Rachel Kapila > Cloth Fair Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Rachel is a sought-after junior in the fields of financial crime (individual and corporate), investigations, and high-profile general crime. “Superbly bright”“calm and focussed”, she is ranked in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading practitioner in these areas, with reviewers highlighting her “formidable legal brain”, her “strong sense of strategy”, her “extraordinary command of facts and details” and her “excellent presence in court”.

Rachel is regularly instructed to act for individual and corporate clients in the most serious and heavyweight white-collar investigations and prosecutions. She has a breadth of experience, with current and past instructions encompassing a wide range of offences, including fraud, bribery and corruption, false accounting, forgery, Revenue offences and money laundering. She acts for clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, from pre-charge advice, including advice in connection with the conduct of corporate internal investigations, to jury trials and appellate work. She also has experience in the conduct of private prosecutions. Rachel’s advice is routinely sought on a wide range of ancillary matters, including privilege, search warrants, restraint, account freezing orders, forfeiture, and confiscation. The cases in which she is instructed frequently involve parallel civil and regulatory proceedings, and raise issues spanning multiple jurisdictions.

The multi-jurisdictional nature of Rachel’s practice is complemented by her expertise in extradition and mutual legal assistance. She is recognised in the directories as “a go-to junior for extradition matters”, and is regularly instructed in high profile extradition proceedings, particularly proceedings with a financial crime context. She also has a substantial advisory practice in this area, advising clients in connection with anticipated extradition requests, Interpol notices and MLA requests.

Outside the field of financial crime, Rachel’s notable instructions include acting for a senior News of the World journalist charged with phone hacking, and defending an election agent accused, alongside a Conservative MP, of submitting false election expenses returns following the 2015 General Election.  Rachel is one of very few juniors with particular expertise in criminal proceedings arising out of alleged breaches of electoral law.

Rachel also has niche practices in sporting and gambling regulation. “She has become a go-to in the online gambling world.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)


Current and recent instructions include:

  • Representing a defendant charged by the SFO with fraud offences in connection with the activities of Balli Group Plc and Balli Steel Plc.
  • Advising a prominent property developer in relation to a police investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption, and an associated challenge to search warrants.
  • Advising a corporate client in connection with internal, SFO and DOJ investigations into allegations of historic multi-jurisdictional bribery, associated with the activities of Unaoil.
  • Representing a professional sportsman charged with offences of sexual assault, common assault and being drunk on an aircraft.
  • Advising the responsible person for Vote Leave in connection with the Metropolitan Police investigation into electoral offences alleged to have been committed during the 2016 EU Referendum campaign.
  • Acting for the US Government in extradition proceedings arising out of the ‘HP Autonomy’ case.
  • Representing a former hedge fund executive, charged with defrauding a Libyan sovereign wealth fund.
  • Acting for the US Government in extradition proceedings arising out of the collapse of the Abraaj Group, the world’s largest private equity insolvency.
  • Advising the operators of a prominent Mayfair casino in connection with a change of corporate control application under s.102, Gambling Act 2005.
  • Acting for the Governor of the Falkland Islands in proceedings arising out of the first two extradition requests issued by that territory to the United Kingdom.
  • Advising the Attorney General of another British Overseas Territory in relation to a high-profile criminal prosecution within that territory, and associated extradition proceedings.
  • Advising a leading online gambling operator in connection with its post-regulatory settlement reporting to the Gambling Commission.
  • Representing the former CEO of a multinational travel company accused of conspiracy to cheat the Revenue in connection with a film investment partnership.
  • Representing an election agent accused of forgery and knowingly making a false declaration on an election expenses return.
  • Acting for an online casino in a Gambling Commission licence review arising out of breaches of conditions relating to anti-money laundering and failure to comply with social responsibility codes.
  • Advising the subject of a European Investigation Order, issued in the context of a high-profile murder investigation.



Called to the Bar – 2006


BA Hons (Oxon) – Jurisprudence (Law)

Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law and Practice (BASL/DMU) (Distinction, 1st in the year)

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding, 1st in the year)

Senior Scarman Scholarship

British Academy of Forensic Sciences Prize

Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize (Middle Temple)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Elections

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rachel Kapila – Cloth Fair Chambers

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Rachel Kapila – Cloth Fair ChambersRachel is hard-working. Very effective.’ 

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rachel KapilaCloth Fair ChambersIncredibly hard-working, very bright and an absolute pleasure to work with. Combines a fierce intellect with a prodigious capacity for work, mastering complex and heaving paper-based matters in remarkably short time-frames, all the while instilling confidence in her lay and professional clients.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rachel KapilaCloth Fair Chambers ‘Rachel is a hugely intelligent barrister.’