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Daniel Janner QC

Daniel Janner QC

Call 1980 QC 2002

“Provides excellent first instance and appellate advocacy... Has excellent rapport with juries....First rate legal acumen and particularly fine drafting.” Legal 500 Directory.

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 money laundering; Cleeve Prior missing body murder; Lord of Fraud, Rodley trials.

He has been an editor of the Criminal Appeal Reports since 1994.

Daniel has been called to the Cayman Islands Bar and has been instructed by the International Criminal Court as a member of its panel of defence advocates.

He is qualified to accept instructions directly from clients under the Bar Council's Public Access scheme.

Daniel was President of the Cambridge Union Society and was awarded Dr Cooper's Law studentship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was a Jules Thorn Scholar and is a Bencher of the Middle Temple.

Sexual offences

R v Green. Defended former headmaster charged with historic sex abuse against children.

R v Smith and others. Child sex abuse ring trial.

R v Kevin O'Dowd. Daniel was court appointed cross-examiner in rape trial.

R v F and others. Birmingham incest paedophile ring trial.

R v Dr Arowojolu. Successfully appealed conviction in relation to consultant obstetrician and obtained acquittal in retrial.


Daniel is 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. He has considerable experience representing young defendants charged with murder.

Notable cases include:

R v Swayne. Cut-throat murder trial.

R v Crompton. The defendant punched and killed an elderly man during the course of a burglary.

R v Barratt. Multi-handed stabbing murder trial. Complex CCTV expert evidence. Victim was a former European Welter Weight boxing champion.

R v Matthew Taylor. Missing body gypsy murder trial.

R v Simon Sheen. Daniel 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.

R v Shosanya. Prosecuted the defendant who murdered a French student.

R v Chuong Nguyen. Vietnamese contract killer trial as featured on Crimewatch.

R v Gouldbourne. Cayman Islands diminished responsibility murder trial.

R v Case and others. South bank "Happy Slap" Murder trial.

R v Chaplin Daniel represented a 15 year old girl charged with murder of a friend's boyfriend.

R v Brima. 16 year old defendant, street stabbing.

R v Ogier Ascot Racecourse murder trial.

Fraud and Financial crime

Daniel has appeared in numerous complex and serious fraud trials, often representing professionals (including solicitors, accountants and financial advisers)

Notable cases include:

R v Lonnie Smith. 5 month multi-million pound MTIC and fraudulent loan agreement trial.

R v Rodley The "Lord of Fraud" Rodley bank and boiler room fraud trials, involving over £200 million.

R v Gillespie. This was the largest counterfeit medicines prosecution in Europe involving several million pounds. Daniel represented the main defendant.

R v Darienzo. Operation Erasure. £20 million VAT fraud. Multi-handed complex serious fraud trial.

R v Cotton. Daniel represented a financial advisor charged with a long-term and involved Ponzi type fraud.

R v McGrath. Daniel defended a well-known Preston politician in Operation Angel which involved corruption, fraud and drugs money laundering offences.

R v Peacock . Daniel represented an accountant charged with money laundering and a mortgage fraud.

R v Shah. Daniel represented a solicitor on a multi-million mortgage fraud.

R v Issitt Operation Divert. £85 million carousel fraud.

London City Bond Trial. Daniel appeared for one of the main defendants.


R v McDonnell. Drug related blackmail and kidnapping.

R v Lawson and others. Daniel prosecuted multi-handed drugs trial.

R v Briggs-Price. East Midlands drugs conspiracy.

Police civil actions

Daniel has acted for both Claimants and defendants in actions involving malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and assault.

Disciplinary and Regulatory

Daniel has acted in police disciplinary tribunals and solicitors regulatory proceedings.