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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC
4 New Square

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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

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Daniel Saoul QC4 New SquareA calming and reassuring influence, happy to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the detail, whilst at the same time retaining a senses of the bigger picture.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Daniel Saoul QC4 New SquareIncredibly flexible to work with and gets to the heart of a problem quickly while maintaining a collaborative approach.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Daniel Saoul QC4 New Square

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Daniel Saoul QC4 New SquareA formidable force as an opponent, but an absolute delight to work with. His advice is sharp, to the point and concise.

4 New Square is home to ‘a considerable number of first-rate sports barristers’ who cater to a client roster of governing bodies, clubs, agents and athlete associations. Members are adept in all-manner of relevant work including match-fixing, doping, disciplinary, commercial, governance and play-agent-club disputes, often advocating and arbitrating at the Court of Arbitration, among other domestic and international venues. Daniel Saoul QC represented boxing promoter Barry McGuigan (himself, a former featherweight world champion) in a dispute with undisputed light welterweight champion Josh Taylor, who he used to promote. Elsewhere, Graeme McPherson QC’s standing in the market is evident by the fact that he was one of only four silks appointed to the Premier League’s Judicial Panel while at junior-level, Kendrah Potts appeared in the high-profile case of The Football Association v Daniel Sturridge, successfully representing the former England international in his defence of charges brought under the governing body’s betting regulations. Potts was also triumphant in EFL v Birmingham City FC, a case which pertained to a second financial fair play charge brought against the club; a sanction of reprimand was the decided punishment and ultimately a favourable outcome over a proposed points deduction which would have seen the Club relegated to League One.