Called in 2016
Dale specialises in civil litigation providing advice and representation in property disputes, landlord & tenant, 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, and 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, and has appeared at all stages of proceedings through to final hearings, including fact-finding hearings.
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.
Prior to studying law, Dale worked in recruitment for six years. As a result, he has a high level of commercial awareness and is particularly good at working with businesses and employers.
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.
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)
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.
Experience and notable cases
Dale has a broad commercial practice and acting for both consumers and businesses in claims 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 £10,000 in costs despite costs not usually being awarded in small claims.
Claim by a recruitment agency in claim to recover unpaid fees where again Dale succeeded and obtained costs even though this was 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 by the other side.
Landlord and tenant
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 a particular interest in, and experience of, tenancy deposit disputes and has obtained successful outcomes for both landlords and tenants in these claims.
Dale 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.
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 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. He acts in the High Court and County Courts.
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 accepts instructions in occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability, highway 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.
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.