Daniel Grütters

Call: 2017dmg@onepumpcourt.co.uk

Specialist in

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Experience

Daniel is a public and civil law practitioner. He specialises in immigration, asylum, human rights, and housing law. Daniel has a background in and further expertise in public international law. He has been praised for his approachability and good rapport with clients, as well as his persuasive advocacy and solid understanding of the law.

Daniel is regularly instructed to appear in the First-tier Tribunal in complex immigration, asylum, human rights and deportation appeals, as well as in the Upper Tribunal on substantive and error of law appeals. Led by Allan Briddock, he was instructed in R (L) v SSHD [2020] UKUT 267 (IAC), in which the Upper Tribunal, chaired by Mr Justice Lane, ordered the Home Office to pay for and facilitate the return to the UK of a man who was removed to Nigeria. Daniel has a special interest in cases involving issues relating to terrorism and national security, including those before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

Daniel has experience in a range of public law and human rights matters. He has worked across all stages of judicial review proceedings, including urgent applications for interim relief. Daniel has a particular interest in civil claims involving public law elements, such as unlawful imprisonment. He has secured relief for numerous clients in human rights claims against the Metropolitan Police.

Daniel’s practice covers all areas of housing law, including possession claims, injunctions and unlawful eviction claims. He has particular experience in homelessness appeals pursuant to s.204 of the Housing Act 1996, including on the novel provisions of the ‘relief duty’ under s.189A and s.189B of the 1996 Act.

Daniel accepts instructions in inquests and inquiries. He has a special interest in inquests involving police and prisons. Daniel is a member of the INQUEST Lawyers Group and regularly appears as pro bono counsel in inquests for families of limited means who are ineligible for legal aid.

Daniel has specific expertise in public and private international law. He has experience as junior counsel in international commercial arbitrations and has a special interest in disputes involving the UN Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. He has been instructed by various organisations to draft amicus curiae briefs on international legal matters. For example, Daniel was recently instructed by the AIRE Centre, ILGA Europe, FIDH, the Centre for Reproductive Rights and TGEU to draft an amicus curiae brief on international human rights law for the Romanian Constitutional Court.

Before moving to the Bar, Daniel was an International Law Adviser at the British Red Cross, where he provided strategic expert advice on public international law, with a focus on international humanitarian law. Through his role, Daniel gained experience and expertise in modern slavery, refugee and human rights law, as well as compliance with counter-terrorism measures.

Daniel’s experience further includes legal roles at Hackney Community Law Centre – where he worked on housing and immigration matters – and the Dialogue Advisory Group, a specialist conflict mediation NGO where he worked with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He also developed expertise by working with Steven Kay QC at the International Law Group at 9 Bedford Row International, and as a human rights monitor in police stations in Accra, Ghana.

Daniel has volunteered in the past with Hackney Migrant Centre, the School Exclusion Project and as an Appropriate Adult with Croydon Voluntary Action in the Croydon Custody Suit. He continues to advise the Red Cross in a voluntary capacity and is a trustee of English for Action London, a charity that provides ESOL courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for adult migrants in communities across London.

Education

Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School;
LLM Public International Law, Leiden University;
GDL, University of Birmingham; and
BSc (Joint Hon.) Economics and Political Science, University of Birmingham.

 

Professional Memberships

Administrative Law Bar Association
Housing Law Practitioners Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Immigration Law Practitioners Association
INQUEST
Middle Temple
Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Awards

Middle Temple Colombos Public International Law Essay Prize.
Middle Temple Jules Thorn Scholar at City Law School.
UWC the Netherlands National IB Scholar at Waterford Kamhlaba.