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Daniel Barnett is a leading employment and commercial barrister. With 25 years’ experience representing business, he has acted for international airlines, FTSE-250 companies, NHS Trusts, many hundreds of SMEs and a Royal Family.

As the co-founder and past COO of the UK’s leading online continuing professional development trainer for lawyers, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2011, Daniel has day-to-day experience of the commercial, regulatory and reputational issues faced daily by businesses throughout the UK.

Daniel is the first port of call for much of the national media when seeking comment on legal issues. Since 2010 he has presented the legal hour on LBC Radio, answering questions from listeners, and he is regularly quoted in the national broadsheets and comments for the major news broadcasters.

Daniel is the author or co-author of ten books, including the Law Society Handbook on Employment Law (currently in its 7th edition). He is a leading speaker on employment law on the national and international seminar circuit.

Sports Law

Daniel has a background in martial arts, having taught and competed nationally in Samurai Jiu Jitsu (as well as regional competitions in Tae Kwon Do).

His sports law cases include:

  • a widely reported wrongful dismissal High Court trial, representing the Technical Director of Leeds United against the club
  • representing the first female cage fighting champion in her sex discrimination claim against UFC
  • representing David and Victoria Beckham’s nanny, who was dismissed for passing confidential information to the Sunday newspapers
  • running an employment tribunal claim against a large betting chain for failing to comply with discrimination law
  • advising on TUPE transfers of staff between golf clubs

Appointments & Memberships

  • Bailii Advisory Council
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Industrial Law Society


  • Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn


Daniel Barnett is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


“He prepares meticulously, knows the documents inside-out, leaves no stone unturned and goes the extra mile.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2021

“He is a pleasure to work with; his oral advocacy is highly impressive and his written advocacy is powerful and persuasive.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2021

“Calm demeanour, confidence and obvious mastery of his subject. Daniel works well with people at all levels and his cross-examination is meticulous, aided by a polite and reasonable approach towards respondents’ witnesses. His drafting is also crisp and precise.” Employment, Legal 500 2021

“He is very knowledgeable and is an effective advocate.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2020

“His oral advocacy is highly impressive and his written advocacy is powerful and persuasive.” Employment, Legal 500 2020

“Helpful, attentive and crystal clear in the advice he gives.” “Meticulous in his preparation.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2019

“He is meticulous in his preparation and ruthless with his cross-examination.” Employment, Legal 500 2019

“Innovative, charming, knowledgeable and great with clients.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He most certainly knows his stuff. He’s straightforward, robust and a very effective communicator. He knows the law and how to apply it practically.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is extremely responsive and works well with clients.” Employment, Legal 500 2017

“He has a fast turnaround, is efficient and to the point.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017

“His advocacy is good, he is a good cross-examiner and he can really pursue a point.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017

“A talented advocate, who is always very responsive and proactive.” Employment, Legal 500 2016

“Quick to respond, he’s an excellent advocate who works very well with clients.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016

“Robust and will always put up a good fight.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016

“Absolutely outstanding. He’s extremely responsive, and really keeps on top of client management.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2015

“Very astute in negotiation and in court; clients rightly have confidence in him.” Employment, Legal 500 2015

“He’s very authoritative – his preparation for written submissions is extremely thorough and he covers every single aspect of the case.” “Daniel is the sort of person to go to when you’re trying to merge employment and regulatory matters.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2014

“Excellent client skills.” Employment, Legal 500 2014

“An outstanding service.” Employment, Legal 500 2013

“Very energetic and purposeful.” Employment, Legal 500 2012

“Daniel Barnett has saved my company time, money and aggravation by keeping us out the tribunal. He’s our first-choice whenever we need a barrister.” Touker Suleyman, Dragon’s Den

“No sitting on the fence: Daniel speaks his mind and gives clear answers.” Iain Dale, Biteback Publishing & LBC Drivetime Presenter




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