Daniel came to the Bar with 20 years of successful business operation. As an entrepreneur, he built businesses from the ground up to turning over millions of pounds and has hands-on experience in every area of operation and face-to-face negotiations. As such, he has a robust and pragmatic approach to legal advice and representation with a focus on achieving a workable solution for his clients.
Daniel also manages a Licensed Body law firm authorised and regulated by the Bar Standards Board to provide litigation, advice and advocacy services.
Drawing on his business background, Daniel has a keen interest in company law and regularly advises on shareholders disputes, directors' responsibilities, contractual disputes, and commercial debt recovery. Daniel has also acted in the retrieval of company assets from ex-directors and advised on private prosecutions for offences under the Companies Act.
Contracts and consumer law
Daniel stresses the importance of clear and coherent agreements and offers a pragmatic approach to contractual and consumer disputes generally, including breach of contract, Consumer Rights Act claims, travel delay claims, and unfair terms in consumer contracts.
Intellectual property law
Following his passion from his business experience, Daniel studied Intellectual Property law for his LLB (First-class), LLM (Distinction), and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) option (graded Outstanding).
Daniel has experience with intellectual property registrations and disputes, including trade mark applications and infringements, copyright and design rights registrations and infringements, domain name disputes, and online keyword infringements. He has recently advised in matters of software copyright and suis generis database rights for a multi-million-pound development project.
Daniel has had excellent results and judicial praise in child arrangement hearings and other family law issues. He finds this area of law a natural fit for his problem-solving and pragmatic approach to bring parties together who have been driven apart. Daniel draws on his 20 years’ experience in negotiating and resolving issues and conflicts to achieve a mutual and fair resolution to the most complex problems. These skills are essential to draw family conflicts and disputes to a swift conclusion and allow parties to move forward positively and leave difficulties behind insofar as is possible.
His approachable style makes his clients feel comfortable to trust him to progress their case for the long term.
Daniel has frequently appeared in court for child arrangement disputes and allegations of physical and emotional abuse. Notably, Daniel has advised on cases of international child abduction and emergency High Court applications for an order to return the child to the country of origin.
References from barristers
“His business skills speak for themselves. His interpersonal skills are considerable and he is a man of the utmost integrity.”
– Stephen Harvey QC, criminal & regulatory barrister
“He is an able, dedicated barrister.”
– Stuart Stevens, Head of Holborn Chambers
Outside of work, Daniel is a veteran martial artist and 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and Close-Quarters Combat training. He is also a technical expert on the committee for POLARM Academy, which provides training to the Army, Special Forces, and Police.
“Daniel ShenSmith and team have been great so far in the case he is dealing with for me and is going above and beyond. The case he is dealing with for myself and my son is very upsetting but he shows he does care and will fight for justice. ”
Tammie Marie ShenSmith Law
The Bar Council
The Business of Barristers
Top tips on running a successful Direct Access Practice
The benefits of direct access: a client’s perspective
The Bar Standards Board
Daniel talked at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference. A discussion on ABSs with the Bar Standard Board. Daniel talked alongside Bar Standard Board Director General Dr. Vanessa Davies about new ABS structures and Licensed Bodies, delivering both the client perspective and service provider perspective on the new structures.
Innovating the Bar: barrister insight from Thomson Reuters
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Daniel ShenSmith discusses his approach to innovation at the Bar.
Innovating the Bar: how to create and grow a successful practice
Growing a successful public access practice – strategies and skills for success
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Public Access Bar Association: Public Access Seminar 2017