Daniel Dyal

Year of Call: 2006

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Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Human Rights | Personal Injury | Professional Discipline


"He's an advocate who commands the respect and attention of the tribunal." "He's really helpful, good with clients and efficient." Chambers & Partners 2021

“Very detailed approach and the advice is extremely thorough” Legal 500 2021


Daniel Dyal is a very experienced litigator and advisor. He fights supremely hard for his clients and excels at supporting them through difficult times. He is widely praised for being meticulous, responsive and tenacious but all the while down to earth.

Daniel's employment law practice encompasses all types of dispute including all forms of discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE, redundancy, business reorganisations, holiday pay, trade union disputes, bonus claims and disputes about post-termination restrictions (including injunctive relief).

During the coronavirus pandemic Daniel has established himself as one of the foremost experts on furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. He has advised large employers, trade unions and individuals. Daniel has also written two influential papers on the scheme which have been widely discussed and republished.

Daniel is ideally placed to accept instructions in the niche area of health and safety appeals to the employment tribunal. He is experienced in all three areas that are vital to such work: firstly, regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, secondly, the inspection/enforcement framework under that act; and thirdly the employment tribunal's appellate jurisdiction in respect of it.

Daniel is often instructed in regulatory proceedings arising out of the employment relationship. He has been instructed in proceedings before a number of regulators including the General Dental Council, the Care Standards Tribunal and the NCTL (now TRA) where he is particularly experienced.

Daniel also has substantial experience of personal injury litigation and appears in disputes before both the High Court and the County Court. He also undertakes all forms of drafting and advisory work. His advice is particularly sought after in claims arising out of RTAs where there are allegations of contributory negligence and in employer liability claims.

In 2013 Daniel was appointed as a Fee-paid Employment Judge in the East-Midlands Region.


Daniel was awarded two Major Scholarships by the Inner Temple. He was also awarded both the Ashworth Prize and the Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship.

Daniel is also a former scholar of the Arts and Humanities Research Board


Daniel is consistently ranked in Chambers and Partners as a leading barrister. He is also listed as leading barrister in Who's Who Legal 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Chambers & Partners 2021: "He's an advocate who commands the respect and attention of the tribunal." "He's really helpful, good with clients and efficient."

Legal 500 2021: “Very detailed approach and the advice is extremely thorough.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: "He's an astute and very compelling advocate with a lot to offer." "Incredibly good: he's a really client-friendly barrister who is very able to get to the nub of the issue."

Legal 500 2020: "Very thorough, knowledgeable and gives some excellent guidance."

Chambers & Partners 2019: "Has a solid employment and equality law practice and is highly sought after for advice on employment law matters with a regulatory aspect. He is regularly instructed by large employers and significant trade unions." "Insightful and excellent technically. He also has good interpersonal and client relationship skills. Incredibly easy to work with."

Chambers & Partners: "...highly sought after for advice on employment law matters with a regulatory aspect. Straight-talking, no-nonsense barrister who isn't afraid to take on difficult cases.” "Really well prepared and a great advocate.”

Chambers & Partners: "He is great at engaging with the client and is always up for the fight." "He is very, very thorough. You know he is going to be sensible."

Chambers & Partners: "...very thorough in his preparation and has very good cross-examination skills."

Chambers & Partners: "...has excellent legal knowledge, is highly personable and is definitely a preferred counsel. He recently acted for a group of NUT members seeking an injunction from the High Court to lift a disciplinary suspension."

Chambers & Partners: New to the rankings this year is Daniel Dyal, an "intelligent, imaginative and personable" barrister. Sources love his energy and charm and agree he is "a real rising star.”


Fee-paid Employment Judge

Daniel is a member of ELBA, ILS, PIBA and APIL

Former director of the Discrimination Law Association


Daniel is a co-author of the textbook Discrimination in Employment: a claims handbook.

Daniel is also a keen and active blogger on current legal issues.

Daniel has written two important pieces on furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Firstly, a paper on the implications for employment law. Secondly, a paper on inconsistencies between the Treasury Direction and HMRC guidance. Both can be found at Cloisters' coronavirus resource page here: https://www.cloisters.com/coronavirus-resource-page/.

Daniel has lectured widely on holiday pay including to the Employment Lawyers Association and a range of solicitors firms.

Daniel has published several comment pieces on discrimination and whistleblowing in the Discrimination Law Association's Briefings and the Employment Lawyers Association's Briefings.

Daniel has an article on contributory negligence in road traffic accidents forthcoming in the Journal of Personal Injury Law.


