Daniel Margolin QC

Daniel Margolin QC Partner

Daniel joined JHA in 2015 from Maitland Chambers, a leading commercial chancery set, where his varied, litigation-based practice encompassed commercial fraud, company and insolvency litigation, tax disputes, judicial review, professional negligence and professional discipline, property litigation, and trusts and succession disputes.

Before being appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2015, Daniel was a member of the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, was ranked in Band 1 for Chancery: Commercial in Chambers UK and for Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery in Chambers Global, and was listed in Chambers 100 UK Bar as one of the top 100 juniors at the Bar across all areas of practice. As former Treasury Counsel he has extensive experience of litigation involving public bodies, in particular HMRC and what is now the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

In addition to litigation before the English courts, Daniel has been instructed in ICC, LCIA, LMAA and ad hoc arbitrations and has often appeared as a mediation advocate. In the context of expert determination he has been instructed as advocate and appointed as legal expert.

Daniel’s recent experience includes acting in, and advising in relation to, litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning complex, high-value commercial disputes, generally with a strong international flavour; advising in relation to investment treaty disputes; and representing multinational corporate groups in litigation involving challenges to the lawfulness of UK corporate tax imposts.


Daniel has been recommended in Chambers UK for Chancery: Commercial and Real Estate Litigation, in Chambers Global for Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery and in The Legal 500 for Commercial, Insolvency and Property Litigation. Before taking silk he featured in Chambers 100 UK Bar as one of the top 100 junior barristers in England and Wales across all practice areas. Recent editions of the directories have described him as follows:

“He is favoured as “he always provides sound, practical, down to earth advice …”” (Chambers 100 UK Bar)

“He is very calm and logical.” “He gives thoroughly prepared and commercially sensible advice, and his analysis of the risks in cases is always spot on …” (Chambers UK 2015, Chancery: Commercial)

“He is very knowledgeable, thorough and hard-working. He is also very robust and a very good and tenacious advocate.” (Chambers UK 2014, Real Estate Litigation)

“Always thoroughly well prepared, he can think on his feet and is willing to go the extra mile.” (The Legal 500 2014, Property Litigation)

“Extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and outstanding on his feet.” (The Legal 500 2013, Insolvency)

“A tenacious advocate with an ability for cross-examination.” (The Legal 500 2014, Insolvency)

“A highly articulate advocate. “He is approachable and commercial in his advice.” “A bright and level-headed advocate, he is very user-friendly.”” (Chambers UK 2015, Real Estate Litigation)


Daniel is a Contributing Editor of Mithani: Directors’ Disqualification (published by LexisNexis).

Admissions and Affiliations

Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) 1999

Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel) 2005

Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) 2010

Queen’s Counsel 2015


BA, 1st class honours, Balliol College, Oxford 1993

Graduate Diploma in Law, City University 1994

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law 1995

Scholarships and Awards

ER Noble Scholarship, Balliol College, Oxford 1991-1993

Coolidge Pathfinder, Balliol College, Oxford 1993

Karmel Entrance Award, Gray’s Inn 1993

Prince of Wales Scholarship, Gray’s Inn 1994