Dan is a trainee solicitor in Merry Varney’s team in the human rights department.
He works as part of a team who do a wide range of work, primarily in the context of health and social care. Dan’s work includes 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.
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.
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.