Danny specialises at the interface between crime, human rights and public law, with additional focus on public international law. He advises private individuals, NGOs and companies, as well as UK and foreign state organisations seeking to comply with international human rights and humanitarian law obligations.
Danny’s principal areas of litigation practice are in public and private law actions against the state, as well as criminal defence involving allegations that require an appreciation of social and political context. He has a particular expertise in national security cases and has been involved in many of the landmark judgments concerning counter-terrorism policy and legislation.
He is a leading expert in the country on inquests and public inquiries, especially where the subject engages the right to life or matters of human dignity.
His investigatory and advice work in relation to the public sector includes the operation of the rule of law in a number of foreign states, including the Middle East and Eastern Europe. .
He has been involved in major inquiries in England and Northern Ireland concerning governance and accountability of the emergency, intelligence and armed services. He currently acts for more than 300 bereaved and surviving residents in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
He is a member of the Matrix Integrity team, with experience in assisting companies and state agencies to develop cultures of rule of law and human rights compliance. His work with corporate clients has particularly come to focus on the internet and the boundaries between free speech, safeguarding against risk, and the evolving jurisdiction of criminal and civil law.
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 is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Danny needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Danny’s privacy notice in full, please see here.
Danny is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.
Chambers and Partners rank Danny in four areas: Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Inquests & Public Inquiries and Crime.
“He has an excellent manner with clients and is very, very knowledgeable.” “He is a really impressive, meticulous and well-prepared advocate. He is very well read in human rights jurisprudence, both nationally and internationally.” “He applies himself completely, does all the preparation and gives the best possible advice. He is formidable at every turn.” (C&P 2019).
“Danny is an extremely impressive advocate whom judges enjoy listening to.” “He has a forensic awareness like nobody else and can take on the biggest cases. Nothing is too complex for him.” (C&P 2018)
Danny is also recommended by Legal 500 who described him as:
“Fiercely intelligent and committed to the client’s interests.” “He is a five star barrister with enormous expertise in inquiries and inquests.” (L500 2018)