Trinity Hall Cambridge, MA in Law [Dr Cooper’s Law scholar].
President Cambridge Union Society.
Jules Thorn Scholar Middle Temple
Bencher of the Middle Temple
Year of Call:
I am an experienced QC with a broad defence practice.
I lead other barristers but also act alone.
The Legal 500 Directory:
“Provides excellent first instance and appellate advocacy… Has excellent rapport with juries….First rate legal acumen and particularly fine drafting.”
Dr Laura Brampton, a partner in Howell and Co:
“I have worked with Daniel Janner QC for 2 years now. His client care skills are second to none. Clients very much appreciate his personable approach to a case. Daniel’s ability to understand a client’s perspective is coupled with an outstanding work ethic and an ability to cut through extraneous issues in order to deal with complex legal points. His case preparation is excellent and, in my experience, he is always very quick to respond to queries from instructing solicitors. An outstanding advocate and all-rounder.”
My success is based on working closely with clients to achieve the best results possible. Accordingly, I have acted for clients of all ages and in different parts of the country – in magistrates’ courts and in the Crown court.
High profile cases include:
The Heysel Stadium football extraditions; The Knightsbridge Safety Deposit box robbery; Oyston and Martin rape trials; French student murder trial; “Happy slap” murder trial; London City Bond fraud trial; Gouldbourne Cayman Islands murder; McGrath [Preston politician] money laundering; Cleeve Prior missing body murder; Lord of Fraud, Rodley trials.
I have developed a speciality relating to schools and criminal offences. This work has developed from my experience as Chairman of Governors of a school.
I have been an Editor of the Criminal Appeal Reports since 1994 and I have extensive experience in the Court of Appeal. My work has included appeals against conviction relating to bad character, defective summing up; and jury interference.
I have been called to the Cayman Islands Bar and have been instructed by the International Criminal Court as a member of its panel of defence advocates.
I am frequently instructed in murder trials, often featuring drugs and firearms. These have involved complex forensic evidence such as death by arson; cell site analysis; anonymous witness and cases of “cut-throat” defences. I have had considerable experience representing young defendants charged with murder.
Barratt . Multi-handed stabbing murder trial. Complex CCTV expert evidence. Victim was a former European Welter Weight boxing champion. http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1488390_eight-men-arrested-on-suspicion-of-murder-in-connection-with-rochdale-nightclub-stabbing-of-john-lee-barrett.
Jesse Richards murder trial. Difficult issues arose concerning the gypsy victim whose body could not be found and anonymous identification witnesses. The main prosecution witness was shot during the course of this high security case. http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2012/03/21/jesse-richards-murder-trial-drug-smuggler-pleaded-with-gang-to-spare-his-life-92746-30587789.
Simon Sheen. Defended a young man charged with the murder of his mother and attempted murder of his two siblings in a house fire. The case involved challenging highly complex forensic evidence as to the cause of the fire. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/coventry-man-jailed-for-starting-killer-246228
Chuong Nguyen. Vietnamese contract killer trial featured on Crimewatch.
Gouldbourne . Cayman Islands diminished responsibility murder trial. Defendant stabbed and shot his girlfriend. I appealed the conviction to the Privy Council. http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1014013
South bank “Happy Slap” Murder trial. I represented a 16 year old in murder of survivor of Soho pub bombing case. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/dec/15/ukcrime.sandralaville
Chaplin murder trial. I represented a 15 year old girl charged with murder of a friend’s boyfriend.
Fraud and Financial crime:
I have appeared in numerous complex and serious fraud trials, often representing professionals [including solicitors, accountants and financial advisers].
Notable cases include:
The “Lord of Fraud” Rodley bank and boiler room fraud trials, involving over £200 million.
Gillespie. This was the largest counterfeit medicines prosecution in Europe involving several million pounds. The prosecution described it as “the most serious breach of the medicines control regime in the EU with far reaching consequences for the pharmaceutical companies, the control mechanism, patients and the confidence of the general public”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-13020208.
Darienzo; Operation Erasure. £20 million VAT fraud. Multi-handed complex serious fraud trial lasting 4 months.
Cotton. I represented a financial advisor charged with a long-term and involved Ponzi type fraud.
McGrath. The defendant was a former Preston politician and well known businessman who had been acquitted for serious fraud in the 1990s. He had been represented by me during those cases. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7309305/Ex-councillor-guilty-of-laundering-drugs-cash.html.
Peacock. I represented an accountant charged with money laundering and a mortgage fraud in three successive trials. Twice leave was granted to appeal convictions to the Court of Appeal on the basis of unfair summing-up.  EWCA Crim 1746. http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/the-final-chapter-in-a-seedy-story-of-lust-and-money-1-2284740
Serious crime [including sexual offences, drugs, blackmail, kidnapping]
McDonnell. This was a blackmail and kidnapping case involving the abduction of a co-conspirator in a fraud.
Kevin O’Dowd. I was court appointed cross-examiner in this rape trial.
Briggs-Price. I defended in one of the largest and most difficult drugs investigations in the East Midlands. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/4255237.stm
Police civil actions
I have acted for both Claimants and defendants in actions involving malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and assault.
I recently acted for the Claimant arising out of arrests in the Reading child murder trial.
Disciplinary and regulatory
I have acted in police disciplinary tribunals and solicitor regulatory hearings.