Daniel Machover is one of the UK’s leading solicitors in his field: an expert at vindicating the rights of people who have suffered at the hands of the state, in inquest and public inquiry work and in representing individuals and organisations in complex civil litigation cases.
Daniel specialises in coronial law and is the co-author of the ‘textbook’ for inquest lawyers. He has acted for bereaved families in some of the most important inquests in recent years, many of which address deaths in police custody. He has achieved formidable success at forcing authorities to revisit previous decisions, and working with bereaved families to achieve long term policy changes.
Daniel is equally experienced in public inquiries. He has represented clients at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Azelle Rodney Inquiry.
Daniel’s pioneering human rights work has seen him bring cases to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
His long experience representing clients in civil claims arising from the criminal justice system enables him to offer specialist representation to both claimants and defendant in civil fraud cases and other civil disputes with a connection to criminal law.
Daniel is Chair of INQUEST, the charity which provides a specialist, comprehensive advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation. He is also a trustee of Legal Action Worldwide, which helps gain access to justice for those who need it most in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Daniel Machover has a formidable reputation as an inquest and inquiry lawyer.
His book ‘Inquests – A Practitioners Guide’ (Thomas, Machover, Straw, Friedman) is considered the ‘textbook’ for inquest lawyers.
Daniel has acted in some of the most significant and high profile inquests of the past twenty years, especially as they relate to deaths at the hand of the police or other state institutions.
His clients include the bereaved families of Sean Rigg and Azelle Rodney, both of which resulted in criminal and/or disciplinary proceedings against the police officers in question. He has also represented the family of footballer Emiliano Sala and the artist David Hockney.
Daniel is equally expert in public inquiry law. The department acts for eleven clients in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry and acts for several of the core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. He is a frequently media commentator on inquest and inquiry law.
He is Chair of INQUEST, a charity providing specialist, comprehensive advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation.
Daniel has vast experience bringing human rights-related legal actions against state bodies, particularly the police and detaining authorities. While much of Daniel’s work in his area relates to deaths either at the hands of the police and/or occurring in police or prison custody, he has achieved success in representing clients who have been the victims of miscarriages of justice and serious misconduct by police or prison authorities. He and his team have acted in the inquests into deaths of Dalian Atkinson, Sean Fitzgerald, Sean Rigg, Thomas Orchard and Azelle Rodney all of whom died after encountering the police and all of which resulted in criminal and/or disciplinary proceedings against the police officers in question.
Daniel’s clients include financial professionals and celebrities to journalists, teachers, motorists, protestors and ordinary people who find themselves caught up in police operations and who have faced numerous complex and unusual policing situations. He has achieved legal redress over matters such as police cautions, search warrants and the decision to arrest.
Successfully challenging the state on human rights civil liberties issues requires in-depth knowledge of private law, public law, criminal law and information law. By working closely with the firm’s criminal defence department the civil team is uniquely placed to be able to creatively challenge the abuse and misuse of power by the police in a collaborative approach. The team’s extensive experience and innovative approach produces the best possible outcomes for clients from the police complaint stage to Strasbourg.
Daniel brought a ground-breaking group action for prisoners alleging assault and systemic management failures in HMP Wormwood Scrubs during the 1990s and his department have brought a series of claims for abused prisoners from HMP Leeds and HMYOI Portland.
Daniel received the Margery Fry Award from the Howard League for Penal Reform for ‘ensuring the protection of prisoners through the tenacious pursuit of legal remedies’.
Defending civil liberties and human rights from state abuses of power is the core work of Hickman & Rose’s civil team and as head of the department Daniel Machover is a leader in this field. Successfully challenging the state on human rights civil liberties issues requires in-depth knowledge of private law, public law, criminal law and information law. He has significant experience in challenging decisions by the IOPC (previously the IPCC). By working closely with the firm’s criminal defence department the civil team is uniquely placed to be able to creatively challenge the abuse and misuse of power by the police in a collaborative approach. He has helped clients hold to account police officers ranging in rank from PCSO all the way to Chief Constable. He has achieved significant success using Judicial Review to force the police and other decision makers in the criminal justice system to act within the law.
Daniel’s work for victims of crimes at the hand of state agents has led to the prosecutions of police officers and prison officers, while his work for victims of state crimes abroad (war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity) has placed him at the forefront of the movement for universal criminal jurisdiction. He has helped to establish the equal application of the rule of law in all circumstances. In light of this expertise, he has been invited to address members of the European and UK Parliaments in London and Brussels on the theme of universal jurisdiction.
Daniel acts for both claimants and defendant in civil fraud cases. He has long experience in civil litigation, successfully representing individuals and businesses in civil claims arising from the criminal justice system.
Key clients included a politician’s son, for whom Daniel fought off allegations of being involved a multi-million pound fraud; a claim for his spouse of being defrauded in relation to the purchase of gold coins; a corporate enforcing a multi-million Euro foreign judgment against a UK resident and a businessman defrauded while acting as an ‘angel investor’.
Often working in close collaboration with the lawyers in the firm’s criminal department, Daniel fraud team leverages its litigation expertise to works in close collaboration with the firm’s corporate criminal lawyers to maximise clients’ ability to achieve the desired outcome.
18 Mar 2021
Head of Civil Litigation Daniel Machover has been quoted at length in the Law Society Gazette on the results of Lord Faulks’ review of judicial review. Daniel argues that the review ‘reflects that it…
5 Nov 2020
Hickman & Rose is pleased to have been recognised as a leading UK law firm by the Times newspaper, as well as the country’s most prestigious legal directories. The Times’ judges commended the firm…