Daniel is a Principal Associate based in our London office and specialises in defending actions against the police. He is listed in the Chambers and Partners UK 2020 guide as an "Associate to watch". Interviewees reported to Chambers and Partners UK that he works "incredibly hard" and is a "trusted player".

Daniel represents a number of police forces. Namely, the Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police, Surrey Police and Sussex Police. He is currently instructed in a number of high profile claims and inquests which have received extensive media coverage.

He has been involved in the two leading cases addressing the applicability of qualified one way costs shifting (QOCS) to actions against the police. He successfully advised the Metropolitan Police Service in Jeffreys v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 1505 (QB) and Brown v (1) The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2) Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner (Intervener) [2019] EWCA Civ 1724; [2019] 10 WLUK 265.

According to data provided by the Police Action Lawyers Group to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a high proportion of cases handled by lawyers within that group have been affected by the decision in Jeffreys. They reported that claimants have been deterred from advancing mixed claims without the costs protection that was previously afforded through the availability of ATE insurance. The potential enforcement of adverse costs orders by defendant police forces has had a "chilling effect" on claims in this area.

Notable cases include:

  • Countess of Caledon v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2016] EWHC 2214 (QB);
  • Chergui and Stewart v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 1307 (QB);
  • Jeffreys v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 1505 (QB);
  • Dr Pal v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] EWHC 2988 (QB);
  • Brown v (1) The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2) Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner (Intervener) [2019] EWCA Civ 1724.

Notable inquests include:

  • Inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton at Deepcut barracks (2018)
  • Inquest into the death of Private Geoff Gray at Deepcut barracks (2019)
  • Inquest into the terrorist attack at London Bridge and Borough Market (2019)
  • Inquest into the five deaths arising from the Guildford pub bombings in 1974 (2019-ongoing)
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