Called in 2016
Dale appreciates that the current Coronavirus situation is posing a very difficult time for everybody including employers and employees, landlords and tenants. With considerable experience in landlord and tenant and employment law, Dale is currently offering advice by telephone or video link consultations. He continues to accept instructions from solicitors and otherwise through the public access scheme. For any matter related to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, Dale is willing to negotiate reduced rates with clients. In line with the usual public access scheme rules, all fees will be agreed prior to any work being carried out. If you are a solicitor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to instruct Dale though the public access scheme, please email Dale directly email@example.com
Dale specialises in civil litigation providing advice and representation in property disputes, landlord & tenant, employment, personal injury, insolvency and contractual disputes. He is frequently instructed to represent clients at all stages of litigation, from interlocutory applications and CCMCs, to trials, possession claims and injunction hearings. He is a well prepared and thorough advocate. He is proactive at keeping in touch with those instructing him to discuss and communicate case strategy.
Dale also accepts instructions in public and private family law proceedings. He has appeared at all stages of proceedings through to final hearings, including fact-finding hearings.
Dale is a member of the Attorney General's Junior Junior panel. Dale is qualified to accept instructions under the Public Access Scheme. He is also an accredited civil mediator.
Before commencing pupillage, Dale spent two years working as an advocate for LPC Law representing clients in the High Court (including the Insolvency Court and Companies Court) and various County Courts. He acted in small claim hearings and applications for possession, return of goods, bankruptcy, charging orders, infant approvals, summary judgment, strike out, relief from sanctions, and to set aside judgment in default. This gave him significantly greater advocacy experience than might be expected from someone of his call.
Dale is often praised for his attention to detail, commitment and very organised approach. He takes a calm and considered view to all cases, combining his legal knowledge with a commercial approach. He is not afraid to advise clients realistically about the prospects of success and financial implications of proceeding to trial. In Court he is a robust litigator and does not shy away from pursuing a difficult argument.
Dale is committed to pro bono work, and is a supervising lawyer at BPP’s Enterprise Clinic. He is also on the Advocate panel.
Away from chambers Dale enjoys keeping active and being outdoors. He has a love for cooking and is on the never-ending journey of perfecting his homemade tapas.
BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding) (2016)
LLB, BPP Law School (First Class) (2015)
- Highest Performing Professional Award (BPP) - Highest degree mark in his year.
- Certificate of Honour (Middle Temple) - Outstanding on BPTC (97% Civil Litigation and Professional Ethics)
- Sachs Prize (Middle Temple) - Top 5% on BPTC.
- Jules Thorn Scholarship (Middle Temple)
- Pro Bono Scholarship (BPP)
- Excellence Award (BPP)
- LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2015 - Won the Access to Justice Foundation’s Student Essay Competition, presented by the Attorney General in the House of Commons. His article was published in the New Law Journal.
- LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2014 - Runner up in the Best Contribution by an Individual Student Award.
- Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono Award 2013, 2014, and 2015 (BPP)
- Winner of the Big Voice London ‘Just Rights’ Mooting Competition 2014. The final was held before Lord Hughes, in the UK Supreme Court.
Dale has a broad commercial practice and acting for both consumers and businesses in claims arising out of breach of contract, debt recovery and consumer rights. Previous cases include:
- A three-day small claims hearing representing an accountant in a claim for unpaid fees against three defendants. The defences raised numerous issues including misrepresentation, fraud and breach of data protection legislation. The claim succeeded and Dale recovered significant costs despite it being a small claim.
- Claim by a recruitment agency in a claim to recover unpaid fees where Dale succeeded and obtained costs despite it being a small claim.
- Claim against a high street bank for failure to pay out under a contract of insurance. Dale appeared for the bank and had the claim struck out with all costs payable on the indemnity basis by the claimant
Dale has advised on all aspects of residential property claims including forfeiture claims; service charge disputes; section 21 possession proceedings; unlawful eviction; fraud; harassment and disrepair.
Dale has experience of tenancy deposit disputes and has obtained successful outcomes for both landlords and tenants in these claims.
Dale also has a comprehensive knowledge of the regulations governing Houses in Multiple Occupation and accepts instructions from landlords in all aspects of these cases including criminal prosecutions and civil claims heard in the First Tier Tribunal. He has a particular interest in rent repayment orders and has obtained highly favourable results for client in making and resisting these applications.
Dale has particular experience in cases involving 1954 Act renewals; break clauses; sub-letting and assignments; forfeiture; and retrieval of unpaid rent.
Dale acts for clients in all areas of property law. He has a particular interest in constructive/resulting trusts and claims pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
He is currently advising on a case valued at over £2million in respect of a dispute between siblings.
He has also been instructed on a number of injunction cases involving rights of way and is always willing to provide urgent advice and representation in this area.
Dale advises in respect of all matters relating to corporate and personal insolvency, whether representing office-holders, debtors, creditors, companies, directors and insolvency practitioners.
Dale has experience in the full range of matters associated with insolvency litigation, including the proceedings themselves and applications made within insolvency proceedings such as applications to set aside statutory demands, to restrain winding up petitions, to restrain advertisement of petitions, and for administration orders.
Dale worked in recruitment for six years prior to becoming a barrister. This gave him a firm grounding in employment law issues. He volunteered with the Free Representation Unit and represented clients in multi day hearings at the Employment Tribunal. He has experience dealing with unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, unpaid wages, working time, TUPE and contractual claims. Dale provides pragmatic and commercially grounded advice to both employers and employees.
Dale accepts instructions in occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability, Highways Act and road traffic accident claims. He is regularly instructed to appear in a range of trials, interim hearings and CCMCs.
He acts for defendants in cases involving exaggerated injuries and those where fundamental dishonesty has been alleged and has experience of securing the disapplication of QOCS in such cases.
Dale also acts for both claimants and defendants in credit hire claims and takes a forensic approach to quantum. He is frequently being highly praised by those instructing him for obtaining favourable outcomes.
Dale is frequently instructed in both interim and final hearings in respect of non-molestation and occupation orders and has drafted appeal proceedings to the High Court in respect of occupation orders.
Dale represented a mother in a six-day hearing of her application to discharge a care order. He has also successfully represented parents at interim care order hearings. He has an empathetic and considerate approach to such matters.