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Daniel McNally

Director | Leeds

"Thank you so much for your amazing hard work these last 12 months or so. I know you've worked tirelessly and I can't express my appreciation to you enough. You've been brilliant."

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About Daniel

Daniel McNally advises corporate clients who are the subject of criminal and regulatory investigations across the Country. This includes, but is not limited to, investigations that are carried out by the Police, Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Care Quality Commission (CQC), Traffic Commissioner (OTC), Fire & Rescue Service (FRS), His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Pensions Regulator (TPR), Trading Standards, and Local Authorities.

He has over 20 years experience in criminal and regulatory law and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2012. Following a number of successful appearances before his local Courts, Daniel was awarded Leeds’ Young Advocate of the Year in 2013. He then joined a leading national firm, where he secured a senior appointment within 18 months, before joining Freeths in 2016.

Daniel predominantly represents companies who are facing allegations of corporate manslaughter and breaches of health and safety, fire safety, and food safety legislation. This includes advising in the immediate aftermath of a serious incident, leading on internal investigations, advising on appeals against enforcement notices, representing companies at interviews under caution and, where appropriate, providing representation at both the Magistrates and Crown Court. In the event of a fatality, he also represents organisations who appear as “interested persons” at Coroner’s Inquests.

Similarly, and in circumstances which are becoming increasingly common, Daniel’s experience also extends to representing companies and their employees at Public Inquiries. This includes the Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017.

In addition to this, Daniel regularly advises on product safety where there are potential compliance issues which may necessitate a recall. He also has notable experience when dealing with allegations of bribery, fraud, money laundering, and proceedings that are brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This includes advising on issues such as ‘self-reporting’, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, and drafting appropriate policies so that organisations are suitably placed to avoid any potential criminal liability.

His practice covers all sectors including agriculture, construction, food, logistics & warehousing, public sector, retail, transport, and waste. In particular, his expertise extends to representing providers in both the care and education profession. This includes advising providers who are the subject of regulatory action, such as a proposal to prevent them from operating altogether, and providing representation in appeals before the First Tier Tribunal.

Aside from this, Daniel regularly speaks at external events and provides training to organisations so that, should the worst happen, they are better equipped to handle any criminal and regulatory investigation.

He also leads the firms private client offering in this area.


  • Law Society
  • Certified member of the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme
  • Member of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association

Notable work & expertise


  • "Thank you for all your assistance with my investigation and the subsequent Court appearance. Thankfully it is all over now and I can’t thank you e...

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  • “Many thanks for your help throughout this process and indeed for helping me achieve yesterdays outcome. I will have no hesitation in recommending...

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  • "I would like to thank your company for providing an excellent representative. Dan was fully committed from our first telephone conversation and, h...

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  • "Thank you so much for your amazing hard work these last 12 months or so. I know you’ve worked tirelessly and I can’t express my appreciation to yo...

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  • “Thank you Dan. The experience of working with Freeths continues to be outstanding. You all seem to know how to play the situation and the law. Ver...

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  • “On behalf of us all, thank you so much for the representation last Friday. The result was beyond our wildest dreams and an enormous weight has bee...

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  • “I would like to thank you for the care and attention you have shown to us during this case. It can be complicated and overwhelming to find yoursel...

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  • “Thank you for the outcome. We recognise that this would not have been possible without your attention to detail in the weeks leading up to my appe...

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  • “Hi Dan, I just wanted to thank you for achieving this result for me. It is beyond what I had hoped for and I am just pleased that this weight has...

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  • “Thank you for passing Daniel's details onto me, he was incredibly helpful, informative, compassionate in his delivery, outstanding in his willingn...

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