Danielle joined Chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage in 2021.
Danielle has a busy criminal and family law practice in the Crown, Magistrates, Youth, and County Courts. Her criminal practice ranges from defending clients accused of violence, sexual and drug offences, to prosecuting railway offences. Danielle has completed vulnerable witness training and is recommended for building rapport with a wide range of clients.
Danielle’s family practice includes public and private children work, involving domestic violence allegations, internal and international relocation, and suspected child trafficking. Danielle is also experienced in non-molestation matters and represents Applicants, Respondents, Local Authorities, and children.
During her pupillage, Danielle assisted members of Chambers in a Court of Appeal murder appeal, armed burglary trial, and child contact hearings.
Prior to pupillage, Danielle worked as a paralegal in the corporate crime department of a Band 1 firm. Danielle assisted partners in complex criminal and regulatory matters, drafted briefing notes for client conferences, and worked on a substantial document review exercise. Danielle therefore fully understands the needs of professional clients.
Education and scholarships
2019: BPP, Holborn – BPTC, Very Competent
2018: University of Oxford, Mansfield College – BA (Hons), Jurisprudence
2019: Criminal Bar Association – Bursary Award for Advocacy
2019: Marshall Hall Trust – Pupillage Award
2018: Inner Temple BPTC Awards – Exhibition Award, Ashworth Scholarship, and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award
2016: BPP – BPTC Programme Bursary
2016: Mansfield College Fellows in Law – Worsley Prize
Winchester Crown Court (2022) – secured acquittal following sexual assault trial, involving successful s.41 application.
Inner London Crown Court (2021) – represented Appellant in appeals against conviction and sentence, resulting in one of two s4 Public Order Act convictions being quashed. Sentence reduced – community order requirement and Magistrates’ Court costs halved.
Winchester Crown Court (2022) – secured acquittal following trial on multi-handed threatening with knife charge.
Inner London Crown Court (2021) – successfully applied to vary sentence under the slip rule, resulting in an around seven-month reduction in sentence for a third-strike burglary.
Snaresbrook Crown Court (2021) – secured a suspended sentence for breach of a criminal behaviour order, commission of a further offence during the operational period of a suspended sentence order, and failure to surrender, following successful submissions that activating a two-year suspended sentence for robbery was unjust in all the circumstances, despite probation report that response to supervision was very poor.
Norwich and Great Yarmouth Youth Courts (2020-2021) – instructed in county lines class A drug supply matter involving expert evidence at trial relating to the Modern Slavery Act.
Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court (2022) – advised and drafted on abuse of process application concerning loss of evidence in drug testing matter, resulting in the offering of no evidence.
Bromley Youth Court (2021) – secured an acquittal on witness intimidation and malicious communication charges despite overwhelming identification evidence.
Staines Magistrates’ Court (2021) – won a Newton trial for client who denied kicking a police officer despite corroborating evidence given by three police officers.
Stratford Magistrates’ Court (2021) – successfully applied for removal of a driving ban for applicant with multiple driving convictions, following legal argument regarding interpretation of retest statutory provisions.
Manchester Family Court (2022) – representing Respondent in direct access capacity in international relocation application matter.
Wolverhampton Family Court (2022) – represented Applicant in finalising Prohibited Steps Order preventing relocation and successfully opposing child arrangements application.
Danielle is direct access qualified and has experience delivering advice directly to clients, for example representation at child contact matters, and advising on a criminal costs matter, health and safety in the construction industry, and legal remedies for bullied children.
Danielle is experienced representing protestors, including members of Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain, in various criminal defence matters.
Danielle is currently a member of the Criminal Bar Association’s Law Reform Working Group and assisted with drafting their response to the CPS’s consultation on rape and sexual offences legal guidance and response to the consultation on human rights reform.
Appointments & Memberships
South Eastern Circuit – 2021 Junior Bar Sub Committee and Executive Committee
Criminal Bar Association – 2021 Law Reform Working Group, 2022 Executive
Family Law Bar Association – member
Inner Temple – member
“Danielle has been instructed by me in countless cases and the best measure of a barrister is the feedback from clients. Namely, ‘excellent’, ‘would not have got through without her’, ‘brilliant’. In addition, in my experience over many years as a solicitor, Danielle has proved herself as a diligent and knowledgeable advocate that always gives her all to a case and has secured countless great results” – Ahmet Ratip, Imran Khan & Partners.