Iain Daniels


Call date: 1992
Email: idaniels@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Iain Daniels

Call date: 1992
Email: idaniels@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600


He’s a well respected advocate and a great tactician. He has a methodical approach to litigation.

Chambers and Partners 2018

He is very pleasant, hospitable and accommodating.” “His advocacy skills are excellent” and “his attention to detail and willingness to work in a team are plain for all to see.

Chambers and Partners 2017

He’s very measured and very reasonable.’ ‘Put simply, he’s brilliant. He’s one of the best and most instructed barristers that we use.

Chambers and Partners UK 2016

Practice areas

Business Public & regulatory

Iain Daniels is a founder member of Ely Place Chambers and a specialist advocate representing companies, public bodies and individuals in civil and criminal cases with an emphasis on health and safety, healthcare, regulatory crime and corporate liability.


Having a background in criminal practice Iain undertakes work relating to business disputes particularly with elements of fraud or other arguable dishonesty.

NH International (Caribbean) Ltd v National Insurance Property Development Co Ltd (Trinidad and Tobago) [2015] UKPC 37

Global Marine Drillships Ltd v La Bella [2014] EWHC 2242 (CH);

Public & regulatory

Health and Safety:

Iain appears in cases involving all aspects of health and safety and fire safety legislation including Crown Court trials, inquests and civil claims. His recent cases include defending in ‘fatality’ trials on behalf of a number of multinational companies as well as a variety of instructions relating to construction site deaths, injuries and deaths involving large plant and machinery in factories, warehouses and farms, asbestos and other hazardous substance cases and a number of allegedly’ systemic’ cases within the healthcare sphere.

He advises corporations and public bodies in the context of on-going litigation and also as to the development of health and safety policy and how best to approach enforcement agencies with a view to avoiding prosecution.


Iain represents PCTs, NHS Hospital Trusts, private healthcare providers, nursing homes and doctors and nurses in a variety of work ranging from judicial review and Court of Protection matters to inquests and medical negligence. In respect of non-contentious work he advises on risk management policy and protocols.

Additionally he has experience in disciplinary matters and regulatory work.


Iain has a particular interest in coronial law and has appeared extensively in inquests throughout the country on behalf of Police Forces, healthcare providers and other public bodies as well as individual and corporate clients including appearances on appeal both in the Administrative Court and in the Court of Appeal.

Police and Prisons:

Iain is instructed on behalf of a number of police forces and private prison providers as well as the Probation Service in a wide variety of cases which involve false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance and alleged breaches of the ECHR. He has appeared in a number of high profile cases in the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court.

Perhaps unusually he also represents claimants in police law cases giving him a balanced understanding of the area.

Additionally he has extensive experience of defending in cases of personal injuries arising out of policing and prison work including injuries received in training, deployment and restraint. He had a particular interest in the Animals Act and injuries caused by police dogs and horses.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Over many years Iain has represented claimants and defendants in the full range of personal injury and clinical negligence work. This work is often tied in with his inquest and health and safety practice and as a consequence he has a tendency to appear in cases arising out of fatalities.

Selected Reported Cases:

McDonnell v HM Assistant Coroner for West London [2017] A.C.D. 1

Houchin v Lincolnshire Probation Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 823

(on the application of Odigie) v Serco Ltd Queen’s Bench Division [2013] EWHC 3795 (Admin);

(on the application of Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis) v Central Criminal Court [2013] EWHC 179 (Admin)

Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Times Newspapers Ltd [2011] EWHC 2705 (QB);

Ahmad v Brent LBC Queen’s Bench Division [2011] EWHC 80 (QB)

R (on the application of Takoushis) v HM Coroner for Inner North London [2005] 1 WLR 461


Member of the South Eastern Circuit and the Personal Injury Bar Association

Regulatory information

Vat number: 681 1913 34

Bar Standards Board