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What the Directories say

2002/03
“Team player” “Extremely able but wears it lightly” (C&P planning)

2003/04
“rapidly growing profile” (C&P local government); “
“unbelievably mature intellect as well as possessing the common touch” (C&P planning)

2005
“Accomplished and pleasant to work with” “known for his High Court challenges” (C&P planning)
“extremely helpful and bright” “building a varied public law practice” (C&P public law),
“absolutely superb” “ability to handle highly complex and technical cases coupled with a pleasant, capable manner” “favourite with solicitors” (C&P local government)

2006
“truly excellent” “brilliant advocate” (C&P public law)
“a delight to work with”, “clients appreciate his accomplished manner in the courtroom” (C&P planning)
“high flyer”; “good with clients and does not miss a trick” (C&P local government)

2007 
“an excellent advocate” “really a pleasure to work with” (C&P public law)
“wildly intelligent” “high flyer” (C&P local government)
“incredibly thorough and astute” “juggles inquiry and court appearances” (C&P planning)

2008 
“practice involves acting for all sides in judicial review proceedings” (C&P public law)
“an incredible intellect and judgement to match” “without a doubt, the man you want if you have a tricky case” (C&P local government)
“a sharp and switched on team player who is incredibly reliable” (C&P planning)

2009 
admired for “never giving up and working incredibly hard to find the killer point in any case.” A talented advocate, he is respected for his “formidable intellect and nice manner in court.” (C&P public)
“A veritable star of the local government scene “a good example of this set’s talented juniors”. His practice focuses on planning but he also advises on a range of other matters including local government reorganisation, finance and vires, rating and social security (C&P local government)
“thorough and responsive” “highly regarded for his public law expertise” (C&P planning).

2010
“combines tenacity and a winning mentality with a pleasant manner, and his areas of expertise include planning and local government”. (C&P  public)
“Although the set is primarily recognised for its dominance in planning it has a number of extremely able barristers who take on a variety of local government work. The "very thorough" Daniel Kolinsky is one such name”; “ He is highly sought after “ (C&P Local Government)
"incredibly bright and thorough with a great sense of humour - he's doing very strong work at the set."  (C&P planning)
Ranked in Legal 500 for administrative law, planning and environment – described as “bright and articulate advocate and draftsman”

2011
“The "clever and meticulous" Dan Kolinsky has a busy public law practice alongside his mainstream planning and environment practice” (C&P public).
“extremely bright and a joy to work with” ”commended for his work on rating, planning inquiries and planning and environmental judicial reviews. (C&P local government)
Known for “rolling his sleeves up and getting on with it"  (C&P planning)
Ranked in Legal 500 for administrative law, planning and environment, comments: “quite frankly is excellent. It is the lack of airs and graces, and the fact that he is so down to earth that makes him a pleasure to work with”.

2012
“Standout junior” with “enviable reputation for his local government and general public law work”; "brilliant to deal with," sources highlight his "ability to cut through the detail and get to the heart of a case" "thorough and reliable in all he does." (Chambers and Partners 2012 – local government)
“great potential” "A fine performer with excellent judgement," (Chambers and Partners 2012 – planning)
“ regularly undertakes judicial review work, acting for claimants, local and central government, and pressure groups” (Chambers and Partners 2012 – public law).

2013
“"a first port of call" for "heavyweight," high-value matters in planning” (Chambers and Partners 2013 – local government)
“a junior of choice, "particularly for a planning judicial review."” (Chambers and Partners 2013 – public law)
“"very bright"  “a favourite of solicitors due to his "straightforward, down-to-earth approach."”  (Chambers and Partners 2013; planning)

2014
“very thorough and deals with difficult cases with good humour” (Chambers and Partners 2014 for  local government and administrative law)
“He is highly intelligent, diligent, helpful and reliable” (Chambers and Partners 2014, planning).
“bright and approachable” ; a “standout” junior (Legal 500; public law)

2015
“He relates to clients really well. He explains what is going to happen and what it means for them. In court he is very persuasive.” (Chambers and Partners (2015) Admin and Public Law)
“Straightforward, very thorough and someone who takes a very sensible and logical approach." "Has an ability to think on his feet, combined with great judgement." (Chambers and Partners (2015) Local Government)
"He is always totally prepared, gives commercially astute and succinct advice, and can always be relied on. Clients love him." "His pleadings, advocacy and opinions are of exceptional quality. He is a real team player, and a firm favourite of clients and instructing solicitors who favour pragmatic solutions." (Chambers and Partners (2015) Planning)
“Provides very well thought out and helpful advice.” (2015 Legal 500 – Administrative Law)
“Adept at getting to the nub of an issue.” (2015 Legal 500 – Environment)
“An extremely versatile lawyer.” (2015 Legal 500 – Planning)

2016
“enthusiastic, down-to-earth and a forceful advocate." "fantastic grip of the detail” “client-friendly approach (Chambers and Partners 2016 administrative and public law)
"very hands-on approach” “dealt with technical matters in a very clear and concise way”. “very composed and authoritative” “very good to work with." (Chambers and Partners 2016, local government)
“very good at thinking on his feet." "very approachable, constructive and pleasant to deal with." (Chambers and Partners 2016, planning)
‘Intellectually strong and very user-friendly” (recommended in Legal 500 for Administrative (including Local Government), Planning and Environment)

2017
“A brilliant advocate who is assertive in court without coming across as difficult. He is extremely approachable and very down-to-earth”.
"Exceptionally talented advocate and a master of detail. He is extremely practical and works exceptionally well with retail clients. His unfussy and clear approach is appreciated by clients and those instructing in equal measure." (Chambers and Partners; 2017 planning)
"He is very personable, efficient and, in terms of drafting, he delivers very quickly." "He is reliable and has a good rapport with clients." (Chambers and Partners; 2017 local government)  “Considerably experienced in High Court planning disputes.” (Legal 500; planning)