"Danny is a fantastic criminal defence advocate. Juries absolutely love him. He has an assured presence before the judge."

― Legal 500 [2022]
Danny Moore
Call: 1994
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Danny Moore was called to the Bar in 1994 by the Middle Temple. He has an extensive criminal practice with an emphasis on prosecuting and defending multi defendant serious crime.

Danny Moore specialises in the prosecution and defence of serious sexual offences. He has experience of multi complainant and defendant cases, and cases involving abuse by professionals, institutional abuse and historic abuse.  He has particular experience in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses. He has also participated in vulnerable witness training and is currently assisting in devising a training programme for advocates at the Bar and HCAs as to how to deal with the issues arising in these types of cases.

He also has particular experience in cases involving allegations of fraud, money laundering, large scale drugs conspiracies and serious violence cases.

He has been instructed both by the prosecution and defence in cases of murder.

He receives instructions from a wide range of defence solicitors, CPS Kent and the Serious Crime Unit in Kent.

Mr Moore also undertakes advisory work on behalf of The Welsh CPS under the auspices of Operation Pallial. He has written numerous advices in relation to the charging of historic sexual offences against former care home staff.

He is also highly experienced in cases involving importation of drugs. See R v Steven LLoyd-Jones March 2020 (lorry driver acquitted of importing 6 kilos of cocaine found in fire extinguishers in his cab).

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Recommendations

"Danny is a fantastic criminal defence advocate. Juries absolutely love him. He has an assured presence before the judge."

― Legal 500 [2022]

"He has a track record of serious cases."

― Legal 500 2021 (Tier 1)

"A brilliant advocate"

"A real favourite with clients, he is approachable and likeable."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019

"A highly rated junior who specialises in multi-defendant and multi-complainant cases. He has gained considerable expertise in historic and current sexual abuse cases, especially those involving professionals and institutions. He also has experience of cases concerning violent crime, fraud and firearms".

"He's hard-working and very good with professional criminals."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018
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Appointments

Grade 4 CPS Panel Advocate (London and South East) and CPS Rape Specialist

Education

LLB (Hons)

Notable Cases

R v Thady Duff and Others (2020) Instructed in a contested wasted costs proceedings against the CPS following substantial disclosure failings at trial. Following written submissions the final figure was determined by the taxing master and her findings were endorsed by the now retired trial Judge. Despite this the CPS sought to argue that the Judge had exceeded his powers and sought an order from the newly designated Judge to reduce the payment. The Judge disagreed with the Crown and an order in the full sum was made to the applicants.
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Violence

R v Nicholson (2020) Secured the acquittal of Kieron Nicholson following his trial for murder. The defence demonstrated the unreliability of the eye-witnesses and deployed evidence from a pathologist to establish Mr Nicholson’s innocence.

R v Childs (2019) Defence counsel for man who murdered his mother-in-law and attempted to murder his twelve year-old daughter in a pre-planned arson of the family home. The motive was revenge against his estranged wife.

R v David Payne (2016) Representing D charged with conspiracy to important the largest seizure of automatic firearms ever brought into the UK.
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R v Loring (2015) Three handed attempted murder. D only person acquitted of all charges.
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R v Adam Stajer (2015) D acquitted of multi million pound arson in Maidstone town centre.
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R v Blackwell (2015) D acquitted of gross negligence manslaughter following allegation of faulty installation of gas boiler.
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R v Terry and others (2014)  Defence counsel for first defendant in the Sheppey murder trial, which involved the revenge murder of an alleged paedophile.
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R v Miah and others (2014)  Defence counsel for first defendant in case involving the motiveless murder of an elderly lady in Chatham.
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R v Marcia Francis (2014) Prosecution counsel in case of a woman attempting to murder her partner by stabbing him in the neck.
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R v A (2014) Defence Counsel for defendant accused of causing multiple fractures to the skull of his 10-week-old son.

Re Alimi (2010) Maidstone Crown Court. Lead Counsel for the Crown prosecuting 5 defendants charged with attempted murder in a pre-planned knife attack.

Sexual Offences

R v D and others (2016) Instructed as junior counsel for three defendants by BCL solicitors in an allegation of gang rape. Following arguments about disclosure the Crown offered no evidence against all four defendants. Subsequently instructed with Eleanor Laws QC to pursue wasted costs against the CPS. Substantial award in costs made in favour of all three privately paying defendants.
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R v Sardes and others (2016) Lead counsel for the Prosecution of six defendants for multi victim sexual offences.

R v Beeney (2015) D acquitted of allegation of rape of neighbour.

