Dan has a wide-ranging public law and human rights practice. He became a QC in 2016. Dan represents individuals, corporations, and public authorities as well as non-governmental organizations. He is on the A panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and before taking silk was a member of the Treasury A Panel. Dan was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018. Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 recommend Dan as a leading barrister in Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Education. He is a Visiting Professor in the Law Department at Queen Mary University of London. He was ranked as a ‘star individual’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights by Chambers & Partners in 2016 and was nominated in the Chambers Bar Awards for Human Rights and Public Law Junior of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Chambers & Partners 2015-6 describes Dan as “A great strategic thinker”, “An incredibly effective advocate” “a brilliant mind” “Very bright, focused. He produces high-quality submissions and is succinct, approachable and easy to work with” “highly intelligent, insightful and conscientious. He’s wonderful on the detail, great at keeping to deadlines and just a thoroughly pleasant individual to work with.”
Dan’s practice encompasses national security, prison law, police powers, social welfare law education, discrimination, privacy, EU law and commercial/regulatory judicial review. He has been involved in over a dozen European Court of Human Rights and Supreme Court cases including on financial sanctions, prison segregation, interception of communications, airport stops under the Terrorism Act, religious freedoms in the workplace, race discrimination in school admissions, and the retention of DNA and maintenance of databases by the police. He has also been involved in leading cases on the application of international law in the domestic courts.
Dan is one of the leading barristers dealing with asset freezing and export control regimes and has appeared in many of the key domestic cases in this area. He appeared in the Supreme Court in Ahmed v HM Treasury and Youssef v Foreign Office, in the Court of Appeal in Maftah and Kahled v the Foreign Office and Begg v HM Treasury as well as a number of cases in the High Court. He also frequently advises businesses and banks dealing with sanctions regimes as well as those involved in litigation in the EU courts.
Dan is the co-author, with Cherie Booth QC of ‘The Negligence Liability of Public Authorities’ (OUP, 2006). He has 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, the London School of Economics, the University of Puerto Rico. 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 chosen as Lawyer of the Week by The Times in October 2009 and July 2017.
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Dan is recommended in Administrative & Public Law, Education and Civil Liberties & Human Rights in Chambers & Partners 2017 and Legal 500 2016 where is described as “Highly intelligent and an exceptional advocate” and “A great strategic thinker”. He was also 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”.