Daniel Black

Profile

Daniel is developing a broad practice across Chambers’ core areas, a significant amount of which involves an international dimension. During pupillage Daniel appeared as sole counsel in the High Court as well as the County Court and developed wide trial experience encompassing commercial and insolvency, aviation, international personal injury and travel disputes.

Before joining 3 Hare Court, Daniel lectured in Constitutional and European Union Law. On the basis of this expertise, Daniel has recently been instructed as junior counsel to Thomas Roe QC on a constitutional law challenge to discriminatory laws on sexuality in two Commonwealth jurisdictions.  

He holds the Bachelor of Civil Law degree from St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Commercial and Insolvency

Daniel has recently been instructed as junior counsel to Aidan Casey QC in a high value breach of contract dispute concerning cryptocurrency trading. He has successfully appeared in breach of contract trials in his own right, including Coleman v Saxton where the Claimant’s position on the interpretation of a delivery clause for a vehicle was upheld.

He regularly appears in the County Court, High Court and before Companies Court judges as sole counsel in contested winding up and bankruptcy petitions. He has experience in a range of corporate insolvency matters including breach of fiduciary duty and restitution actions. Additionally, he has recently advised on the question of the circumstances under which a company’s employee may come within the definition of ‘fiduciary’ and on a cross-border restitution issue arising from fraudulent banking transactions.

Public Law

Daniel’s background has given him significant knowledge in this area. In addition to his instruction concerning discriminatory laws on sexuality in the Caribbean, he was also instructed as second junior counsel to Thomas Roe QC in seeking permission for a judicial review into the BBC’s compliance with its impartiality obligations under the BBC Charter as relates to the Corporation’s Brexit coverage (Keighley v BBC, Claim no: CO/3063/2019).

He accepts instructions in judicial review matters and has engaged in pro bono work in the field.

Jurisdiction, Conflict of Laws and Travel

Judgment is awaited in Ali v Southall Travel (in which Daniel appeared as sole counsel) on the question of what amounts to the provision of ‘general information’ about passports under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 and on which there is no reported authority.

Daniel advises regularly on jurisdiction and conflict of laws matters and has extensive experience in travel law, particularly Denied Boarding and Flight Delay claims under Regulation EC No 261/2004. He accepts instructions for Defendants in claims under the main international conventions.

International Personal Injury

Daniel has quickly developed experience in Fast Track personal injury trials and has acted for both Defendants and Claimants in respect of illness and injuries suffered abroad. In this element of his practice, Daniel regularly appears against significantly more experienced Counsel.

Employment

During pupillage Daniel undertook a seat in this area in which he additionally has his own trial experience.  

Education

University of Glasgow (2008-2012) LL.B. First Class Honours

St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford (2013-2014) BCL

Awards and Prizes

Colombos International Law Essay Prize (Middle Temple) 2015

Oxford Legal Assistance Moot, second place (University of Oxford) 2014

Jules Thorn Scholarship (Middle Temple) 2013

GDL Mooting Competition, second place (City University London) 2012

Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple) 2012

Only candidate to achieve a ‘First’ in each of the Constitutional Law Honours research and final exam elements (University of Glasgow) 2012

National Security Law Prize (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 2011

GPA 3.9/4.0 (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 2011

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)