The University of Nottingham, BA Hons, Politics: 1st Class

University College London, MA in Legal and Political Theory: Distinction

City University, CPE/GDL

Inns of Court School of Law, BVC: Outstanding



Age discrimination: challenging the mandatory retirement age at the University of Cambridge (acting for the University and Colleges Union).

Holiday pay: acting for employers in mass holiday pay litigation involving hundreds of claimants, both in the ET and the EAT.

Various cases in the sports sector: acted for a claimant in acrimonious litigation against Leeds United Football Club; advised a senior coach at a Premier League Club in relation to whistleblowing; acted for Silverstone Circuit in discrimination and whistleblowing proceedings.

Advised a local authority on proposed strike-action called by a major trade union. Gave tactical advice which resulted in the union calling the strike off.

Advised a major national trade union on strike-action in relation to another bitter industrial dispute.

Acted for a transferee in a TUPE dispute in litigation brought by about 200 claimants. Succeeded ultimately in having the claims struck-out.

Acted for a major national trade union in bitter litigation brought by a former employee who alleged sex discrimination against the General Secretary, Assistant General Secretary and others. Successfully defended the union and its officers following a two week trial and secured a substantial costs award against the claimant.

Appeared successfully at trial in civil proceedings for a Band 1 firm of solicitors alleged to have failed to make reasonable adjustments in the provision of services to a lay-client

Acted for a Lloyd's of London brokerage house and an associated investment company in a complex commercial dispute between those entities and four former (alleged) employees

Advised a major trade union in relation to the judicial review of a Chief Constable, the Disclosure and Barring Service and the Independent Monitor. Succeeded in persuading the Chief Constable to remove adverse information from the client's disclosable data.

Appiah v Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd [2016] All ER (D) 98 (Sep): acting for the successful employer in an appeal that gives guidance on the extent to which tribunals must consider previous warnings in unfair dismissal proceedings.

A v B & C [2013] All ER (D) 220 (Sep): acting for the successful appellant in this important appeal on the admissibility of apparently without prejudice material. The case makes an essential contribution to the concept of 'dispute' in the law of privilege.

Macaulay & ORS v LB Newham [2012] EWHC 4371 (QB): acted for five senior teachers in an application for a High Court injunction to lift a disciplinary suspension and reinstate to duties.

Russo v British Airways [2012] EqLR 987: advised cabin crew in class action discrimination litigation arising out of the withdrawal of travel benefits from strikers.

Ahmed v Metroline Travel [2011] EqLR 464: acting for the successful employer in the EAT in this important disability discrimination claim dealing with the test for disability.

Deman v Equality and Human Rights Commission [2011] EqLR 36: acting for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and 17 others to defend them in what would almost certainly have been the largest and most complex discrimination claim ever brought in the civil courts had the claim not been successfully struck-out. The appeal against strike-out was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Preston v Bedford Borough Council [2011] EqLR 1019: acting for the successful employee in this 10 day disability discrimination trial who was awarded in excess of £77,000 in compensation.

Spencer v Lehman Brothers Ltd (in administration) [2011] EqLR 319: acting in a test discrimination case arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers which tested the boundaries of equality law protection in insolvency situations.

Gavin v EHRC, UKEATPA/0221/10: acting for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and others, both at first instance and on appeal in the EAT, to defend them against multiple discrimination claims brought by a former employee and serial litigant.

Fareham College v Walters [2009] IRLR 991: acting for the successful employee in this important disability discrimination appeal. The decision mitigates many of the obstacles to succeeding in a disability discrimination claim posed by Lewisham v Malcolm.

Dansie v Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police [2009] All ER (D) 117 (Dec): acting at first instance and in the EAT for a police officer in a dress-code sex-discrimination claim.

Ma v Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd [2008] All ER (D) 158 (Dec): acting as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in an appeal that considered the law relating to continuing acts of discrimination.

Acting for an employee in a major whistleblowing claim against a FTSE 100 company. The claim was compromised with a package worth c.£250,000.


Acted as junior counsel to William Latimer-Sayer QC, in a liability disputed catastrophic spinal injury claim. Achieved multi-million pound settlement.

Acting as junior counsel to Simon Dyer QC, in a high-value dispute for a client who suffered complete blindness whilst serving time in prison for murder.

Acting in various road traffic accident claims that involve serious to catastrophic injuries but with allegations of contributory negligence.


Successfully defended a teacher before the NCTL who was accused of inappropriate relationships with students; successfully defended another teacher in a case involving complex allegations of fraud; successfully defended yet another teacher accused of serious sexually motivated misconduct with students.