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Unity Street Chambers - Bristol: A leading set of Barristers serving the South West and beyond

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5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
dafydd.paxton@unitystreetchambers.com

Year of Call and Inn

2010 Gray’s Inn

Professional Details

Dafydd joined chambers in 2013 having commenced his practice in South Wales. Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Dafydd was a canoe slalom athlete, competing internationally for Wales and Great Britain

A fluent Welsh-speaker, Dafydd is available for instruction in cases conducted in the Welsh language.

As a barrister who is qualified and registered on the Public Access scheme, Dafydd often accepts instructions directly from members of the public.

Immigration, Asylum and Judicial Review

Dafydd regularly represents appellants before the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals and beyond. He also undertakes applications for Judicial Review. Dafydd is often instructed in cases involving entry clearance; applications to extend or vary Leave to Remain; matters involving EEA law; unlawful detention; and appeals against removal or deportation.

Possessing a calm and reassuring manner, Dafydd is adept at dealing with clients who have undergone traumatic experiences in their country of origin. He has a broad experience of cases involving torture and sexual violence and has the ability to put clients at ease, explaining proceedings in simple yet comprehensive terms.

Dafydd also volunteers at Asylum Justice in Cardiff, providing advice and representation to vulnerable clients who do not have the assistance of Legal Aid.

Family

Dafydd undertakes work in both Private and Public Children Act proceedings, financial relief, non-molestation orders, and ToLATA applications. Dafydd has been complemented for his ability to combine assiduous case preparation with robust yet measured advocacy.

Criminal Law and the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)

Dafydd regularly prosecutes and defends in a broad range of criminal cases. He has experience of cases involving serious violence, serious sexual crime and fraud.

His knowledge of immigration law is invaluable when dealing with matters such as identity card offences and those connected with human trafficking.

Civil Litigation including Personal Injury

Dafydd has extensive experience of appearing in cases of varying complexity, in both the County Court and High Court. In addition to dealing with contractual disputes and all types of personal injury litigation, Dafydd has experience of a variety of injunctive proceedings, including applications for Freezing Injunctions.

His housing law practice includes instruction by both landlords and tenants in a wide variety of cases, including those involving Anti-Social Behaviour.

Notable Cases

MG (Eritrea) v SSHD (2016) Dafydd successfully appealed the Determination of a First-tier Tribunal Judge in a case involving disputed ethnicity. The client went on to be awarded Refugee Status in the remitted appeal.

R v MI (2017) Dafydd defended in a multi-handed trial arising out of Operation Grail, a large Police investigation into a high-value conspiracy to steal vehicles and farm machinery in the South West.

Re: S (A Child) (2017) Dafydd represented a vulnerable Mother with learning difficulties in a 5-day Final Hearing, arguing successfully against an Adoption Order.

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Justice
Asylum Justice

Recent seminars and publications

“Weighting the Scales of Justice: Proportionality, Article 8 ECHR and s.117 of the NIAA 2002” – Seminar

“Motor Insurers’ Bureau Claims, Article 75 Agents and Declarations of Avoidance” – Seminar

“Section 57 Applications: Are the New Provisions too Draconian?” 20th June 2015, PI Brief Update Law Journal.

Interests/Hobbies

Canoeing, rugby, cinema, travel.