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Practice Summary

Described as “extremely thorough”, “lightning fast on his feet”, “switched-on, and a collegial member of the team”, Daniel Hubbard has been named as a leading junior in the legal directories since 2012.  He practices across the broad range of commercial law and is “as much at home handling commercial litigation as he is tackling arbitration” (Chambers UK 2017).  

Daniel prides himself on being down-to-earth, accessible, and utterly committed.  Battle-hardened, he has had considerable courtroom experience, attracting praise for “his confident and well-prepared advocacy” (Chambers UK 2016).  Boasting experience across the full spectrum of commercial disputes, Daniel has acted in multiple complex and high value cases, particularly in the energy sector.

What the Directories say

Frequently acts as sole counsel in high-value international arbitrations, with particular emphasis on disputes regarding issues of oil and gas. "He really gets hold of the key issues."

Chambers UK 2020 - International Arbitration

“Experienced in complex and high-value arbitration and litigation in the energy sector.”

Legal 500 2020 - Energy

"He is extremely bright and personable, and truly a pleasure to work with."

Chambers UK 2019 - International Arbitration

“He is extremely thorough.”

Chambers UK 2018 - International Arbitration

“He is lightning-fast on his feet, and willing to get his hands dirty digging through the details.” “He’s switched-on, and a collegial member of the team who gets on with the client.”

Chambers UK 2018 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

As much at home handling commercial litigation as he is tackling arbitration, he is well known for the expertise he brings to civil fraud and contractual disputes. He also handles work in the oil and gas sector. “He is assured and quick to grasp the issues.”

Chambers UK 2017 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Very sharp, detailed and has a strategic mind.”

Chambers UK 2017 - International Arbitration

Has an established practice in arbitration proceedings, and offers further experience in civil fraud and complex contractual disputes.  "Daniel's drafting and legal analysis is impressive, as is his confident and well-prepared advocacy before the court."

Chambers UK 2016 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

“A smart cookie. He knows what he’s doing; he’s good on his feet, good on paper and highly responsive.”

Chambers UK 2015 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

Areas of Expertise – Some Highlights

The cases below represent some of the more important matters that Daniel has acted in.  A fuller description, by reference to individual practice areas, can be found by clicking on the “view full CV” tab above.

  • Daniel is currently acting, with Derrick Dale QC, for the claimant in proceedings in the Chancery Division arising out of the acquisition by the Advinia Health Care Group of a large part of the care homes business formerly owned by the Bupa Group.
  • Daniel is currently acting as sole counsel for the claimant (against a QC and junior team) in a confidential, multi-million dollar arbitration between shareholders in an international foundry business. 
  • In 2017/18 Daniel acted, with Lord Falconer QC, for the claimant in a multi-billion dollar confidential arbitration about alleged breach of a joint venture agreement for the development of extensive oil and gas assets. 
  • In 2017/18 Daniel acted, with Richard Gillis QC, for the claimant in a dispute involving a number of major financial institutions about US$800 million advanced under an Islamic financing agreement.  See Dana Gas PJSC v Dana Gas Sukuk Ltd, and others [2018] EWHC 278 (Comm); [2018] EWHC 277 (Comm).
  • Between 2013 and 2017 Daniel acted, with Constantine Partisides QC, for the claimant in a complex and long-running confidential arbitration against a host government, in a claim for damages for preventing the development of two extensive oil and gas fields. 
  • Between 2010 and 2015 Daniel acted, with Gordon Pollock QC (liability phase) and Claire Blanchard QC (quantum phase), for the claimant in a multi-stage and multi-billion dollar confidential arbitration arising out of a farm-out of an interest in two giant oil and gas fields in the Middle East. 
  • Odyssey Entertainment Ltd (In Liquidation) v Kamp [2012] EWHC 2316 (Ch) 
    Acting, as sole counsel, for the claimant film distribution company in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the claimant’s former Chairman and CEO. 
  • Venture North Sea Gas Ltd v Nuon Exploration & Production UK Ltd [2010] EWHC 204 (Comm)
    Acting, with Andrew Lenon QC, for the claimant in a claim for specific performance of an SPA concerning interests in gas fields and exploration blocks in the North Sea. 
  • Re: Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) [2009] EWHC 3228 (Ch)
    Acting as sole counsel for one of a number of respondents in a significant case about how client assets were, in light of the administration of Lehman Brothers, to be treated and distributed in accordance with FSA client money rules.
  • British Sky Broadcasting Ltd v Thomson Broadband Ltd (Comm)
    Acting, with John McCaughran QC, for the claimant in a multi-million pound claim under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 for damages for the manufacture of defective set-top boxes.