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Partner & Public Law Solicitor
Dan has been with Simpson Millar since 2010, and became a Partner in 2014.
He obtained a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University before converting to law, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004.
Dan’s main area of practice involves using Judicial Review creatively, protecting his clients’ interests by challenging public authorities’ decisions, actions, or lack of action. He has extensive experience in Exclusions, Admissions, and Special Educational Needs (SEN), as well as education related Judicial Reviews. He also has extensive experience representing parents in the independent sector.
Dan also works to get the right Community Care for adults and children, working closely with a range of charities and non-government organisations. Much of his work overlaps with his Education Law work, protecting the interests of disabled children or vulnerable young people in or leaving care.
Chambers and Partners 2017 praises Dan for "his impressive knowledge, technicality and personable nature." He is particularly adept in complex Judicial Review proceedings involving the provision of education to children and young people,” it adds.
He is quoted in Chambers and Partners 2018 as being “well versed in an impressive range of Education, Public Law and Social Care issues. He is equally adept at running Tribunals and Judicial Reviews. "He's very good - diligent and knows an awful lot," according to interviewees.
Dan is recommended by the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 edition in the Education and Civil Liberties and Human Rights sector. For his Education work he is "brilliant at negotiating a sensible solution for the client" and "excellent" for his work in Public Law.
Interests outside of work
Dan is a keen swimmer and also enjoys kayaking and cycling. He is also a school governor at his local infants’ school.
Dan was named Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2018 for his work in children’s rights by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group.