Rachel Darby is a highly regarded advocate with a multi disciplinary practice specialising in serious and complex crime and employment. As leading, led and sole junior, she is known for her meticulous preparation, her ability to engage quickly with clients, and tenacious advocacy. She is a skilled tactician, able to promptly cut to the essential issues in a case and how they will present at court.
Rachel sits as a panel member on the Inns Conduct Committee.
She is qualified to take instructions through Direct Access.
Rachel’s practice incorporates the full spectrum of complex crime, white collar fraud and regulatory matters. She is regularly instructed in sophisticated, document-heavy frauds requiring rigorous analysis and attention to detail. Rachel has particular expertise in high value and complex confiscation proceedings.
Rachel’s practice encompasses serious organised and grave crime including murder and other violent offences, drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering, sexual offences and child cruelty. Many of her cases involve complex expert evidence and cross-examination of young and/or vulnerable witnesses. She has been involved in a number of cases requiring the use intermediaries for both witnesses and defendants. Alongside her complex fraud practice, she is experienced in all areas of cash seizure, restraint, confiscation and asset recovery in both the Crown and High Court. She is additionally instructed in appellate work, and is experienced in the complimentary fields of mental health law and civil actions against the police.
She is a formidable advocate, with a direct approach on behalf of her clients, and an exceptional understanding of human psychology.
Rachel acts for both individual employees and companies in all areas of employment law, including discrimination of all types, victimisation, unfair and wrongful dismissal, redundancy, breach of contract, TUPE, restrictive covenants, equal pay and working time regulations.
She has particular expertise in cases involving Article 8 and the Right to Private Life, especially the growing phenomenon of social media and its impact within the legal workplace. Her dual criminal practice further offers invaluable experience in cases involving misconduct outside the workplace.
Rachel additionally specialises in whistleblowing cases, and acts as a volunteer for Public Concern at Work.