Daniel Calder

Year of Call: 2008


University: University of Manchester
School of Law: Manchester Metropolitan University
- LL.B. (Hons) First Class; 
  - M.A. International Politics (International Relations); 
  - Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (BVC)

Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
RG Lawson Senior Legal Scholarship (University of Manchester)
RW Stead Scholarship    (University of Manchester)
RG Lawson Prize for Criminal Justice (University of Manchester)

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Northern Circuit
Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association
Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel (Level 3)

Daniel is an established and busy trial advocate, and regularly prosecutes and defends serious and complex criminal cases in the Crown Court. His practice covers serious violent and sexual offences including inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, rape, sexual assault, armed robbery, firearms, fraud and cases involving the large-scale importation, production and supply of drugs.

He has extensive experience of prosecuting and defending applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA), and has been instructed by UKBA, the Home Office and HMRC to prosecute applications for detention and forfeiture of cash under POCA. He also accepts instructions to prosecute on behalf of the RSPCA, the National Probation Service and the Youth Offending Team.

Daniel has a particular specialism in criminal appeals, having spent 18 months in employed practice at the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), providing legal support and advice to the Registrar of Criminal Appeals and the senior judiciary. He has worked on high-profile reported criminal conviction and sentence appeals of the utmost seriousness, up to and including murder, invoking highly technical and complex principles of appellate law. He has an insider’s knowledge and experience of the practice of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and has been assigned by the Registrar to appear on behalf of unrepresented litigants at the Court of Appeal.

Daniel regularly acts as led junior and/or disclosure junior in serious cases involving high-value white collar crime and allegations of non-recent sexual offending. He co-defended in the UK’s first prosecution for Film Tax Credit fraud, a complex and high-profile conspiracy attracting international media coverage.

He is appointed as a Level 3 prosecutor on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel.

Regulatory and Disciplinary Law

Daniel is regularly instructed to prosecute by local authorities in criminal and regulatory matters, including trademark and copyright infringements, licensing appeals and Trading Standards prosecutions. Daniel accepts instructions to advise and represent in all aspects of Prison Law, and is experienced at successfully representing defendants at prison disciplinary adjudication hearings.

Road Traffic Law

Daniel has extensive experience of motoring offences, regularly defending private clients in Magistrates’ courts across the country. He has been instructed to defend section 172 RTA 1988 offences (“failure to furnish”), allegations of driving with excess alcohol, speeding and careless or dangerous driving. Daniel has successfully defended in numerous “exceptional hardship” arguments, helping clients to avoid “totting-up” disqualifications, and has particular experience of special reasons arguments.

View Notable Cases


R v I (2018) Leeds Crown Court
Instructed defence counsel in trial concerning the alleged rape of a passenger by a taxi driver.

R v P (2018) Leicester Crown Court
Instructed defence counsel in prosecution of a defendant of good character for an offence of section 18 inflicting grievous bodily harm involving life-changing injury.

R v W (2017) Manchester Crown Court
Instructed defence counsel in prosecution of aggravated burglary and section 18 wounding with intent.

R v A (2017) Manchester Crown Court
Instructed defence counsel in prosecution of a campaign of knifepoint sexual assaults across Manchester city centre.

R v M (2015) Manchester Crown Court
Instructed defence counsel in two-week multi-handed trial concerning significant supply of cocaine and cannabis.

R v S & Others (Operation Skybolt) (2014) Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court
Instructed counsel in successful prosecution trial concerning the supply of 22kg (£6.5m) of heroin between London and Manchester, reported nationally as one of Greater Manchester Police’s largest ever drugs seizures.

R v AB & Others (Operation Neutrino) (2013-14) Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court
Instructed prosecution counsel in nine-handed conspiracy to produce and supply commercial quantities of cannabis across the Greater Manchester area.

R v AZ (2014)  Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court
Instructed counsel in successful prosecution trial concerning £1m heroin importation.

R v S & Others (2013)  Southwark Crown Court
Led defence junior in the UK’s first prosecution trial for Film Tax Credit fraud, a complex and high profile conspiracy attracting international media coverage. 

R v PK (2012)  Manchester Crown Court
Led prosecution junior in trial of 37 historic allegations of rape and sexual abuse against six complainants. Conviction secured following 4 week trial.

R v B (2011)  Chester Crown Court
Led defence junior in a complex, high value money laundering case involving an international prostitution ring.







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