“A star in the medical ethics and law firmament”

Medical Ethicist // Barrister // Mediator // Keynote Speaker

Daniel Sokol is a medical ethicist, accredited mediator and barrister specialising in clinical negligence at 12 King’s Bench Walk Chambers, London. He is an award-winning columnist for the British Medical Journal (‘Ethics Man’) and the author of 3 books on medical ethics and law.  His latest book, ‘Tough Choices: Stories from the Front Line of Medical Ethics‘ (October 2018), has been lauded by bestselling neurosurgeon Henry Marsh as ‘a wonderfully lucid account, full of quiet common sense.  All doctors would benefit from reading this book.’  It has recently been translated into Russian.

Sokol is Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Service Research Ethics Committee and has sat on committees for the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice, and the Royal College of Surgeons. He is the current President of the Osler Club of London. In 2007, he founded Imperial College’s Applied Clinical Ethics course which he has delivered both in the UK and Hong Kong.  He has conducted advisory work, training, conference moderation, and after-dinner speaking for leading companies and charities, and lectures in the UK and internationally on medical ethics and law.

In his work as a barrister, Sokol is recommended as a “Leading Junior” (i.e., a barrister who is not a KC) by the Legal 500 (2024), where he is described as “extraordinarily bright and a highly effective litigator. He has sound judgement and good commercial awareness. He is a singularly impressive lawyer who punches well above his level of call.”.

He is available as an expert in clinical ethics for legal reports and can provide bespoke one-to-one or group training (including remedial ethics training) for doctors and other health care professionals.

Follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielSokol9

In Print


a magnificent guide to clinical ethics and reflects the author’s very well known and widely respected academic gravitas and real life experience in clinical ethics.” Mr Vassilios Papalois, Chair, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Clinical Ethics Committee, UK.



“A thoughtful book, full of good ideas and sound advice” Lady Arden, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

In the Media

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