Danny specialises at the interface between crime, human rights and public law, with additional focus on public international law. He advises private individuals, NGOs, companies, as well as UK and foreign state organisations seeking to comply with international human rights and humanitarian law obligations.
In the UK, Danny’s principal areas of practice are in public and private law actions against the state, as well a criminal defence involving allegations of a political nature. He is the leading expert in the country on procedural duties of the state to investigate unlawful killings and torture. He has been involved in many of the major national security cases that have been contested before the higher courts dealing with issues relating to administrative detention, closed material procedures, admissibility of evidence from foreign state agents which is obtained by torture, control orders/TPIMS and deportation based on diplomatic assurances.
Danny works internationally on projects developing compliance with human rights and the rule of law, including most recently in Ukraine, Ireland, Jordan and Israel/ Palestine. This work includes advice on transitional justice and investigation mechanisms.
Danny has co-authored publications on inquest law, human rights law and crime, including the human rights chapter in Archbold and INQUESTS – A Practitioners Guide (LAG 2014). Danny is a A-Panel member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Preferred Counsel and an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.
Danny accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
Chambers and Partners 2016 rank Danny in four areas: Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Crime and Inquests & Public Inquiries. Danny is described as “an admirable advocate with an in-depth knowledge of inquests law,” and is known to have a “freakishly encyclopaedic knowledge for the areas of law in which he practises.” “He has the courage and ability to run arguments without precedent and his legal knowledge is second to none.”
In addition Chambers and Partners 2015 ranked Danny in the same four categories describing him as “absolutely superb. He has a dynamism and energy which is infectious for the whole legal team, and a complete command of detail.” They have also described him as “phenomenally intelligent and incredibly committed with it.”
Chambers and Partners 2014 ranked Danny as a New Silk in the same four categories where he is described as”…gutsy, conscientious, confident and impressive. He will flow in silk, and will be a thorn in the side of the government for many years to come.” He is also described as “a passionate advocate” and “quite extraordinary”.