Daniel Foster

  • Year of Call 2015
  • Year of Higher Rights 2011

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Dan Foster is an experienced trial advocate with a good success rate who has received judicial praise for his advocacy, tenacity and ability with a jury. He has a mixed criminal and family practice, and often deals with cases where the two areas of law intersect. He also has a growing regulatory practice (particularly sports) and he also deals with motoring offences.

He is a former duty solicitor, crown court litigator and solicitor advocate who obtained his higher rights of audience in 2011 and has appeared regularly in the crown court ever since.

Dan was born and raised in Sheffield and continues to live here with his family. He has great pride in his home town and strong links to Ingle community boxing project in Wincobank, where he advises and mentors a number of young people.



Dan Foster is a very experienced criminal defence advocate who has been defending clients in criminal proceedings since starting as a paralegal and police station representative at a local law firm in 2004.

He has extensive experience representing defendants for serious offences including murder, rape, child sex abuse and. As a result, he is often sought by instructing solicitors for family law cases which overlap with criminal law.

He is often briefed in cases featuring serious finding-of-fact hearings involving non-accidental injuries to children, rape, and sexual abuse. He has a high success rate in such cases where his background in contested advocacy is considered a benefit.

In addition to Crown Court advocacy, Dan has been instructed pre-charge to defend individuals subject to investigations led by the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency. Dan has also achieved some excellent results at the Court of Appeal, including a notable case where he successfully obtained a reduction in sentence for a man who had seriously assaulted a baby.

Dan has represented many individuals suspected of the most serious offences, including:



Child sex abuse

Chronic child neglect and/or violence to children

High-value complex fraud

Large-scale drugs conspiracies.



Dan Foster is an experienced and trusted family advocate with a very busy practice focused on proceedings involving children. As a father himself, Dan feels particularly connected to parents who find themselves entangled in family court proceedings. He brings a thoughtful and sensitive touch to his dealings with clients who have found themselves in such emotionally charged situations.

His caseload is balanced evenly between private and public law proceedings. In public law, he is regularly instructed by both local authorities and respondents, and is considered an effective and reliable choice of counsel by his large pool of regular instructing solicitors.



Dan Foster has a growing regulatory practice with a current focus on representing athletes. He is also instructed in licensing and regulatory matters (extensively in relation to taxi licenses) and is very keen to develop and widen his regulatory practice, welcoming instructions across the spectrum of regulatory law matters.

As for sport, he is sole legal advisor to the world-famous Ingle boxing gym in Sheffield, and has represented and assisted many professional boxers for criminal and regulatory matters of all kinds.

His many boxing clients have included world champions and challengers such as Kell Brook, Billy Joe Saunders and Kid Galahad (Abdul Bari Awad). Mr Saunders and Mr Awad instruct Dan on an ongoing basis in relation to a various matters. In a very high-profile case, Dan represented Mr Saunders before the British Boxing Board of Control and obtained a good result in enabling his client to avoid suspension from boxing for an infamous incident.

Dan also represented Mr Awad in his successful appeal to United Kingdom Anti Doping (UKAD) for a reduction in his suspension from boxing due to doping offences. With Dan’s assistance, Mr Awad is thought to be the only athlete ever to have achieved such a result whilst maintaining his innocence of any doping offence. This was reported by Sky Sports.

Dan’s extensive experience and expertise in criminal law has also allowed him to obtain excellent results for professional sportspersons under investigation from regulatory bodies. Dan successfully represented a professional footballer in a major National Crime Agency investigation into match fixing. Dan’s client Stephen Dawson, who was captain of Barnsley Football Club at the time, was released from the investigation with no further action taken against him. This was reported in The Guardian.

Dan also successfully represented a former professional footballer in a Serious Fraud Office investigation. Again, the SFO took no further action.