Daniel Swan > Chambers of Deni Mathews > Plymouth, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Deni Mathews
KBG Chambers

Work Department

Family Law


Daniel maintains a full public law practice.  

Daniel regularly acts in finding of fact hearings in matters of non-accidental injury and sexual abuse.

Recent cases include:

Re: S & P – Instructed on behalf of a father in care proceedings issued following the death of a child.

Re: S and others – Instructed by a local authority to obtain injunctions under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court against seven males to protect a teenage girl from child sexual exploitation. Injunctions obtained. 

Re: C&P – Instructed by the children’s guardian to represent a a young baby who presented, at 7 weeks old, with 30 fractures. 2 week fimding of fact hearing.

Re: K & J – Represented a father in a 10 day finding of fact hearing in respect of two young children that concerned the injestion of subutex by a one year old and the exposure of both children to a number of illicit substances.  Issues included the reliability of hair strand testing and the correct procedure for collection, storage and analysis.  

Re: O – Represented a mother through the official solicitor in a 10 day finding of fact hearing in respect of  allegations of sexual and physical abuse.  None of the findings sought by the local authority against the mother were made.

Re: W – Application before Baker J in respect of an application to discharge a father with parental responsibility as a party to care proceedings.

Re: W – Representated a local authority at final hearing in fraught and complex proceedings.  Instructed at very short notice due to the matter being returned from leading counsel.  

Re: C – Sucessfully persuaded the court, against its initial determination, that it did infact have jurisdiction in respect of a child habitually resident outside of the EU.  

Re: W – Represented a father accused of causing injuries to his three month old baby.

Re: S – Representated a local authority in a case where the mother was accused of causing injuries to her child by shaking him.

Re: V – Representated an intervenor in a complex fact finding hearing concerning multiple serious injuries to a baby.  Intervenor removed from the pool at pre-trial stage.


Called to The Bar 2012

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Daniel SwanKBG Chambers ‘Daniel is a highly competent childcare barrister, his advocacy and client care skills are excellent.’