Daniel Taylor

Associate
Contact details

07818 334 869

029 2068 6201

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I cannot recommend Dan enough. He is professional, expeditious and knowledgeable.

Chambers and Partners, 2024

Daniel is an Associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team in Cardiff specialising in commercial disputes, and public law matters.

Main areas of practice

Daniel advises clients on a broad range of commercial and civil claims. He has significant experience of contractual claims, debt recovery, negligence cases and partnership disputes.

Daniel also undertakes public law work, to include judicial review, procurement challenges, education, safeguarding, mental health and mental capacity law.

He also has experience in dealing with public inquiries work.

Clients

Daniel regularly advises both public and private sector clients.

Significant experience

Daniel has extensive experience in the following areas:

Court of Protection

  • Bringing and responding to applications on behalf of Local Authorities and Health Boards in connection with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) framework.
  • Advising on matters when individuals lack capacity in complex welfare disputes involving sensitive issues such as social media, sexual relations, residence, care and contact.
  • Advising in relation to:
    • a) Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the relevant Codes of Practice;
    • b) Mental Health Act 1983 and 2007;
    • c) Issues surrounding consent to medical treatment;
    • d) Detention and restraint.

Education

  • Understanding and experience of advising in relation to Special Educational Needs or Additional Learning Needs, and regularly represents local authorities in relation to matters in the Education Tribunal for Wales, when matters are unable to reach early resolution.
  • Daniel is adapt to advise on the new Additional Learning Needs system in Wales and has provided training to local authorities on the new Act.

Procurement

  • Daniel regularly advises contracting authorities and economic operators in relation to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“PCR2015”) and The Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 (“DSPCR2011”).
  • Daniel advises on all aspects of procurement law to include:
    • a) Advising on modifications to contracts;
    • b) Reviewing evaluation and award criteria;
    • c) Reviewing standstill letters;
    • d) Procurement disputes – challenging or defending a public contract award.
  • Daniel’s recent experience of procurement disputes include:
    • a) Advising NHS England in relation to procurement and supply of key medicines;
    • b) Representing NHS England in relation to a procurement challenge concerning a seven-year contract for the provision of orthodontic services in East Hampshire, where the Technology and Construction Court developed the law concerning the “sufficiently serious” test. This matter is currently before the Court of Appeal;
    • b) Advising Cardiff University on a major construction procurement relating to post-award modifications in accordance with Regulation 72 of the PCR2015;
    • c) Advising a leading supplier of protective and tactical equipment for military and emergency services sectors in relation to a procurement of sniper equipment in accordance with DSPCR2011;
    • d) Representing a global medical products company in relation to procurement of pharmaceutical equipment;
    • e) Advising the Welsh Government on a procurement challenge issued by an unsuccessful economic operator pursuant to the PCR2015. To include issues dealing with standstill period, limitation periods and clarifications.

Judicial Review

  • Daniel has experience of advising public sector clients on judicial review challenges, both through the medium of the English and Welsh language.

Commercial Disputes

  • Daniel advises on a range of commercial disputes (both pre-action and in litigation), to include contractual disputes (including sale of goods and debt recovery), shareholder disputes, corporate transactions disputes and unfair prejudice petitions.
  • Daniel is regularly instructed in relation to matters at the County Court and High Court, and has recently represented clients at the Court of Appeal.
  • Daniel’s recent experience of commercial disputes include:
    • a) Advising and representing an entrepreneur in relation to an alleged breach of contract claim relating to an asset swap agreement with a former business partner;
    • b) Representing a Respondent to a multi-million-pound unfair prejudice petition concerning a property joint venture and three related disputes;
    • c) Representing a charity in a claim for damages arising from a breach of an implied contract for the supply of services, which also included claims for quantum meruit remuneration;
    • d) Representing the Welsh Government in a claim arising under the Highways Act 1980, which included complex considerations relating to limitation and causation.

Public Inquiries

  • Daniel is currently working on behalf of core participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry and the UK Covid-19 Inquiry. Daniel has provided advice to clients on witness statements, rule 9 requests, what documents should and should not be disclosed and has advised on issues of privilege.

High Value / Complex Personal Injury Claims / Inquests

  • At the start of his career, Daniel specialised in high value and complex injury claims, involving catastrophic and other serious orthopaedic injuries, to include spinal and amputee injury claims.
  • Daniel also represented families following a bereavement, which included representation at inquests.

Expertise

Career

Daniel studied his Law degree at Cardiff University before completing his CILEx studies at the Cardiff and Vale College. Daniel then studied with Barbri and QLTS School in London, to cross-qualify as a Solicitor. Daniel qualified as a Solicitor through the SQE route and scored amongst the top 10% performers for his cohort, both for SQE1 and SQE2.

He joined Blake Morgan during 2021. Prior to joining Blake Morgan, Daniel worked for both national and global firms in London and Cardiff, specialising in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. He was promoted to an Associate in July 2023.

Contact details

07818 334 869

029 2068 6201

LinkedIn

Accreditations
Memberships
  • Law Society of England and Wales

Additional Expertise

Daniel is a fluent Welsh speaker and is placed to advise bilingually.

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Mae Daniel yn siaradwr Cymraeg rhugl, ac efo profiad helaeth o gynghori yn y Gymraeg.

Quotes


"He is very responsive and appreciative of the pressures we face."

Chambers and Partners, 2024

"Daniel is thorough, detailed and provides clear instructions. He is very good at getting answers for us and I don't need to chase him as he keeps me informed."

Chambers and Partners, 2024

Insights by Daniel


articles

25 April - Daniel Taylor

Can you exclude a non-compliant bid from a tender process? We look at a recent case that examined the lawfulness of rejecting a bid on the grounds of non-compliance with the...

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case-studies

2 February - Daniel Taylor

Sarah Whittle and Daniel Taylor successfully defend NHS England in a landmark procurement case before the Court of Appeal. In this article we examine what a sufficiently serious breach is...

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articles

29 November - Daniel Taylor

In the last article of our public inquiry series, we look at freedom of information requests and defamation claims made in the context of a public inquiry. The extent of...

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