- Called: 2014
Daniel joined Five Paper in October 2017 after successfully completing his pupillage at chambers.
Specialising in the practice areas of Property and Employment Law, Daniel frequently appears in court and in tribunals, and his experience in court has led to the development of a diverse advisory practice.
In addition to acting in his own cases, Daniel has worked in broader litigation teams, having been seconded to the legal departments of a Local Authority, a Housing Association and to the London Fire Brigade during the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Landlord & Tenant
Daniel is an experienced housing practitioner, representing both landlords and tenants in legal disputes from first hearings through to trials.
Having been seconded to the in-house housing litigation teams of a large London Borough and one of the largest Housing Associations in the country, Daniel regularly acts for landlords with extensive property portfolios. Daniel’s in-house experience has provided him with an insight into the pressures that social landlords face and enables him to represent his clients with a comprehensive knowledge of housing disputes, from initial breaches of tenancy to the enforcement of possession orders.
Daniel is particularly experienced in contested possession claims as well as proceedings relating to the Equality Act, Article 8 and public law matters.
Daniel’s experience also includes:
- Unlawful eviction
- Disrepair and section 82 prosecutions
- Section 21 claims
- Deposit disputes
- Squatter cases, interim possession orders & removal orders
- Anti-social behaviour injunctions & closure orders
- Access injunctions
- Committal proceedings
- Orders for sale
Daniel’s experience also includes the following:
- Service charge disputes
- Unauthorised extensions
- Cladding issues
- Shared ownership disputes
Daniel regularly acts for both employers and employees in a wide range of disputes.
Before starting pupillage, Daniel built up his advocacy experience by representing claimants in employment tribunal hearings whilst volunteering for the Free Representation Unit. Daniel also gained a detailed understanding of disciplinary procedure and investigations by representing the families of excluded children at Independent Appeal Panels through the BPP School Exclusions Project.
Daniel’s practice encompasses a wide range of employment disputes including:
- Unfair dismissal
- Wrongful dismissal
- Breach of section 1 ERA
- Bonus claims
- Disability, racial, sexual, religious discrimination
- Failure to make reasonable adjustments
- Sexual harassment
- RBKC v Spinola; Daniel successfully represented a tenant who had been evacuated from her property, which was in the vicinity of Grenfell Tower, following the fire of June 2017. After the tenant’s return to the property, the council sought possession on the basis of ‘failed succession’. Daniel successfully argued that the tenant had resided with the deceased during the 12 months prior to his death despite the tenant having been provided alternative accommodation as a homeless person during the relevant period and despite the tenant admitting to having moved into the accommodation for a period of six weeks. Daniel also successfully argued in the alternative that, even if the tenant had not succeeded in accordance with the statute, the council’s decision to continue the proceedings after the Grenfell Tower fire was irrational, in light of the council’s Grenfell related policies.
The case was reported by several local media outlets.
- Joy Smith v Mohammed Riaz Khan  EWCA Civ 1137; As a pupil, Daniel assisted Nick Grundy QC and Brynmor Adams by drafting a skeleton argument on behalf of the Respondent in the above unlawful eviction case, which, following a second appeal, was heard in the Court of Appeal. Smith v Khan is now an authority on the quantum of damages in unlawful eviction cases.
BPTC Very Competent (91% in narrative advocacy – 3rd in Year)
GDL Distinction (78% in Land Law)
History BA Hons at the University of York First Class
Hardwicke Award Lincoln’s Inn
Levitt Scholarship Lincoln’s Inn