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Dan specialises in public law and human rights. He represents claimants and public authorities as well as non-governmental organizations and is a member of the Treasury A Panel. Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 recommend Dan as a leading junior in Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Education. He is a Visiting Professor in the Law Department at Queen Mary University of London.

Dan’s human rights/public law practice encompasses a wide range of areas including national security, terrorism, prison law, police powers, community care, privacy and general issues relating to fair trial rights as well as commercial/regulatory judicial review. He has been involved in European Court of Human Rights and Supreme Court cases on airport stops under the Terrorism Act, religious freedoms in the workplace, race discrimination in school admissions, prison law and the retention of DNA by the police. He has also been involved in leading cases on the treatment of detainees in Iraq.

Dan Squires is one of the leading barristers dealing with financial sanctions and asset freezing regimes and has appeared in many of the domestic cases in this area. He appeared in the Supreme Court in Ahmed v HM Treasury and Youssef v HM Treasury, in the Court of Appeal in Maftah and Kahled v the Foreign Office and Youssef v the Foreign Office as well as a number of cases in the High Court. He has also advised businesses and banks dealing with sanctions regimes as well as those involved in litigation in the EU courts.

Dan’s education practice includes cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court and special educational needs tribunal and he has represented both parents and LEAs in claims involving schools admissions, expulsions and special educational needs. He has also worked on contractual education matters that arise in discipline and expulsion from independent schools and universities.

Dan is the co-author, with Cherie Booth QC of ‘The Negligence Liability of Public Authorities’ (OUP, 2006). He has also had articles published in the OJLS, LQR and EHRLR.

Dan studied law at Christ’s College Cambridge and has an LLM from Harvard Law School and an MSc in Anthropology from the LSE. He has taught courses on Constitutional Law and Law and Terrorism at Queen Mary University, King’s College London, London School of Economics, the University of Puerto Rico and Northeastern University, Boston. He has held fellowships at the Carr Centre of Human Rights at Harvard University (2003-2004) and the Cegla Centre at Tel Aviv University (2005) and was adjunct professor and visiting scholar at Northeastern University, Boston (2011). He was selected as Lawyer of the Week by The Times in October 2009.

Dan accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.


Dan is ranked as a ‘star individual’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights by Chambers & Partners for 2015 and was nominated in the Chambers Bar Awards for Human Rights and Public Law Junior of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Chambers & Partners 2015 describes Dan as “…a class apart from most other juniors”; “He has a brilliant mind, is very committed and is easy to work with”.