Daniel is an English trained barrister and practised at the Bar in England for a number of years before returning to Gibraltar. He is one of a few Gibraltar lawyers who holds a valid practice certificate to advise on English law and continues to appear as an advocate in the courts in England and Wales. He is a senior litigator whose main areas of practice include insolvency, trusts, insurance and financial services regulatory litigation. Many of his cases have been leading cases in their field.
Daniel is also a Member of the Gibraltar Parliament and has made a significant contribution to public life in Gibraltar. He was a member of the Gibraltar delegation that successfully negotiated the new constitution with the United Kingdom from 2003-2006 and that addressed the UN on Gibraltar related issues from 2002-2005.
In 2007 he became Gibraltar’s first Minister for Justice steering some of the most fundamental legal reforms in living memory including the introduction of the Insolvency Act 2011. From 2011 to 2012 he was Deputy Leader of the Opposition and then Leader of the Opposition until July 2017. He is currently the Shadow Minister for Justice and financial services.
His experience in public life provides him with a unique insight into the macroeconomic or political factors behind the decisions of public or regulatory authorities, as well as the way those decisions are taken. He has, for example, acted for and against the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (“the GFSC”) on many occasions and in 2006 devised their protocols for cooperation with foreign regulators. Together with Nigel Feetham, widely recognized as the leading insurance lawyer in Gibraltar, they act and have acted in a number of very significant disputes involving decisions of the GFSC in insurance and other regulatory cases.
Many of these disputes involve complex and important points of laws concerning the powers of the GFSC when investigating licensed entities or in relation to the legislative framework in which those investigations are conducted (e.g. the Solvency II Directive, the Financial Services (Insurance Companies) Act 1987 and the Financial Services (Information Gathering and Co-operation) Act 2013). Their combined knowledge and experience in this field is probably unrivalled in the jurisdiction.