Dan has a particular interest in public law, human rights, EU law and civil liberties: he acts for both respondents and petitioners.
He is a standing junior to the Scottish Government and a preferred counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
In recent years he has been to the Supreme Court on four occasions in public law cases where Convention rights were the issue of general public importance. He has acted for the respondent as junior counsel in an application to the European Court of Human Rights (Gough v United Kingdom).
He has appeared in the Inner House and Outer House representing public bodies in the fields of Energy and Planning law, Prison law, Mental Health, The Protection of Vulnerable Groups and in many other fields. He also represents individuals facing deportation or removal, having worked specifically in that field as a solicitor. He has appeared in the Sheriff Appeal Court.
Dan is also interested in public procurement and is instructed in professional neglience and commercial law matters.
He is ranked band 1 for Immigration, band 2 for Public Law and band 3 for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Chambers and Partners 2017.
- Beggs v Scottish Ministers  SLT 789
- Gough v United Kingdom (2015) 61 E.H.R.R. 8
- Penman for judicial review, 2015 SLT 597
- N v Advocate General 2014 1 WLR 2064;  UKSC 30
- A v BBC (Secretary of State for the Home Department Intervening)  2 WLR 1243;  UKSC 25