Head of Civil Department

Daniel Machover

Head of Civil Department

According to the 2020 edition of Chambers & Partners, Daniel is an "Absolute master" and "at the top of the field" in criminal justice-related public law.

Current and previous editions of Chambers describe him as having “comprehensive legal knowledge of police, inquests and public law, has brilliant analytical skills and is wonderful to work with." and being "pioneering and dedicated", "a guru in inquests" and "someone whose work changes the law for the better"; and "a giant in the field" of civil liberties; and an “extremely bright, sharp and experienced lawyer" who is "very astute, very intelligent and very passionate”, with “a first-class ability to think creatively and assimilate the facts of a case swiftly and thoroughly, with a tactical approach”; and a "...fantastically sensible and committed lawyer who is not afraid to get stuck in and take on large challenges."

Daniel specialises in civil litigation on behalf of people who have suffered wrongs at the hands of the criminal justice system. He has brought many successful claims against the Ministry of Justice, Home Office and police and has represented a wide range of individuals and companies at inquests.

Daniel also acts for individuals and businesses in civil claims which have a criminal element, such as his successful defence in 2016 of politician’s son Max Bakiev, who fought off allegations made in the High Court in London of a brutal, commercially motivated attack on a representative of a gold exploration company in Kyrgyzstan. Daniel has a burgeoning civil fraud practice and acts for both claimants and defendants. He has achieved significant success in personal claims against directors and achieving settlement in complex claims.

Daniel’s test cases include the right of prisoners to vote, the frequency of review of lifers’ release dates and the application of the Human Rights Act to officials acting outside the United Kingdom. He brought the successful and ground-breaking group action for prisoners alleging assault and systemic management failures in HMP Wormwood Scrubs during the 1990s. In recognition of his work, 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’.

Daniel also has a worldwide reputation in the field of international human rights law. His work for victims of war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity has placed him at the forefront of the movement for universal criminal jurisdiction. His cases have included some of the most serious human rights violations and he has helped to establish the equal application of the rule of law in all circumstances. In light of his 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 qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has an LL.M. in Public International Law from King’s College, University of London. He joined Hickman & Rose in 1997 as head of the Civil Litigation department and became a partner in 1998. He is currently Chair of INQUEST, the charity which provides a specialist, comprehensive advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation. His book ‘Inquests – A Practitioners Guide’ (Thomas, Machover, Straw, Friedman) was published in 2015. 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.