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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

Living Wage
Work 020 7822 2000
Fax 020 7822 2001

Daniel Saoul QC

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.


Dan joined 4 New Square in 2008 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019.

He originally trained and practised 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 has appeared as advocate in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as a range of international arbitrations, in some of the leading cases in his areas of practice, which includes cases involving contractual issues, commercial fraud, banking and finance disputes and professional negligence amongst many other areas.

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.

A former member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel, he continues regularly to advise UK Government departments and agencies on sensitive and complex legal matters.

He is a former member of the Executive Committee of both the Commercial Bar Association and the British Association for Sport and Law.


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: 2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareA great team player and very bright.

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Fraud: civil

Within: 2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareTechnically excellent and very user friendly – he creates solutions to complex problems.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: 2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareTechnically excellent and has an excellent feel for a case, he is exceptionally good to work with.

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Professional negligence

Within: 2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareHe is very approachable.

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Within: 2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareExcellent strategically, he integrates himself seamlessly into the team.

Within: Sport

A set with a 'a very good reputation in the sports field', 4 New Square is active in sports discipline and anti-doping matters. 2019 silk appointment Daniel Saoul QC represented then-Toronto Wolfpack rugby league player Ryan Bailey, who was found to not be at fault for refusing a post-match drug test; the player suspected that bottles of water provided by the Canadian anti-doping authorities may have been interfered with. Kendrah Potts acted as sole counsel defending England cricketer Alex Hales in ECB disciplinary proceedings after his highly publicised involvement in a brawl after he and team-mate Ben Stokes intervened in a homophobic attack; Stokes was acquitted of affray in a criminal case arising from the same incident. Notably, a number of the set's members have experience of elite sport themselves –Saoul QC is a former elite rowing cox, Graeme McPherson QC has had success as a race horse trainer, and Diarmuid Laffan is a former U21 Ireland rugby union international loose forward.

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