Daniel Sawyer

Year of Call: 2001
Email Address: daniel.sawyer@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01962 868 884

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Crime

Daniel is a criminal law specialist who is instructed in the full range of criminal cases, including murder, violence, sexual offences and multi-handed conspiracies, as well as causing death by dangerous or careless driving.  He has been instructed alone, as a led junior and as leading junior.

Daniel is a Grade 3 prosecutor on the Rape list for the Western Circuit.  He is regularly instructed in cases involving mobile phone and other location data evidence, as well as other cases involving many difference sources of evidence, where he is known for his ability to explain large amounts of evidence and technical matters in simple terms.

He is also regularly instructed in serious sexual offences, particularly with young or vulnerable witnesses.

Daniel has dealt with a range of regulatory offences, including planning enforcement (in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal), food hygiene and tachograph offences.

Daniel has extensive experience in dealing with expert witnesses and technical points of evidence.  This includes:

  • Drugs experts (police and defence)
  • Mobile phone location evidence
  • Computer evidence
  • Medical and psychiatric evidence (including cross-examining psychiatrists as to a defendant’s capacity)
  • Forensic experts, including DNA, fingerprints, footwear, fibres and glass fragments
  • Accident reconstruction in fatal road traffic accidents.

Daniel is also involved in the training of expert and professional witnesses, including:

  • Annual training at the University of Winchester for doctors, covering the court process and cross-examination
  • Training and assessment of newly qualified police drugs experts on behalf of Sussex and Hampshire Constabularies
  • Training of police comms intel analysts (booked for 2019).

Daniel has a strong background in the armed forces and is involved with a charity that provides rehabilitation for veterans with PTSD through riding and conservation.  He has a particular interest in representing current and former members of HM Armed Forces.

Cases

  • R v SN: prosecution junior (led by William Mousley QC).  Defendant convicted of murdering a 13 year-old girl, as well as raping her when she was 12.  This case involved detailed forensic evidence and mobile phone location data.
  • R v FK: taxi driver accused of raping his passenger, who gave evidence from a psychiatric intensive care unit, having suffered severe PTSD from the incident.  This involved complicated disclosure decisions and argument.
  • R v LB: prosecuting a father accused of raping his 12 year-old daughter.  Acquitted on some counts but the jury were hung on others so there was a retrial at which he was convicted of the remaining counts.  The retrial involved abuse of process arguments that were then the subject of an appeal which was dismissed by the single judge.
  • R v DFC and others: 9 handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs (county lines), including arguments about child exploitation.
  • R v AS and others: leading junior in a 12 handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs (county lines).
  • R v KW and others: led junior in a case of historical sexual abuse of two sisters by their father and uncles.
  • R v CD: led junior in a case of historical sexual abuse by the manager of a care home of the boys under his care.
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Academic qualifications

  • MA (Cantab)
  • BVC

Professional bodies

  • Western Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association