Daniel Sawyer 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.
His cases often involve mobile phone and other location data evidence, as well as many different 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 often trains 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 police drugs experts on behalf of Sussex and Hampshire Constabularies
- Training of communications data analysts on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary
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.
- R v SN
Murder of a 13 year-old girl, as well as raping her when she was 12. This case involved detailed forensic evidence and evidence of mobile phone location that was described as groundbreaking by the expert witness, including tracing the GPS location of a phone that had not been recovered.
- R v FK
Prosecution of a 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 JB
Successful defence of a man accused of raping his ex-partner. He made a full confession in interview but later claimed that he only did so because the complainant threatened to withhold contact with their child.
- R v DS
Prosecuting causing death by careless driving. This case involved detailed accident reconstruction evidence from experts on both sides.
- 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 CR
Successful defence of a foster parent accused of sexual assault on his 17 year-old foster daughter, who had secretly recorded him apologising to her for doing so.
- R v KA
Secured acquittal of a man accused of abusing his nieces in the 1990s. Complaint made at the time but not pursued by family.
- 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 prosecution junior in a 12 handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs (county lines).
- R v WG and CD
Two defendants charged with a series of armed robberies of small businesses. This case involved cell site and ANPR evidence and identification from clothing.
- MA (Cantab)
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Crime Recorder - Western Circuit
- Western Circuit
- Criminal Bar Association