Daniel Cooper


Described by clients as "very talented and dedicated”, and a finalist in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2020; Daniel specialises in human rights law and actions against the police and state.  His work includes inquests, public and administrative law, and public inquiries, as well as civil claims and complaints.

Daniel works with the families of those who have died in police custody and at work.  He currently represents the families of 5 African workers who were tragically killed in 2016 in the largest ever loss of life at a recycling plant in the UK and which attracts national and international attention. He acts with Partner Imran Khan QC for the family of Rashan Charles who was killed in 2017 following restraint by a Metropolitan Police officer, which led to protest and unrest across London.  He acts with Partner Imran Khan for the family of Yassar Yaqub who was shot dead by West Yorkshire Police in 2017. He acts for a number of other families in coronial proceedings and non-statutory inquiries relating to deaths in police custody, prisons and mental health settings.

Daniel is instructed by bereaved family members and residents of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017.

Daniel is instructed by Interested Persons in the Inquest into the London Bridge & Borough Market terror attacks of 3 June 2017.

Daniel was a member of the team that acted for financial analyst, Ke Xu, known as the ‘billion-dollar-brain’, in public law proceedings before the Court of Appeal relating to attempts by investment fund bosses to try to stop his deportation to China.

Daniel has secured in excess of one million pounds in damages for survivors of historic sexual abuse in the context of civil and non-civil proceedings. He presently acts for a survivor of historic sexual abuse in respect of Metropolitan Police failings to adequately investigate serious allegations of sexual abuse against a former police officer.

Daniel has recently secured a series of successful judgments and settlements for clients before the County and High Court including in appeal proceedings. He was part of the team that acted for the daughters of Mary Griffiths, who was tragically murdered, in complex proceedings in negligence and under the Human Rights Act, in Griffiths v CC Suffolk Police & Anr [2018] EWHC 2538 (QB) and in regards to the ‘necessity’ element of the grounds to arrest in Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police v MR [2019] EWHC 888 (QB). He acts with Partner Imran Khan QC for Mr Alfie Meadows, who suffered a brain injury following major students protests, in civil and police disciplinary proceedings.

Daniel is a Solicitor Advocate who joined Imran Khan and Partners in March 2017 (qualifying in June 2019). He has a first class degree from the University of London. He attained the “Future Lawyer Advancement Award” scholarship, which is awarded to promising young lawyers. Daniel was also awarded the “Future Lawyer Excellence Award” scholarship during his training. His background is as Vice-President of the University of London Union, the largest student representative body in Europe and he acted for the UK’s 9 million students in a national capacity at the National Union of Students. He has been a casework of the Newham Monitoring Project assisting with civil rights issues and an active campaigner in the trade union movement, particularly with hyper-exploited migrant workers. He is fluent in French.

Daniel has a particular interest in the treatment by the police and detaining authorities of vulnerable citizens and those who are mentally ill. In this area, he has recently:

  1. Successfully secured damages for a teenager that was violently strip-searched by multiple police officers including of his private parts in Davis v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2019) which followed misconduct proceedings against the officer concerned.

  2. Successfully secured damages and non-financial redress for a blind and mentally ill citizen that was attacked in police custody in Wilde v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2019) which followed gross misconduct findings against the officer concerned.

  3. Successfully secured damages for a vulnerable prisoner who was assaulted by prison guards in Jeffers v Ministry of Justice (2018)

  4. He was a member of the team that acted in disciplinary and civil proceedings against the Metropolitan Police, for a female citizen, NSX, who was coerced into a sexual relationship under duress over a lengthy period by a serving police officer.

  5. Successfully acted against a private prison in a claim in negligence in which substantial damages were awarded to the claimant, in Bradfield v Serco Ltd (2019)

  6. In Boateng v Home Office and Enforcement he acts for a young Muslim mother that was arrested whilst at work.