Dan brings a unique international background and legal perspective to our Commercial Litigation Department. After completing his legal studies in his native New Zealand, Dan qualified as a lawyer in New York, where he spent five years advising an international clientele on a varied range of business and legal matters. After relocating to London to pursue a career in litigation, Dan joined legacy Lovells in 2007, where he has focused on the resolution of complex, large-scale, multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Dan has played a key role on several of our largest cases before the English Commercial Court, including BTA v Ablyazov and Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky, and has accumulated broad litigation and arbitration experience across many other jurisdictions, including New York, California, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Cyprus, the BVI and the Isle of Man. Dan has advised extensively on all stages of the dispute resolution process, including pre-action investigations, the aggressive pursuit of interim freezing orders, multi-jurisdictional disclosure projects, and preparing clients and witnesses for trial in foreign and unfamiliar courts.
Today, Dan's client-base consists principally of industry-leading companies, banks and high-net worth individuals from Russia and other CIS member states. Through his extensive work in this region, Dan has built up a network of trusted local lawyers, legal service-providers and other experts, facilitating the swift selection of the right team for each case. Combined with Dan's black-letter law, technical and project management skills, this experience has translated into an impressive record of successfully achieving his clients' objectives.
Acting for various high net-worth individuals and their business interests from Russia and the CIS in a range of shareholder and commercial disputes.
Advising various market-leading Russian and Ukrainian companies across a range of industries in relation to their litigation and asset recovery strategy.
Acting for various banks in connection with claims against former management and associated parties to trace and recover billions of dollars extracted through fraudulent schemes.
Project managing large-scale discovery and litigation projects both in the UK and overseas.
Acting for tobacco industry clients in defence of litigation in West Africa brought to recoup alleged government expenditure on healthcare.
Acting for various clients in intellectual property and securities-law disputes before AAA and NASD arbitration panels.