Daniel Janner QC

Barrister (Door Tenant)

Called 1980 | Silk 2002



Daniel is a highly experienced Criminal Silk dedicated to fighting for justice for those he represents. He has a wide-ranging QC’s practice with a successful track record – leading in many high-profile, complex, sensitive sexual abuse and rape cases.

Daniel is a senior member (Bencher) of the Middle Temple and Editor, since 1994, of the Criminal Appeals Reports, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

He has been called to the Cayman Islands Bar and is regularly instructed by the International Criminal Court as a member of its panel of defence advocates.

During his university days, Daniel was elected President of the Cambridge Union Society and awarded Dr Cooper’s Law studentship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was a Jules Thorn Scholar (a major award from the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple).


Daniel has appeared in numerous complex and serious fraud trials, often representing professionals including solicitors, accountants and financial advisers.

He is also instructed in murder trials, often featuring drugs and firearms. Many have involved complex forensic evidence such as death by arson, cell site analysis, anonymous witness and cases of “cut-throat” defences. He has considerable experience too of representing young defendants charged with murder, speaking out with clarity and force, on behalf of his clients.

Most notably, Daniel’s most prominent cases include the Heysel Stadium football extraditions, the Knightsbridge Safety Deposit Box robbery, Oyston and Martin rape trials, a French student murder trial; “Happy Slap” murder, London City Bond fraud trial, Gouldbourne Cayman Islands murder, McGrath money laundering, Cleeve Prior missing body murder and the “Lord of Fraud”, Rodley trials.

Daniel is approved to accept instructions direct from international and UK clients on a direct access basis, without the need for a solicitor intermediary in appropriate cases.

Notable cases

Sexual Abuse

R v Green – Defended former headmaster charged with historic sex abuse against children.

R v Smith and Others – Child sex abuse ring trial

R v F and Others – Birmingham Incest paedophile ring trial.


R v P – Successfully overturned rape convictions in the Court of Appeal.

R v Kevin O’Dowd – Court appointed cross-examiner in rape trial.

R v Dr Arowjolu – Successful appeal of conviction in relation to consultant obstetrician and obtained acquittal in retrial.


R v Swayne – Cut-throat murder trial

R v Crompton – The defendant punched and killed an elderly man during the course of a burglary.

R v Barratt – Multi-handed stabbing murder trial. Complex CCTV expert evidence. The victim was a former European Welter Weight boxing champion.

R v Matthew Taylor – Missing body gypsy murder trial.

R v Simon Sheen – Defending a young man charged with the murder of his mother and attempted murder of his two siblings in a house fire. The case involved challenging highly complex forensic evidence.

R v Chuong Nguyen – Vietnamese contract killer trial as featured on Crimewatch.

R v Gouldbourne – Cayman Islands diminished responsibility murder trial.

R v Chaplin – Representing a 15 year old girl charged with murder of a friend’s boyfriend.

R v Brima – A teenage defendant involved in a street stabbing.

R v Ogier – Ascot Racecourse murder trial.


R v McDonnell – Drug related blackmail and kidnapping.

R v Lawson and others – Prosecuting a multi-handed drugs trial.

R v Briggs-Price – Drugs conspiracy in the East Midlands.

Fraud and Financial Crime

R v Lonnie Smith – Five month multi-million pound MTIC and fraudulent loan agreement trial.

R v Rodley – The “Lord of Fraud” Rodley bank and boiler room fraud trials, involving over £200 million.

R v Gillespie – This was the largest counterfeit medicines prosecution in Europe involving several million pounds. Daniel represented the main defendant.

R v Darienzo – Operation Erasure. £20 million VAT fraud. Multi-handed complex serious fraud trial.

R v Cotton – Representing a financial adviser charged with a long-term and involved Ponzi type fraud.

R v McGrath – Defended a well-known Preston politician in Operation Angel which involved corruption, fraud and drugs money laundering offences.

R v Peacock – Representing an accountant charged with money laundering and a mortgage fraud.

R v Shah – Representing a solicitor on a multi-million mortgage fraud.

R v Issitt – Operation Divert. £85 million carousel fraud.

London City Bond Trial – Representing one of the main defendants.


“Daniel provides excellent first instance and appellate advocacy” Legal 500

“He has excellent rapport with juries” Legal 500

“First rate legal acumen and particularly fine drafting” Legal 500

I have instructed Daniel Janner QC on many of my most complex and difficult cases, where the stakes for my clients are extremely serious. His intellect, wisdom and formidable advocacy skills are matched by his high standard of client care and his commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes” – Daniel Berke

“I was fortunate to be represented by Daniel Janner in civil and criminal matters for almost 19 years. He was professional and extremely hardworking at all times. He always listened and his advice was invariably spot on. I realised that he was respected by opposition barrister and judges. Mr Janner served me well and is a credit to his profession.” Frank McGrath