R v Mohammed Alah (2015) D acquitted of allegation of male rape of partners lover.

R v Medland (2015) Successfully prosecuted D for various sexual offences involving grooming and sexually assaulting children.
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R v McCalla (2014) Prosecution counsel in a case involving prosecution of a man accused of being part of a gang rape in the 70’s.

R v Arnold (2013)  Defence counsel for a senior nurse acquitted of sexually assaulting an elderly patient.

R v B (2013)  Defence counsel for police officer accused of rape.

R v Bodnar and others (2013)  Prosecution counsel in multi-defendant allegations of child trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Drugs Offences

Highly experienced in cases involving importation of drugs:

R v Steven Lloyd-Jones March (2020) lorry driver acquitted of importing 6 kilos of cocaine found in fire extinguishers in his cab.

R v Haigh and others (2014)  Prosecution counsel in multi-defendant conspiracy to supply the recently prohibited drug known as MDPV.

R v Selves and ten others (2014)  Defence counsel in conspiracy to supply 300kg of heroin.

Re. Sam King and others (2011) Canterbury Crown Court.  Defence counsel in multi-drug wholesale drugs conspiracies and firearms offences

Other Serious Crime

In January 2021, Danny Moore secured the acquittal of his client in a £12 million money laundering trial. The case involved multiple transfers of substantial amounts of cash out of the jurisdiction in foreign lorries. The case relied upon disputed surveillance and cell site evidence

Defence counsel to Mr Doyle who was accused of participating in an £11 million VAT fraud. The case lasted over 5 months following jury tampering. Mr Doyle was acquitted of all charges

Defence Counsel to Mr Graham, a colour sergeant in the British Army. Mr Graham was accused of stealing explosives, ammunition and other munitions and selling them to the criminal underworld in Glasgow.

Prosecution counsel in a series of trials of a family/gang of offenders who were carrying out a series of robberies, ram raids and substantial commercial thefts in the Kent area. All defendants were convicted and long prison sentences imposed. This case was prosecuted by the Serious Crime Unit in Kent.

Money Laundering/Fraud

Danny’s experience in this area has genuine breadth and depth acting both for the prosecution and defence in multi-handed drug conspiracies and fraud cases.

He is very familiar with ancillary matters such as forfeiture orders, obtaining compensation for consumers and seeking to limit recovery in contested proceeds of crime applications.

He recently negotiated a basis of plea in a large multi-defendant Class A drugs conspiracy case (R v D’Oliveira-Hillis and others). This basis later prevented the Crown from pursuing any confiscation proceedings.

He has an excellent knowledge of recent developments in confiscation legislation and case law especially on the topic of proportionality.

Latest news

26th January 2021

Danny Moore secures acquittal of Kieron Nicholson on trial for murder

Danny Moore has secured the acquittal of Kieron Nicholson following his trial for murder.

26th January 2021

Danny Moore secures acquittal of his client in £12 million money laundering trial

Danny Moore has secured the acquittal of his client in a £12 million money laundering trial. 

30th June 2020

Covid murder trial underway – Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defending

The trial of a 17-year old charged with murder is underway at Maidstone Crown Court.

15th January 2020

County lines drugs murder case concludes

Four county lines drug dealers have been convicted in a case prosecuted by Richard Barraclough QC and Danny Moore.

28th January 2019

Court of Appeal reduces sentences in case where serious physical harm to a newborn was caused or allowed by parents

The Court of Appeal last week allowed the appeal of two defendants represented by Richard Barraclough QC and Tanya Robinson for the one and Danny Moore for the other, against a sentence of 8 years imprisonment.

6th July 2017

Baby death – Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defend

The trial of Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd began on Monday at Maidstone Crown Court before Mr Justice Stuart-Smith.

1st February 2016

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore to deliver CPS South East Sex Abuse Seminar

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore are to give a seminar on the investigation, preparation and presentation of allegations of historical sexual abuse and...

5th October 2014

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore (instructed by Vymans, Gravesend) begin their defence of Lee Webster at Maidstone Crown Court

The trial of Lee Webster began on 30th May at Maidstone Crown Court. Webster is charged with the unlawful killing of a man called...

21st July 2014

Sheppey murder trial enters fourth week at Maidstone Crown Court

In the Sheppey murder case, the trial has entered its fourth week at Maidstone Crown Court. The main defendant is represented by Eleanor Laws QC and Danny Moore. The trial...

21st July 2014

Medway murder trial enters third week

The jury in the 'Body in the Shop' case heard the allegedly staged 999 call made to the police by the accused Mershed Miah...

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