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Daniel Holt Profile USE June 23

Daniel Holt

Year of call: 2021

Daniel is a current pupil at 39 Essex Chambers and accepts instructions across all of Chambers' practice areas.

Daniel commenced pupillage with 39 Essex Chambers in September 2022. Daniel is building a broad practice in all of our areas of expertise and accepts instructions accordingly.

Daniel was educated in special needs schools, which ignited his passion for equality. He is the Founding Chair of the Association of Disabled Lawyers, Chair of Middle Temple’s Disability Forum and sits on the Bar Standards Board’s Disability Taskforce. Daniel has engaged with the BSB, Legal Services Board, Solicitors Regulatory Authority, and many other organisations to help improve the experiences of lawyers and students with health conditions. He has undertaken pro bono cases with Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, Hackney Community Law Centre, and the Free Representation Unit.

Before being called to the Bar, Daniel worked with other organisations, such as Disability Rights UK, Regard, Stonewall, Access to Justice Foundation, British Institute of Human Rights and the Human Rights Lawyers Association. 

Daniel was ‘highly commended’ at the European Diversity Awards 2018 and recipient of Middle Temple’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award, Blackstone Exhibition Award and Certificate of Honour. 

Areas of expertise

Administrative and Public

Daniel has gained experience in a variety of administrative public law matters, including:

  • Researching a variety of substantive and procedural matters involving the law of the European Union, European Convention on Human Rights, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
  • Assisting Steve Broach with research on the jurisdiction of a claim of victimisation about a disabled pupil against the responsible body of a school.
  • Providing detailed grounds of defence under the guidance of Colin Thomann in an indefinite leave to remain case.
  • Researching legal provisions relating to the provision of British Sign Language and assessing the merits of a claim seeking free classes for parents of D(d)eaf children under the supervision of Steve Broach.
  • Developing written advice as to the merits of a judicial review challenge to a school's admissibility criteria.
  • Drafting a notice of objection to an application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in an entry clearance case involving Article 8 issues.
  • Drafting detailed grounds of appeal in healthcare regulatory cases for the Professional Standards Authority under the supervision of David Hopkins.

Daniel advises and supervises students in Special Educational Needs and employment law matters for Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre

Before starting pupillage, Daniel provided pro bono advice and advocacy relating to the following for Hackney Community Law Centre, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and Free Representation Unit:

  • Personal Independence Payments appeals concerning invisible disabilities
  • Personal Independence Payments appeals focussed on visible disabilities
  • Disability Living Allowance appeals involving children
  • Property issues
  • Immigration matters
  • Discrimination

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

Daniel has had experience during his pupillage in clinical negligence and personal injury, including drafting statements of case, counter-schedules, advices, and legal research on various matters. Specifically, Daniel has worked on the following:

  • Advising and drafting pleadings in clinical negligence claims and road traffic accident cases.
  • Advising and drafting pleadings in road traffic accident cases.
  • Settlement in clinical negligence and personal injury matters.
  • Advising on liability, pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA) and quantum in personal injury and clinical negligence matters.
  • Drafting schedules and counter-schedules for cases involving fatal accidents and medical care. 
  • Research and drafting pleadings in clinical negligence cases involving delayed diagnosis, breach of clinical duty, and complex causation matters.
    Appearing in the county court in personal injury, and road traffic accident claims.

Commercial and Construction

Daniel has experience in the following commercial and construction matters:

  • Drafting pleadings in contract, property, and construction disputes.
  • Assisting David Sawtell in researching and drafting an advice on the definition of 'same damage' under Section 1(1) of the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978.
  • Skeleton argument in a property disrepair dispute involving breaches of covenants and nuisance.
  • Skeleton arguments for an application for summary judgement to enforce an adjudicator’s decision under the guidance of David Hopkins.
  • Drafted a defence in relation to the enforcement of personal guarantees.
  • Drafted a defence and an advice concerning Part 20 claims in a property and contract dispute.

Planning, Environment and Property

Daniel is building his planning, environment, and property practice. Daniel has experience in the following planning and environment matters:

  • Drafting an advice in relation to material considerations in refusing planning permission in the context of the risk of flooding.
  • Conducting research for Daniel Steadman Jones on appealing a Crown Court's decision to refuse an application for pre-action disclosure from the Prosecution.
  • Advising on relying on emerging plans in refusing planning applications.