Details of practice

Rachel is an experienced and well-respected practitioner, who specialises in Financial Crime, Extradition and Licensing.

Financial and Corporate Crime:

Rachel’s criminal practice has a particular emphasis on fraud, financial crime and corruption. She is regularly instructed to represent individual and corporate clients in high profile, serious and complex criminal investigations and proceedings. Her practice encompasses both jury trials and confidential advisory work at the investigation stage, including advice in connection with the conduct of corporate internal investigations.

The cases in which she is instructed frequently involve issues spanning several jurisdictions.  Her practice in this field is complemented by her extensive experience in extradition and mutual legal assistance.

Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance:

Rachel is a leading junior in the extradition field, having acted for both requesting states/judicial authorities and for defendants, in numerous cases under Part 1 and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003. She is also regularly instructed to draft extradition requests.

Advisory work forms a significant part of Rachel’s extradition practice, and includes advice in connection with anticipated extradition proceedings, Interpol Notices, and requests for mutual legal assistance (including the European Investigation Order).

Many of the extradition cases in which Rachel is involved have a fraud or financial criminal context. Others span the full range of serious criminal offences, including murder, organised crime, serious sexual offences and crimes against humanity. Notable cases include the Rwanda extradition proceedings: Rachel was instructed for one of five defendants whose extradition was sought by the Rwandan Government in connection with allegations of participation in the 1994 Genocide. The Rwanda case is one of the most complex and long-running cases to have come before the extradition courts.  Rachel also has particular expertise in extradition requests to and from the British Overseas Territories, under the Extradition Act 2003 (Overseas Territories) Order 2016.

Licensing and Regulatory Law:

Rachel regularly advises and acts for operators, local authorities and interested parties in proceedings under the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005. She also has experience in related fields, including child performance/stage licensing, street trading, taxi licensing, and Public Inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner. Her licensing practice includes associated judicial review proceedings.

Rachel’s criminal practice encompasses a wide range of regulatory enforcement. She has acted for clients in proceedings arising out of a variety of regulatory regimes, including health and safety, food safety and fire safety prosecutions. Rachel also acts for the Security Industry Authority in prosecutions under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Sports law:

Rachel has a postgraduate qualification in sports law, and has a particular interest in corruption in the sporting context. She is a member of the British Swimming Appeal Panel.

Directory recommendations

‘An extremely high-quality fraud junior with an exceptional capacity for work.’ ‘She has a forensic eye for detail’ ‘[She] can handle vast amounts of detail and is reliable and responsive. ’ Chambers UK 2019: Financial Crime 

‘She is really good with clients’ ‘Extremely bright, hard-working and a very effective advocate.’ ‘She’s very good on knotty technical points.’ Chambers UK 2019: Extradition

‘Has a great background and a solid grounding in the industry.’ ‘She is user-friendly and acts well for the trade in last-minute cases, displaying pragmatism at all times.’ Chambers UK 2019: Licensing

‘Very intelligent, calm and focussed.’ The Legal 500 2019: Fraud (Crime)

‘A first-rate junior who is very good with clients.’ The Legal 500 2019: International Crime and Extradition

‘She instils confidence’ The Legal 500 2019: Licensing

Recognised in Who’s Who Legal 2018 as a leading practitioner in the fields of Fraud (Criminal) and Investigations.

An “excellent” junior experienced at prosecuting and defending a broad range of extradition cases. Interviewees highlight her ability to “judge a tribunal” and to “take arguments that are measured and realistic.” “Extremely clever and quick” “very strategic”’ Chambers UK 2018: Extradition

‘She’s sharp as a tack and really gets to the point very quickly.’ Chambers UK 2018: Licensing

‘Instructed by the CPS and defendants in challenging extraditions.’
The Legal 500 2017: International Crime and Extradition

‘Fantastic on her feet.’ The Legal 500 2017: Licensing

‘Attracts prestigious clients from the security, retail and restaurant sectors. Clients hold her in high regard and note that she has in-depth knowledge of the full scope of licensing law matters.’ ‘She is superbly bright, tenacious and willing to go the extra mile for her clients.’
Chambers UK 2017: Licensing

‘She is clever and comes up with some interesting and novel approaches to cases.’ ’She is a most experienced practitioner.’ Chambers UK 2016: Extradition

’She is very good at fighting the client’s corner.’   ’She is outstanding and will go far.’
Chambers UK 2016: Licensing

Extremely knowledgeable, helpful and able.’ The Legal 500 2015: Licensing

‘She is extremely bright and charming but when you are at court you tend to have a tough time if you are against her because she is extremely sharp-witted.’ Chambers UK 2015: Extradition

‘She shows meticulous attention to detail.’ ‘She leaves no stone unturned and is a reliable pair of hands for difficult cases.’ ‘A determined advocate in court.’ Chambers UK 2015: Licensing

Education/professional qualifications

BA Hons (Oxon) – Jurisprudence (Law)
Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law and Practice (BASL/DMU) (Distinction, 1st in the year)
Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding, 1st in the year)
Senior Scarman Scholarship
British Academy of Forensic Sciences Prize
Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize (Middle Temple)


British Swimming Appeal Panel (2012)

Other information

Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Criminal Bar Association
Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF)
Extradition Lawyers’ Association
Private Prosecutors’ Association

Direct access

Rachel Kapila is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to her. In addition, she welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

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