Daniel Frier

Call 2005

"Daniel is hard working, industrious, clever and very personable."

Legal 500 2022

"Clients take to him quickly and he is brilliant in front of a jury helping them to clearly understand the issues to consider in a particular case and leading them to the right verdict."

Legal 500 2021

"His submissions are reasoned, measured and nuanced"

Legal 500 2019

"Hard working, meticulous and a good advocate with superb client care skills."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"He really excels at handling vulnerable and young defendants. He is hugely personable and easy to deal with."

Chambers & Partners 2020

Expertise

Daniel predominantly defends criminal cases of the most serious nature. These include murder, serious sexual offences, fraud, large-scale drugs conspiracies, serious violence and causing death by dangerous/careless driving.

Daniel regularly defends those charged with serious violence including allegations of murder (as a led junior). He has substantial experience of dealing with cases involving multiple defendants and the application of the law on joint enterprise.

Daniel is frequently instructed in the most serious and sensitive cases involving sexual allegations including those involving child and vulnerable complainants and witnesses. He has undertaken a number of cases involving pre-recorded cross examination under s28 YJCEA 1999 (as amended). He has developed particular expertise in the cross examination of expert scientific evidence, including the proper evaluation of evidence concerning the transfer of DNA.

Daniel often represents defendants charged in large-scale nationwide class A drug conspiracies and money laundering offences. In this context he has extensive experience of the analysis and evaluation of relevant expert evidence, including cell site, GPS data, ANPR and phone data.

 

Notable Crime cases


R v K and others [2021]

County lines conspiracy to supply class A drugs from London to the South Coast over an extended period of time. This paper heavy case involves extensive analysis of phone data.

R v G and others [2021]–

Multi-million- pound drugs and firearms conspiracy operating between Liverpool and the South Coast.

R v L [2021]

Multi-handed s18 GBH committed within HMP Lewes.

R v H [2021]

Multiple armed robberies of high-end camera shops in London, Bristol and Norwich.

R v C [2021]

Allegation of rape made by a 42 year old women in relation to a 13 year old boy.

R v L [2019]

Three complainant rape and serious sexual assault case. One of the complainants was ten-year-old boy, the second was a homeless man and the third was a man with learning difficulties.

R v M and L [2018]

This case involved two complainants who alleged that the defendant and raped and sexually assaulted them when they were children. The preparation for this case involved the analysis of a significant amount of social services material dated back over two decades.

R v M [2018]

Historic allegation of rape and serious sexual assaults made by multiple child complainants against a taxi driver.

R v P [2019]

Multiple armed robberies involving the use of a taser. This case involved cell site analysis, analysis of GPS data and extensive interrogation of mobile phone data.

R v O and another [2018]

Murder/manslaughter within the context of a county lines drug operation. Issues in the case included cell site analysis and joint enterprise.

R v H [2017]

Murder of a vulnerable adult by a man with serious psychiatric issues. The case involved the consideration of extensive expert psychiatric evidence.

R v D and others [2017]

Multi-million-pound drug conspiracy operating between Liverpool and the South Coast.

R v B [2016]

Murder of a high-ranking civil servant by a teenager with whom he was acquainted. The case involved substantial examination of expert evidence on blood distribution and pathology.

R v G and others

Multi-million- pound drugs and firearms conspiracy operating between Liverpool and the South Coast.

R v M [2021]

Death by dangerous driving allegation against a 94-year-old man suffering from dementia.

R v M [2018]

Historic allegation of rape and serious sexual assaults made by multiple complainants against a taxi driver.

R v B and others [2010]

Conspiracy to conduct hundreds of sham marriages for the purposes of evading immigrations rules. This was the largest prosecution of its type.

R v M [2020]

Death by dangerous driving allegation against a 94-year-old man suffering from dementia.

R v B [2021]

Death by careless driving allegation where a motorcyclist was struck and killed by a driver opening his car door whilst stuck in traffic with the ignition turned off. This involved extensive legal argument in relation to whether the defendant could be said to be “driving” at the relevant time the collision took place.

Daniel has extensive experience of allegations of high value fraud and business crime, including cases involving the instruction of experts.

He has particular expertise in cases involving money laundering and confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Notable Business Crime & Fraud cases


R v H and P [2008]

Represented a property developer charged with fraud and bribery in respect of an agreement to purchase a former hospital from an NHS Trust. The value of the fraud was estimated to be £3.2 million.

R v B and others [2010]

Conspiracy between a solicitor, a vicar and a Ukrainian “fixer” to conduct hundreds of sham marriages for the purposes of evading immigrations rule. This was the largest prosecution of its type.

R v W [2018]

represented an accountant charged with a stealing £500,000 from her employer over a number of years.

R v D [2018]

this case involved a multi-defendant conspiracy to launder the proceeds of a widespread and sophisticated fraud committed against vulnerable victims.

Daniel is instructed in a broad range of cases involving other regulatory offences, both in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court.

These cases include health and safety prosecutions, prosecutions on behalf of local authorities and prosecutions brought by the environment agency.

Daniel acts for Sussex and Surrey Police on a private basis. In this capacity he attends the Crown, Magistrates and County Court to represent the interests of the Chief Constable. These matters include applications for disclosure, forfeiture of assets, deprivation of property as well as free standing applications for protective orders (e.g. stalking protection orders and sexual harm protection orders)

Daniel also specialises in animal welfare law. This area of practice includes prosecuting offences for the RSPCA under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. These cases often involve multiple defendants, evidence obtained by the seizure and examination of phones and computers and the extensive forensic examination of expert evidence.

Notable Criminal Regulatory cases


R v N others [2020]

Representing the RSPCA this prosecution involved the prosecution of three men for offences contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. The case was connected to a nationwide illegal hunting conspiracy.

Daniel is instructed to represent interested parties in inquest hearings before the Coroner’s Court. He has experience of dealing with article 2 Human Rights Act inquests, Preventing Future Deaths (PFD) and those involving a through and detailed examination of the conduct of public sector bodies.

 

 

Notable Public Law cases


Inquest touching the death of ON – represented Surrey Police in this article 2 inquest into the death of a teenager who was diagnosed with autism. The case lasted 6 weeks and involved substantial expert evidence.

Daniel has an interest in international law and international human rights law. In 2016 he completed an LLM in International Law at SOAS (University of London).

  • LLM International Law (Merit) (2016)
  • Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) (2002)
  • LLB Law (2:1) (1999)

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • Sussex Bar Mess

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