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Dan Webster

Associate solicitor

Dan is an associate solicitor in the human rights department

Human rights Inquests Judicial review Public law

Dan is an associate solicitor in the human rights department, working as part of Merry Varney’s team.

Dan qualified as a solicitor in 2022, having completed his training contract at Leigh Day. He worked in the clinical negligence, employment and international and group litigation departments before joining the human rights department as a solicitor.

Dan does a wide range of work, primarily in the context of mental health, social care and gambling harms. This includes representing bereaved families at inquests, acting for claimants in human rights and negligence claims and representing clients in judicial review proceedings or in applications for an inquest to be held under section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988.

Dan has acted in a number of inquests involving concerns about mental health care and treatment, the support provided to students by universities, the policies and practices of the DWP and gambling harms (including the actions of gambling operators and wider issues regarding the information available about risks associated with gambling, treatment available for gambling disorder and gambling regulation).

What our clients say

Absolutely 1st class service. From start to finish I was regularly updated. Especially Dan who was always available and his work was beyond my expectations. I had a gambling issue with a bookmaker. A hard case to win but I was told Leigh Day would be happy to represent me on no win no fee. I'm happy to say after about a year the bookmaker has offered damages which I have since accepted. I was advised not to accept the first offer which I did and they then upped the offer to my satisfaction. I would strongly recommend Leigh Day and thank them so much for the work and support they showed for me.

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Examples of cases Dan has worked on include the following:

  • Inquest touching the death of Luke Ashton – The inquest into Luke’s death concluded in June 2023. The Coroner found that gambling disorder and failures by Betfair to intervene in Luke’s gambling contributed to his death. He issued a Prevention of Future Deaths report to Flutter (Betfair’s parent company), the Gambling Commission and the Government.
  • Application for a new inquest into the death of Jodey Whiting - Dan was part of the team which represented Joy Dove (Jodey’s mother) in her application for a new inquest to investigate whether failings by the DWP contributed to Jodey’s death. The application was granted by the Court of Appeal in March 2023 following a lengthy legal process. The Court of Appeal judgment is of considerable wider significance, particularly in respect of the investigation by coroners of mental health causes contributing to self-inflicted deaths, as discussed in this blog post.
  • Inquest touching the death of Jack Ritchie - The inquest into Jack’s death concluded in March 2022. The Coroner found that gambling led to Jack’s death and that the regulation, information and treatment for gambling problems at the time of his death were “woefully inadequate”.
  • Inquest touching the death of Philippa Day - The inquest into Philippa’s death concluded in January 2021. The Coroner found that the problems Philippa had with her application for disability benefits, as a result of systemic failings on the part of the DWP and Capita, were the predominant factor which led to her death. Following the inquest, Dan was part of the team which represented Philippa’s family in a civil claim against the DWP and Capita, which was settled in autumn 2021.

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 INQUEST Lawyers Group. Within Leigh Day, he is part of the Green Committee and the Disability Committee.

News and blogs

What our clients say

It is no exaggeration to say that without lawyers like those at Leigh Day who clearly care about providing sound legal representation for ordinary people who are experiencing terrible tragedy, the judicial system in this country would be incomplete, and semi-functional at best.

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