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Daniel has a wide range of experience across private law, public law and human rights work.

Daniel has a wide range of experience across private law, public law and human rights work. His main areas of practice are housing, social welfare and community care, with a particular focus on discrimination, public law and human rights issues. He also undertakes work in civil actions against the police and other public authorities, and in media law.

He is regularly instructed to represent clients in claims for judicial review in the High Court, as well as parties and interveners in a range of other proceedings from the County Court to the Supreme Court.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Daniel worked as a paralegal in a number of leading public law and human rights solicitors’ firms and as a judicial assistant to Sir John Thomas PQBD at the Court of Appeal.

What others say

Chambers and Partners 2022:

  • "He is calm under pressure, readily available to discuss a case, and his advocacy is methodical and clear."
  • Daniel has an encyclopaedic knowledge of housing law. He sees the points that no one else uncovers and is extremely committed and hard-working for clients."

Legal 500 2022:

  • His thoroughness and attention to detail alongside his steely determination to achieve the best possible outcome for the clients have often yielded fantastic results way beyond what might have been expected.”

Chambers and Partners 2021:

  • “Cultivates a growing reputation for his representation of tenants in possession proceedings and homelessness appeals. He is particularly adroit at handling cases with elements of community care, and garners praise for his ability to engage with clients who lack capacity.” 
  • "He is the perfect combination of fiercely intelligent, thoughtful and brave in litigation with a strong legal knowledge over a range of areas."

Legal 500 2021

  • “Dan is very quick at turning instructions around, he provides in-depth and clear advice, works very well together with the instructing solicitor, he is very sensitive to the client’s specific requirements and needs, he will have great ideas about how to push the current legal boundaries to our clients’ advantage.”
Administrative and Public Law

Daniel has a wide range of experience in public law, both within his other practice areas and more generally. Examples include:

  • R (Detention Action) v Lord Chancellor [2022] EWHC 18 (Admin): Challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s monitoring and enforcement in relation to the detained duty advice scheme for immigration detainees in immigration removal centres. Led by Ben Jaffey QC.

  • R (SM) v Lord Chancellor [2021] EWHC 418 (Admin): Challenge to the failure to provide free initial advice to immigration detainees in prisons, as provided to detainees in immigration removal centres. Difference in treatment held to constitute unlawful discrimination contrary to Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Instructed by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) as intervener, led by Laura Dubinsky.

  • R (AKN) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Challenge to the Home Office’s decision to evict destitute failed asylum seekers accommodated during the Covid-19 pandemic, before the end of the Government’s “Roadmap out of Lockdown”. Settled upon the Secretary of State’s agreement not to resume evictions until the end of the Roadmap.

  • R (JD) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] EWHC 1976 (Admin): Challenge to the Loans for Mortgage Interest (“LMI”) scheme on the basis of discrimination against disabled claimants. Following the grant of permission to appeal by the Court of Appeal, the Secretary of State amended the relevant regulations.

  • R (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 452 (Admin) and [2020] EWCA Civ 542: Challenge to the “Right to Rent” scheme, prohibiting landlords from renting properties to people without leave to remain in the UK, on the grounds that the scheme was discriminatory and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Instructed by Liberty as interveners in the in the High Court and Court of Appeal, led by Martin Westgate QC.

  • R (X) v Ealing Youth Court [2020] EWHC 800 (Admin): A claim for judicial review of the Youth Court’s decision to order late release of a young offender convicted of terrorism. The first reported decision relating to the exercise of the power to order late release under section 102 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. Instructed by the claimant, led by Richard Thomas.

  • LB v Tower Hamlets LBC [2020] EWCA Civ 439: Court of Appeal decision confirming that, in considering whether it would have been reasonable for a victim of domestic violence to continue to occupy her former accommodation (in order to determine whether she is to be treated as “intentionally homeless”), a local authority is required to take into account incidents of domestic violence which occurred after she left the accommodation. Instructed by the appellant, led by Jamie Burton.

  • R (DA) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2019] UKSC 21: Challenge to the Benefit Cap, as applied to lone parents, on the grounds that it was discriminatory and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Instructed as junior counsel for Just Fair as interveners in the Supreme Court, led by Jamie Burton.

