John Dance - DAC Beachcroft
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John Dance

John leads the London contingent of DAC Beachcroft’s criminal motor defence team and is also the national head of the police misconduct defence team.

Having worked in the field of criminal litigation for over 25 years, John is a highly experienced lawyer with a demonstrated history of success in handling particularly complex and sensitive instructions.

On the instruction of a number of the largest insurers in the UK, John advises clients at all stages of the criminal justice process following serious road traffic collisions, from the police investigation through to Magistrates' Court and Crown Court proceedings. John deals with matters ranging from Careless Driving to Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.

Working closely with Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawyers and Insurance Claims Handlers, John ensures a consistent approach to both Criminal and Civil Liability.

John represents drivers and insurers at Coroner's Inquests arising out of fatal road traffic incidents where criminal proceedings have not been brought. He also regularly represents members of the Police Federation of England & Wales when facing career threatening allegations of Gross Misconduct.

Relevant experience includes providing successful representation to:

  • A doctor prosecuted for Causing Death by Careless Driving, having pulled out into the path of a motorcyclist who tragically died as a result of the injuries sustained in the subsequent collision. The client was acquitted by a jury having advanced the defence that she had taken care to look before pulling out, but had been unable to see the approaching motorcyclist as his headlight had not been illuminated and he had been camouflaged by the shade cast over the road by overhanging trees.
  • A lorry driver prosecuted for Causing Death by Careless Driving, having driven a dustcart over a colleague whilst reversing into a cul de sac causing fatal injuries. The client was acquitted by a jury having advanced the defence that he had reversed with due care and attention. He had not expected his colleague to walk into the path of the vehicle. As he reversed, he was looking from one rear view door mirror to the other and the deceased must have passed through the view afforded by one of the mirrors as he was looking at the view afforded by the other.
  • 2 Metropolitan Police officers facing career threatening allegations made by a colleague, that they breached the Police Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Authority, Respect & Courtesy and Equality & Diversity. In concise terms, the officers were accused of bullying a colleague. The allegations were adamantly denied. Following a 5 day hearing, the allegations were found ‘not proven’ and the case dismissed, enabling the officers to continue with their careers.

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