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Doughty Street Chambers

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Daniel has a wide range of experience across private law, public law and human rights work.


Daniel has a wide range of experience across private law, public law and human rights work. His main areas of practice are housing, social welfare and community care, with a particular focus on discrimination, public law and human rights issues. He also undertakes work in civil actions against the police and other public authorities, and in media law.

He is regularly instructed to represent clients in claims for judicial review in the High Court, as well as parties – and third-party interveners – in a range of other proceedings from the County Court to the Supreme Court.


Housing Law Practitioners Association
Housing and Immigration Group
Police Action Lawyers Group


BA Archaeology (University of Cambridge), First Class
MPhil Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge), Distinction
Graduate Diploma in Law (BPP), Outstanding
Bar Professional Training Course (BPP), Outstanding

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

Among the ‘very top sets for administrative and public law‘, Doughty Street Chambers is ‘often involved in leading cases and has great knowledge across the entire set‘, which specialises in representing individuals and companies in public law proceedings against the State. Martin Westgate KC represented a claimant in R (Ncube) v Brighton and Hove City Council, a judicial review challenge concerning the issue of local authorities’ powers to provide shelter for those without recourse to public funds during the Covid-19 pandemic. Westgate QC is also acting alongside Daniel Clarke and Jamie Burton KC for Liberty, in R (JCWI) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, in a challenge to the “right to rent” scheme, under which landlords must check the immigration status of prospective tenants, with Liberty’s submissions focused on the scope of Article 8 and when the state can be liable for a human rights violation by a third party who is not an agent of the state.

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Daniel ClarkeDoughty Street ChambersHis thoroughness and attention to detail alongside his steely determination to achieve the best possible outcome for the clients have often yielded fantastic results way beyond what might have been expected.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘a power set‘ with ‘a plethora of excellent barristers in this area‘. The team of ‘strong COP practitioners‘ is well versed in advising on deprivation of liberty matters, contentious property and affairs cases, and issues surrounding capacity, to name a few areas of expertise. Aswini Weereratne KC is ‘a strong advocate who is able to untangle complicated and knotty issues‘; she ‘is one of my first choices for complex Court of Protection cases with a mental health aspect, given her excellent knowledge of both areas and her ability to approach such cases with great care and skill‘, said one client. This year sees Jamie Burton KC elevated to silk, while Tom Stoate, Zia Nabi, Antonia Benfield, Daniel Clarke and rising star Mary-Rachel McCabe are new entrants at the junior end.