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Daniel Saoul KC
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.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2
4 New Square acts for national and international sports governing bodies as well as clubs, agents, and athlete associations. The set covers the full gamut of sports law, including match-fixing, doping, selection disputes, governance, safeguarding, disciplinary cases and sports-related commercial and insurance issues. Graeme McPherson KC acted for the team of Dragon Symbol, including the 2021 champion jockey Oisin Murphy over the horse’s penalisation in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot post-race, after winning the race on track, for making contact with another horse during the race. Daniel Saoul KC represented Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis, two bronze medallists from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, to challenge their non-selection by GB Badminton for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Richard Liddell KC is recognised for handling matters across the sports space as well as sitting as an arbitrator. Turning to the set’s juniors, Kendrah Potts defended England cricketer Oliver Robinson in relation to charges for bringing the game of cricket into disrepute concerning historic tweets. Pippa Manby has represented a number of athletes charged with doping offences.
An ‘excellent set with a speciality in costs‘, 4 New Square is ‘a collection of barristers operating in the modern era‘ that are frequently seen in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal costs cases, with representation from silk to junior level. October 2021 saw the conclusion of Ho v Adelekun, the leading Supreme Court appeal case on the question of qualified one-way costs shifting and set-off of costs. The set had representation on both sides, including renowned costs silk Nicholas Bacon KC for Ho, and Roger Mallalieu KC acting for the successful appellant. Benjamin Williams KC also acted in that appeal for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and in another appeal heard in October 2021, represented the former in GEHC v Rosenblatt, the longest ever costs trial relating to alleged misconduct by a commercial firm of solicitors. In another long-running costs assessment Vik v Deutsche Bank, Pippa Manby led by Bacon KC, was on the opposing side to Williams; her busy costs practice has her instructed in inter partes disputes and solicitor-client disputes in the County Courts, High Court and Senior Courts Costs Office. Daniel Saoul KC has a strong costs litigation practice and particular experience offshore, while Robert Marven KC is often brought into major group and commercial litigation on specific costs issues. Matthew Waszak joined the set from Temple Garden Chambers in March 2022 and adds to an impressive crop of juniors that includes regular sole costs counsel George McDonald, and Shail Patel, whose established commercial practice means he can advise on costs issues and take the lead in costs arguments as part of substantial commercial cases.
Daniel Saoul KC – 4 New Square ‘Dan is extremely responsive, user friendly and hands on. For large matters with frequent correspondence and applications he is an extremely valuable member of the legal team. His input is always sensible, well thought out and helpful.’(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 6
4 New Square is ‘a top-class outfit with top to bottom strength‘. Core areas such as professional negligence also feed into the increasingly impressive commercial practice of its members. Recent high profile cases include Vneshprombank (VPB) v Bedzhamov & Ors in which Justin Fenwick KC is leading Mark Cullen, on behalf of Georgy Bedzhamov, who alleges he is the victim of a corporate raid in fraud proceedings brought by a now-insolvent Russian bank, against a backdrop of intervention of his own Russian trustee in bankruptcy. Daniel Saoul KC is also leading the team, including Matthieu Gregoire, on behalf of the claimants in 600 Claimants v Spence, Kewley, Crump & Others, in which hundreds of individuals and companies were allegedly mis-sold holiday and student properties through the defendant’s ‘Emerging Properties’ brand.
Daniel Saoul KC – 4 New Square ‘Dan is a savvy, commercially minded silk willing to think around problems that leave others stumped. His written work is a joy, transforming even the most turgid application into a compelling page-turner.’(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2