R v O (advocate) – All charges dismissed at half-time in relation to harassment and using violence to secure entry. The Crown later applied to the High Court for the Magistrates to state their case; this application was subsequently abandoned.
- R v B and others (advocate) – A client jointly charged with attempted robbery, alongside two other defendants in the Youth Court. Daniel took the lead in cross-examination and made a technical half-time submission of no case to answer. The charges against all three defendants were dismissed.
Other notable cases:-
- R v W (solicitor) – A client acquitted in the Crown Court of 10 counts of historic sexual abuse of a minor.
- R v M (solicitor) – A client acquitted in the Crown Court of 2 counts of rape.
Private Motoring cases:-
- R v S (advocate) – A re-opened conviction for driving without insurance was successfully argued with special reasons resulting in no penalty against the client and his driving licence being reinstated.
- R v B (advocate) – A re-opened conviction for driving without insurance; the statutory defence under section 143(3) Road Traffic Act in relation to employees was successfully advanced, avoiding disqualification and securing an award of costs in favour of the client.
- 2018: Partner, Blaser Mills Law
- 2013: CLAS Police and Court Duty Accreditation, Datalaw, London
- 2012: Qualified, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
- 2011: Master of Laws (LL.M) / Merit, De Montfort Law School, Leicester
- 2010: Legal Practice Course (LPC) / Pg. Dip. / Distinction, LILP, Leicester
- 2009: BA (Hons) Law (2.1), De Montfort Law School, Leicester