I am a Partner in the Medical Negligence team in Birmingham. I specialise in a range of medical law work including cases against hospitals, GPs and other health professionals. I have dealt with numerous cases involving children and mothers injured at birth and have also handled many fatal cases in which I represent family members at coroner's inquests. My team also specialise in representing the families of mental health patients where there are questions regarding the quality of care provided. Throughout the past 12 months I have recovered in excess of £8 million in damages for clients injured through medical accidents.
In addition I lead a team in the Birmingham office which specialises in child abuse cases. I represent individuals who have experienced sexual and physical abuse and neglect. I have acted for clients in cases against local authorities, schools, religious organisations and children’s homes.
I was the first lawyer in the country to recover in excess of £1m in damages for a family in a claim against their local authority for failing to remove them in to care and I was named the Birmingham Law Society Solicitor of the Year for my work in the field of child abuse.
"One of the largest teams in the country dealing with claims arising out of child sexual abuse and neglect. Luke Daniels and Tom Fletcher are very able and have considerable experience in the field." - Legal 500, 2023
"Luke Daniels - head of department – the complete package – supremely able, fights hard, great tactical skills, fantastic manner with clients, achieves results. A complete star." - Legal 500, 2023
"Luke Daniels is one of the smartest and most pragmatic lawyers that I work with. A real problem solver who is highly respected." - Legal 500, 2022 (Leading Individual)
"He combines enormous experience in this area with great charm, unflappability and incisive understanding... Luke has a really nice manner with clients and is excellent at putting them at ease." - Chambers & Partners, 2022 (Leading Individual - band 2)
"Luke Daniels is extremely able, bright, thorough, really cares for his clients and fights hard to get them the best result he can. Instils those same virtues into the rest of his team." – Legal 500, 2021 (Leading Individual)
"He has excellent judgement, is personable and combines efficiency with good tactical awareness in a case... If there are any issues in a case he is onto them, and is very supportive." – Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Leading Individual – Band 2)
He is 'very conscientious and emotionally intelligent' and 'incredibly knowledgeable and experienced.' – Chambers & Partners, 2020
"Excellent judgement" - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"Completely un-phased by very difficult, complicated and high value cases" - Legal 500, 2018/19
Luke Daniels is praised for his "very calm and unflappable" approach. He is described as a "superb" personal injury solicitor and interviewees are impressed by "his leadership and work ethic." – Chambers & Partners, 2018
"Exceptionally caring" lawyer who has "good relationships with clients." "One of the most able solicitors I have ever come across in the profession." – Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Extremely helpful and thorough team. Their level of expertise and professionalism far exceeded my expectations." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I was really pleased that we selected Irwin Mitchell as the legal team to act on my sons behalf. From the initial involvement of Irwin Mitchell in early 2016 through to the successful completion of my sons case in March 2021, the support, professionalism and care that they demonstrated to my son was exemplary.
The treatment and support received by the legal team to my son and family was always there, and they became like an extension of our family. I would like to mention our personal thanks to Luke Daniels, who has been there for my son throughout this long and at times difficult period.
Luke and his legal team are a credit to Irwin Mitchell, and I would certainly recommend Irwin Mitchell and Luke to act on anyone’s behalf, they will show incredible support and be there for you through to completion." - 5* Trustpilot review
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
Although I hugely enjoyed my law degree I must admit to finding some of the more academic parts of it quite hard going and I was worried that in practice I might not have the opportunity to work closely with real people and make a real difference to their lives. I was anxious a career in law might see me buried in paperwork hardly coming up for air! After leaving university I took up a position as a Paralegal working at Irwin Mitchell so that I could get some first hand experience of what was involved and realised I could not have been more wrong.
I was so impressed with the immensely talented, committed and down to earth lawyers and so excited at the chance that we had to help clients in the most difficult situations put their lives back together. The Irwin Mitchell approach was unique in my experience and I made up my mind very quickly that this was the career I wanted.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
The privilege to get to know and work for so many brave and inspirational clients. I really enjoy working with my clients to find out exactly what they want to achieve and to then work with them to get to that solution in the way that best works for them.
What Do You Like About Working For Irwin Mitchell?
The spectacularly talented and genuine people that I work with who help us deliver a personal and professional service to our clients every day.
What Do You Do Outside Of The Office?
Away from the office I try to keep up with my family and friends as best I can and I am slowly working on ticking off my travel destination wish list!