Dan Tench is a litigator with particular expertise in judicial review, competition law, media law (including data protection, privacy and defamation) and sports law, undertaking many leading cases in all these areas (see under the “Experience” tab).
Dan has advised bringing and defending major judicial reviews and other administrative law challenges and on competition litigation cases. Many of his public law matters have involved issues of significant political controversy and he has exceptional experience in aligning an approach to litigation with broader political and media concerns. He has prepared senior individuals for appearances before (and attended with them at) Parliamentary Select Committees.
Dan has also substantial experience in advising claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy and other media litigation matters including general reputation management matters, securing injunctions and judgments in leading edge internet cases as well as bringing and defending claims for and against all types of traditional media. He has been involved in responding to many significant data security breach situations with a targeted strategy to minimise the damage, potential liability and disruption caused to the client. He acted for the claimants in the leading data protection case of Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google.
Dan has led large teams on major cases including for the Post Office in relation to the Network Change Programme and News International in respect of the phone hacking litigation, ensuring the appropriate co-ordination among the team and a very high level of client service. He has in particular pioneered accurate costs estimating and reporting in litigation, an approach which received particular attention from Lord Justice Jackson in his report on Civil Litigation Costs.
Dan has regularly written for and appeared on the national media including The Guardian, The Times, BBC and Channel 4 News. Dan co-founded both the the Supreme Court Blog launched as a joint venture between Matrix Chambers and Olswang and Olswang;s own Injunctions Blog.
Dan is recognised as a leading practitioner in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as follows.
Chambers & Partners
- Defamation/Reputation Management (Band 1)
- Administrative & Public Law
- Data Protection & Information Law
- Defamation and privacy (Tier 1)
- Administrative and public law
- EU and competition
- IT and telecoms (Tier 1)
Aside from his legal practice, Dan tutors a local student in further maths as part of one of the firm’s outreach projects. He was in The Lawyer's Hot 100 for 2012 and was The Times’ “Lawyer of the Week” in spring 2015.
2003 to date Partner, Olswang
2000 to 2003 Associate, Olswang
1994 - 2000 Associate, Lovells
1992 - 1994 Trainee, Lovells
1989 to 1991 – Common Professional Examination, Law Society Finals (distinction); College of Law, London
1985 to 1988 – Natural Sciences, Social and Political Studies; Cambridge University, Gonville & Caius College
Public law, judicial review, administrative law, public procurement
Libel, privacy, breach of confidence and reputation management
Competition law and follow-on damages claims
Data protection and freedom on information
General commercial litigation, injunctions and legal privilege
The internet, interception and intermediary liability
Crisis management and investigations
Know-your-client and anti-money laundering obligations