  • R (Harris) v Islington LBC: Claim for judicial review relating to the application of the new provisions of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

  • T (Titiloye) v Southwark LBC: Claim for judicial review of Southwark’s failure to recognise accommodation provided to destitute migrant families under the Children Act 1989 as being Houses in Multiple Occupation (“HMOs”), subject to the protection of the HMO licensing scheme. Settled with Southwark agreeing to accept that accommodation for destitute migrant families is subject to HMO licensing.

Housing and Social Welfare

Daniel undertakes a wide range of housing work in the county courts and High Court, including advising, drafting and advocacy in homelessness appeals and possession claims. Examples homelessness and judicial review work include:

  • F v Peterborough (2021) May Legal Action 41: Successful appeal under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996 against a finding that the appellant was intentionally homeless as a result of rent arrears arising in consequence of financial abuse.

  • Mohamed v LB Ealing (2020) November Legal Action 42: Successful application for costs following dismissal of appeal under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996, including consideration of the approach to deemed receipt of a section 184 decision under s184(6).

  • LB v Tower Hamlets LBC [2020] EWCA Civ 439: Court of Appeal decision confirming that, in considering whether it would have been reasonable for a victim of domestic violence to continue to occupy her former accommodation (in order to determine whether she is to be treated as “intentionally homeless”), a local authority is required to take into account incidents of domestic violence which occurred after she left the accommodation. Instructed by the appellant, led by Jamie Burton.

  • R (Harris) v Islington LBC: Claim for judicial review relating to the application of the new provisions of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

  • T (Titiloye) v Southwark LBC: Claim for judicial review of Southwark’s failure to recognise accommodation provided to destitute migrant families under the Children Act 1989 as being Houses in Multiple Occupation (“HMOs”), subject to the protection of the HMO licensing scheme. Settled with Southwark agreeing to accept that accommodation for destitute migrant families is subject to HMO licensing.

  • Scarville v Lewisham LBC (2017) October Legal Action 33: Successful appeal under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996 against Lewisham's decision to discharge its duty to the appellant on the basis of his refusal of accommodation in Bedford.

  • R (Edwards & others) v Birmingham City Council [2016] EWHC 173: Instructed for the claimants in four, linked claims for judicial review relating to Birmingham’s treatment of homeless applications under Part 7 Housing Act 1996, led by Zia Nabi.

  • Hosseini v Westminster CC (2015) October Legal Action 42: Successful appeal under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996, on the basis that the local authority had not made sufficient enquiry as to the support that would be available to a vulnerable appellant when homeless.

His possession work includes defending tenants on a range of public and private law grounds, and has involved dealing with new or unusual points of law, as well as dealing with clients suffering from disabilities or who lack capacity to litigate. Examples include:

  • Lees v Kaye [2022] EWHC 1151 (QB): Successful application for re-entry and nullification of a purported sale of the applicant’s home, , under an order for sale, in breach of a Mental Health Crisis Moratorium.

  • Arkin v Marshall [2020] EWCA Civ 620: Court of Appeal case concerning the lawfulness of the stay of possession proceedings for 3 months during the COVID-19 under PD 51Z. Instructed by the Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA) as interveners in the Court of Appeal, led by Martin Westgate QC.

  • Hackney LBC v Henry (2017) June Legal Action 32: Successful defence to a possession claim against a potential successor to a secure tenancy, on the basis that, although the notice to quit was left at the property more than 28 days before it expired, it had not been sent to the Public Trustee until later.

  • Flagship Housing Group v McAllister (2017) April Legal Action 38: Successful defence under Article 8 ECHR to a claim for possession brought under a mandatory ground, on the basis of offences relating to cannabis, with the court holding that a discretionary claim would have been the proportionate course.

  • Jhawer v Vatts (2016) May Legal Action 40: Successful application to set aside a possession order, applying the principle in Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues [2013] EWCA Civ 669 to a case where the deposit had been taken, and retained, by an agent who went out of business before the replacement tenancy was granted; the deposit was nonetheless held to have been “received” by the landlord in relation to the replacement tenancy.

Daniel also represents tenants in claims for injunctions and damages in relation to a range of issues including tenancy deposits, disrepair, harassment and unlawful eviction. Examples include:

  • Insalaco v One Room UK: Claim for damages for unlawful eviction and harassment, resulting in an award of damages of over £36,000.

  • Chaudry v Cooley (2016) November Legal Action 40: Claim for damages for disrepair and breach of tenancy deposit requirements, resulting in deposit compensation in relation to each of a series of 3 tenancies and damages in relation to disrepair equating to 70% of the monthly rent.

