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Senior Practice Manager

Danny is the Senior Practice Manager for the Senior Juniors team.

Danny began his career in 1987 and joined Wilberforce in 1988 as a Junior Clerk. During his time in Chambers, he has clerked the likes of Lord Etherton (formerly the Master of the Rolls), Sir Nicholas Warren (formerly Mr Justice Warren) and Lord Justice Nugee.

With over 30 years’ experience, Danny is a highly skilled Practice Manager and is responsible for the Senior Juniors’ practices. This involves the management of diaries, acceptance and distribution of work, fee negotiation and management of client relationships, both in the UK and offshore. Danny provides a professional, reliable and personal service to all our solicitors and clients and is happy to advise on the type of expertise and experience required for a particular case.

Danny has knowledge of the practices of all our members across our wider practice areas and is happy to talk to anyone who would like to know more information about how we can help.

The Legal 500 (2022) describes Danny as  “really excellent, patient and responsive. Fraser Geddes and Danny Smillie in particular have gone out of their way to assist as much as possible.” 

The Legal 500 (2021) highlights Danny as follows:

‘Best clerking I know. Danny Smillie stands out.’

‘Excellent. The clerks are a pleasure to deal with. I have dealt in particular with Danny Smillie and Conor Michaels who are extremely responsive and take ownership of questions and issues that arise.’

The Legal 500 (2020) says Danny Smillie is ‘excellent, and goes the extra mile‘.

The Legal 500 (2017) says Danny Smillie is ‘first class’.

The Legal 500 (2016) says Danny Smillie ‘is always responsive and friendly’