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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

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Work 020 7822 2000
Fax 020 7822 2001

Daniel Saoul

Work 020 7822 2000
4 New Square (Chambers of Mark Cannon QC)

Work Department

Domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. Sports law. Public law. Costs litigation.


Dan joined 4 New Square in 2008 after training and practising as a solicitor-advocate at City firm Herbert Smith LLP (now Herbert Smith Freehills). Has also practised as a litigator in the British Virgin Islands for leading offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman.

His commercial case-load is broad and reflects his training in the City (including stints in two investment banks) as well as his international background – he is a fluent French speaker and has studied and worked in a number of different countries. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR).

His sports law practice benefits from his experience as a former international sportsman. He has acted for governing bodies, athletes, clubs and other entities in a wide range of high profile matters. He is a member of Sport Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and also sits as arbitrator for various National Governing Bodies. He is a Director of the British Association for Sport and Law.

He is a member of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel) and accepts instructions in a range of governmental cases.

Where costs litigation is concerned, he has expertise in all aspects of the field both at first instance and at appellate level.


Fluent French, basic Spanish.


COMBAR, British Association for Sport and the Law.


Lycee Français Charles de Gaulle, London; University of Edinburgh; University of California, Berkeley; University of Oxford; BPP Law School (London).


Full member of Leander Club.

London Bar


Within: Costs – 2019 silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareRecommended for complex costs issues.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – 2019 silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareCombines superb technical skills with commercial acumen.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – 2019 silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareAn excellent, hardworking lawyer who is prepared to work as a team.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – 2019 silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareHe is extremely thorough.

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Within: Sport – 2019 silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareA nice guy, and one of the best junior silks in sport; a star practitioner.

Within: Sport

The ‘well-resourced’ set at 4 New Square provides clients with ‘an overwhelmingly positive experience’; its barristers and clerks are ‘very polite, friendly and helpful’, and provide ‘a fast turnaround’. Equestrianism is an area of particular strength: Graeme McPherson QC defended British trainer Hughie Morrison against charges brought after one of his horses tested positive for anabolic steroids. Active across a wide range of sports, Daniel Saoul acted for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in appeal proceedings brought by Lichfield Ladies RUFC and Thurrock RFC Ladies following their exclusion from the new Women’s Premier League.

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