  • Tyto v Narang (2016) July/August Legal Action 47: Claim for damages for unlawful eviction and breach of tenancy deposit requirements, resulting in a judgment for over £29,000 in damages.

He has given seminars on various aspects of housing law, including at the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association annual conference.

Community Care and Health

Daniel has experience of a range of community care work, particularly in relation to securing accommodation outside the provisions of the Housing Act 1996.

He has conducted a number of judicial review claims against local authorities under the Children Act 1989, successfully securing urgent interim relief for vulnerable children and their families. Examples include:

  • R (C) v A London Borough: Claim for judicial review of a local authority’s failures to produce a lawful pathway plan and lawfully to consider making a referral to the Pan-London Housing Reciprocal Scheme, in respect of a care leaver who had been the victim of trafficking. Claim allowed by consent.

  • R (JP) v Newham LBC: Claim for judicial review of Newham’s decision that the claimant – who suffered from paranoid personality disorder with delusional beliefs about the local authority – had capacity to refuse an assessment under the Care Act 2014.

  • R (OP) v Lewisham LBC: Claim for judicial review of a local authority’s failure to comply with its duties to a care leaver in prison, including securing accommodation in order to secure his early release on home detention curfew.

  • T (Titiloye) v Southwark LBC: Claim for judicial review of Southwark’s failure to recognise accommodation provided to destitute migrant families under the Children Act 1989 as being Houses in Multiple Occupation (“HMOs”), subject to the protection of the HMO licensing scheme. Settled with Southwark agreeing to accept that accommodation for destitute migrant families is subject to HMO licensing.

  • R (MD) v LB Waltham Forest: Claim for judicial review of the local authority’s failure to provide accommodation to a homeless teenage girl and, once she turned 18, to support her as a care leaver.

  • R (JP) v Hackney LBC & East London NHS Foundation Trust: Claim for judicial review of assessments under the Care Act 2014 and section 117 Mental Health Act 1983 in relation to a young adult with autism and gender identity disorder.

  • R (LW) v Coventry CC: Claim for judicial review of a local authority’s refusal to failure to produce a pathway plan and provide accommodation to a 20-year-old care leaver with a history of non-engagement with social services.

  • R (DB & RD) v Lambeth LBC & Southwark LBC: Claim for judicial review of two authorities’ failure to conduct an assessment under section 17 Children Act 1989 and to provide interim accommodation to a homeless single mother and her young child, each instead blaming the failure of the other.

Daniel has also been instructed in relation to claims against local authority children’s services departments in relation to failures to protect children and delays in bringing care proceedings.

He is a contributor to ‘Disabled Children: A legal handbook’, 3rd edition (2020).

Media law, privacy and related work

In 2019, Daniel was awarded the Times Newspapers Fellowship, spending 2 months working with The Times’ in-house legal team. He gained experience of the full range of work of the team, from advising journalists on a range of issues prior to publication through to dealing with post-publication complaints and litigation.

He continues regularly to advise on a range of pre- and post- publication matters.

Examples of media and related work include:

  • Barclay v Barclay [2020] EWHC 424 (QB): Instructed for the defendants in high-profile proceedings relating to covert recordings at the Ritz Hotel. Led by Heather Rogers QC.

  • R v Pencille: Instructed by The Times in an application to vary a reporting restrictions order in relation to identification of children involved in a high profile murder trial at the Old Bailey.

  • Advice to a national newspaper on a proposed application for access to confidential arbitration documents on a matter of significant public interest.

Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities

Examples of actions against the police and other public authorities include:

  • OS v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: Claim for damages for breach of Article 3 ECHR in relation to failures and delays in investigation of rape. Settled with payment of damages and costs.

  • CS v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police: Claim for damages for malicious prosecution of an anti-hunting protester. Settled with payment of damages and costs.

  • ML v Croydon LBC: Claim for damages for breaches of rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in relation to delays in taking a child into care. Settled with payment of damages and costs.

  • PR v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: Claim for damages for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution and breach of Article 5 ECHR in relation to an arrest and prosecution for breach of a restraining order that had been revoked 6 months previously. Settled with payment of damages and costs.

  • GK v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: Claim for damages for false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution in relation to the arrest and prosecution of a protester. Settled with payment of damages and costs.

  • R (Y) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: Claim for judicial review of the decision to issue a caution. Settled with agreement to withdraw caution and pay costs.