High Court dismisses first challenge by Windrush victims to compensation scheme - May 2023
David Manknell practises principally in public law, inquests and medical law. He has been described by the Directories as “a powerful intellect, very hardworking, great judgement…”, “a tenacious lawyer and persuasive advocate”, “a meticulous barrister, able and willing to run carefully crafted legal arguments”, “exceptionally bright and hard-working”, “thorough, approachable and very sensible” and “excellent, conscientious and a pleasure to work with”.
He has been a member of the Attorney General’s panels of Counsel since 2006, and the A-Panel since 2015 (reappointed in 2019, and again in 2023).
David is a leading barrister in his practice areas, and has acted in some of the most high-profile, significant and complex cases in those fields. His recent experience has included:
- Representing the Air Accident Investigation Branch in the inquests arising from the two most high profile air accidents in recent years, the Shoreham air crash, and the death of the Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala in a light aircraft.
- Acting for the UK in a claim in the European Court of Human Rights (removal of stateless Palestinians from the UK to camps in Lebanon (HA v UK))
- A central role as Counsel for the RAIB in the inquest into the deaths in the Croydon tram disaster, Britain’s worst tram accident for over 90 years.
- Representing the Parole Board at all levels, including in the Supreme Court in the leading case on Article 5 ECHR and procedural fairness (R(Osborne) v Parole Board).
- Junior Counsel to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the claims about GCHQ surveillance arising from the Edward Snowden leaks (Liberty v GCHQ & Foreign Secretary).
- Counsel in the leading case of the division of responsibility between state-run and privately-run prisons (R(LW) v Sodexo and SSJ)
- Acting for the Home Office in the challenges relating to the accommodation of asylum-seekers in former military barracks (R(NB) v SSHD – Napier Barracks)
- Counsel for the SSHD in the “burka ban” case in the Court of Appeal; on the effect of the French burka ban on removal to France of young Muslims. (R(Baradaran v SSHD)
- Instructed on major Public Inquiries including the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Infected Blood Inquiry, and on major group litigation, including the Kenya Emergency Group (Mau Mau) claims.
- Representing the Home Office in respect of the expedited process operated for young asylum seekers following the closure of the ‘jungle’ camp in Calais (R(Citizens UK v SSHD).
- Appearing in the leading authority on causation in medical negligence (Gregg v Scott)
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Shoreham Air Crash inquests conclude with finding of unlawful killing - Dec 2022
Inquest into the Shoreham Air Crash begins - Dec 2022
David Manknell appointed as Assistant Coroner to London Inner South - May 2022
Emiliano Sala Inquest concludes with Coroner’s warning over illegal flights - Mar 2022
High Court Ruling on Shoreham Air Crash - Feb 2022
David Manknell successful in Court of Appeal over challenge to deportation policy - Nov 2020
Success in Supreme Court of St Helena case for David Manknell - Apr 2020
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Winter 2019/20 – Issue 4 - Mar 2020
David Manknell represents father at inquest into death of mental health campaigner - Feb 2020
Date set for inquest into deaths from the Shoreham Airshow Disaster - Jan 2020
David Manknell and Jo Moore successful in JR challenging Home Office decision-making - Jan 2020
Inquest opens into the death of Alex Malcolm - Sep 2019
Congratulations to David Manknell, Suzanne Lambert, Alasdair Henderson, Natasha Barnes and Paul Reynolds on their appointments to Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel - Jul 2019
David Manknell acts for AAIB in High Court refusal of BBC application for Shoreham cockpit footage - Jan 2019
The Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation is at an end - Nov 2018
Guy Mansfield QC upholds Kenya Emergency Group Litigation judgment in Court of Appeal - Oct 2018
David Manknell and Amelia Walker successful in their defence of the Dubs child refugee scheme - Nov 2017
David Manknell and Amelia Walker successfully defend challenge to the Home Office’s procedures - Sep 2017
David Manknell appears in High Court ruling on the scope of judicial review - Sep 2017
1COR Public Law Seminar – Life, Liberty & Security - Sep 2017
The Times reports on Chambers extremism cases - Jun 2017
Martin Downs in new Radicalisation Judgment about protecting older children and vulnerable adults - Apr 2017
Marina Wheeler QC in Public Interest Immunity & Radicalisation case - Apr 2017
David Manknell wins in Court of Appeal in licence conditions and family separation case - Mar 2017
Profits from the sale of the Inquest Book given to the Bar Pro Bono Unit - Nov 2016
David Manknell in Calais Children Asylum Case - Jan 2016
David Manknell appointed to the A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown - Jul 2015
David Manknell acting for the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in GCHQ surveillance claims - Jul 2014
David Manknell in Court of Appeal win on French burqa ban law - Jul 2014
David Manknell acting in “Edward Snowden” claims, instructed as Counsel to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal - Feb 2014
David Manknell appeared in Supreme Court cases on oral hearings before the Parole Board - Oct 2013
David Manknell in Supreme Court cases on oral hearings before the Parole Board - Apr 2013
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2013 - Feb 2013
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2012 - Feb 2012
New appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels - Mar 2010