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Daniel Barnett

Leading HR and Employment Law Barrister


Daniel is ranked as one of the UK's leading HR and employment law barristers. He is widely known for co-presenting the Legal Hour on LBC Radio since 2010.   With over 20 years’ experience defending public and private sector employers against employment claims; he has represented a Royal Family, several international airlines, FTSE-100 companies and various NHS Trusts and local authorities. Employee clients include David & Victoria Beckham’s nanny and Paul Mason (subject of the ITV documentary ‘Britain’s Fattest Man’).

Daniel is a past chair of the Employment Lawyers’ Association’s publishing committee and electronic services working party. He is the author or co-author of eight books, including the Law Society Handbook on Employment Law (currently in its 6th edition). He is the creator of the Employment Law (UK) mailing list, an email alerter bulletin service sending details of breaking news in employment law three times a week to 29,000 recipients.

Legal directories describe him as “extremely knowledgeable and [he] can absorb pages of instructions at lightning speed”, “involved in a number of highly contentious matters”, “singled out for his work for large blue-chip companies”, “combination of in-depth legal knowledge, pragmatism, quick response times and approachability”, “inexhaustible”, “tenacious”, “knowledgeable” and “an excellent advocate”.

In 2015 he was the keynote speaker at The Lawyer General Counsel Summit in Lisbon and the Pensions & Benefits UK conference in Westminster. He has presented seminars for the House of Commons, the BBC, Oxford University, HSBC, Barclays Bank, Ocado, and dozens of other organisations in-house. In 2013, 2014 and 2016, he designed and was the sole speaker at the Employment Law MasterClass national tour, the biggest HR and employment law event in the UK.

As well as full-time practice as a barrister and speaker, Daniel is an experienced entrepreneur. He is the founder and owner of Employment Law Services Ltd (a legal publishing company), which provides marketing and educational services to employment lawyers and HR professionals. In 2007, he co-founded CPD Webinars Ltd, then the UK's leading webinar training company for lawyers, and sold it to Thomson Reuters in 2011.

Daniel is widely sought after as a commentator in both broadcast and print media on all legal issues, appearing regularly on LBC, Sky News, BBC News, Five Live and in all the national daily and Sunday press.


  • 'Top Tips for HR Professionals'

  • Confessions of a radio lawyer

  • Awkward Conversations - Teaching Line Managers How to Dismiss Staff


"As ever, the most thoroughly engaging, entertaining and erudite speaker delivering employment law talks in the UK."

Owen Wacker, JD Wetherspoon Plc

"The Michael McIntyre of Employment Law!"

Zoe Preston, RSA Accident Repairs Ltd


"Very innovative ways of getting the subjects across; a very engaging and lively speaker making the subject accessible."

Kevin Sanders, RAF

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