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Daniel Matovu

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Practice Overview

Daniel is highly regarded as an impressive courtroom advocate. His style and approach inspire great confidence in clients, and makes them feel very well supported. He is an intellectually strong, versatile and committed trial fighter.

His main specialist practice area is employment and employment-related fields. He acts for claimants and respondents: NHS Trusts, local authorities, major blue chip companies, professional firms and small businesses including charitable organisations as well as private individuals. He further assists as an advocate at the Employment Appeal Tribunal under the ELAAS scheme and leads equality and diversity training sessions for the Bar and Inns of Court.

He has considerable experience of personal injury litigation including industrial disease, and health and safety prosecutions which complement his employment practice, with a niche specialism in cases involving negligent dispensing errors.

He has successfully represented clients in professional disciplinary hearings (GMC and HPC), and regularly sits on (and occasionally chairs) ICC panels.

Typical comments from clients include: “your focus and support throughout this case and the last has been exceptional and your grasp of the case and presentation to the tribunal has ensured that we achieved a positive outcome.”

He accepts work on a direct access basis.


Daniel enjoys a good reputation especially for strong advocacy and good client handling skills, commended by the Court of Appeal for his “impressive advocacy” and “excellent arguments”.

He has vast experience of a broad range of work in the employment field: unfair dismissal (express or constructive); unlawful discrimination (direct/indirect); all forms of disability discrimination (including dyslexic pupils in schools); harassment; victimisation; whistleblowing; unlawful deduction of wages; collective redundancy; transfer of undertakings, trade union membership/activities; working time; national minimum wage; holiday pay; bonuses; High Court injunctions regarding confidential information and enforcing restrictive covenants; breach of contract; equal pay.

Daniel has acted for a wide range of clients, predominantly respondents, in different sectors, such as railways (British Rail pre privatisation as well as several private rail companies post privatisation); airlines (Air 2000/First Choice); retail (John Lewis Partnership; health (several NHS Trusts and nursing care homes); local government (several local authorities); professional (law, patent attorney and accountancy firms); small businesses and charities.

He has also acted successfully for a number of individuals, particularly under the Bar Public Access Scheme, such as consultant neurologist, senior investment banking analyst, group marketing director and senior care worker; also for an NHS Trust medical director and manager of a golf club both sued in their personal capacities in high profile cases.

He has often been instructed in cases raising novel or difficult points.

Personal Injury

Daniel commenced his career at the Bar with a mixed civil and criminal practice (prosecuting and defending). When he gave up criminal work to specialise in civil work he continued to undertake health and safety prosecutions which naturally complemented his personal injury and employment practice. He undertakes personal injury work in relation to road traffic (including MIB claims) and industrial accidents, as well as industrial disease (asbestos exposure cases) and stress/ bullying and harassment claims.


Notable cases include successfully representing a paediatrician convicted of drink driving for which he received a custodial sentence due to devastating consequences for victim (left permanently paralysed from neck down) before GMC Fitness to Practise hearing (2011); successfully representing a hearing aid dispenser who had forged the signatures of seven elderly and vulnerable clients before the HPC Conduct & Competence Committee (2012), achieving the rare result that his client’s fitness to practise was not even found to be impaired and no sanction was imposed.

Additionally, Daniel regularly sits on (occasionally chairing) ICC panels concerning serious misconduct cases referred by the Inns and adjudicating on fitness to practise at the Bar.

Negligent dispensing errors

Daniel was initially asked to advise on the employment relationship between a locum pharmacist and pharmacy which has led to him being instructed to appear and advise in a number of negligent dispensing error cases.