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Dan Webster


Dan is a trainee in the human rights department

Inquests Court of Protection Discrimination

Dan is a trainee solicitor in his second seat, working with Nichola Marshall and Paula Lee in the employment department.


He is working primarily on cases related to gambling, including the group claim arising from the collapse of Football Index, and cases on behalf of individuals who have suffered harm as a result of a gambling disorder.


Dan completed his first seat in the human rights department, as part of Merry Varney’s team, where he did a wide range of work, primarily in the context of health and social care. This included representing bereaved families at inquests, acting for claimants in human rights and discrimination claims and in actions for judicial review, and representing individuals who lack capacity in Court of Protection proceedings. 


Dan joined the firm in January 2017 and initially worked in the clinical negligence department, where he gained experience of working on birth and maternal injury claims and fatal accident claims. He joined the Human Rights department as a paralegal to Merry Varney in September 2018, before beginning his training contract in September 2020.

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Education and previous experience

Before joining the firm, Dan studied law at Durham University and worked at Liberty as an advice & information volunteer.

Memberships and committees

Dan is a member of the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association and of Leigh Day’s Green Committee. Beyond his passion for human rights and environmental issues, Dan’s interests include languages, running and anything sport-related.


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Human rights Winterbourne View Abuse Scandal Winterbourne View abuse

Winterbourne View Abuse Scandal 10 years on

Cat Rubens and Dan Webster discuss what has changed in the 10 years since the Winterbourne View scandal and why so many victims and their families feel that the lessons of their experiences have still not been learned in what they describe as a “broken system”.

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Human rights Inquests

Following the conclusion of Philippa Day’s Inquest, what could be next for vulnerable benefits claimants?

Merry Varney and Dan Webster discuss what the conclusion of the inquest into the death of 27-year-old Philippa Day could mean for other vulnerable people claiming benefits and for processes at the Department of Work and Pensions.

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Coronavirus and legal rights: When is an inquest needed?

Merry Varney and Dan Webster, who specialise in inquest cases, examine the circumstances in which an inquest is required and discuss the latest information on inquests relating to the coronavirus.