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Danny Friedman QC

Contact: dannyfriedman@matrixlaw.co.uk Practice Manager: paulvenables@matrixlaw.co.uk

Danny Friedman QC specialises at the interface between crime, human rights and public law, with increasing focus on public international law.

His criminal defence practice focuses on due process and human rights in all areas of serious crime, with a particular speciality in terrorism, national security and political cases.

His civil practice includes actions against state organisations that violate the rights of marginalised individuals and groups, and his public law practice includes crime, the right to life, the prohibition on torture and general civil liberties related judicial review.

In recent years, he has been involved in many of the major national security cases that have been contested before the higher courts dealing with issues relating to administrative detention, admissibility of evidence from foreign state agents which is obtained by torture, control orders/TPIMS and deportation based on diplomatic assurances. He has appeared for the defence in a number of major criminal trials involving Islamist terrorist suspects, including those acquitted of conspiring to cause the 7 July 2005 explosions in London. He has also acted for bereaved families in a number of right to life cases both in Strasbourg and in this country, including Keenan; Middleton; Harry Stanley; Wright and Bennett; Menson; Alder and Hurst, as well as representing the family of the deceased and the surviving victims of UK army torture in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry.

Danny has co-authored publications on inquest law, human rights law and crime, including the human rights chapter in Archbold and INQUESTS – A Practitioners Guide (LAG 2008).

Awards and nominations

  • 2008 Awarded the Chambers and Partners Junior of the Year award for Human Rights and Public and Administrative Law
  • 2010 Short listed for the Justice Human Rights Lawyer of the Year
  • 2011 Short listed for the Chambers and Partners Junior of the Year award for Human Rights and Public and Administrative Law.

Danny accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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