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 strategic mindset, her “forensic eye for detail” and her formidable work ethic.

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 recognised expertise in extradition and mutual legal assistance. She is regarded as a leading junior in this field, 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.

Recent & current cases

  • Currently instructed by a corporate client in connection with a high profile SFO investigation into allegations of historic multi-jurisdictional bribery.
  • Currently instructed 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.
  • Currently advising the Attorney General of another British Overseas Territory in connection with a high-profile criminal prosecution within that territory, and associated extradition proceedings.
  • Currently advising a Chinese national subject to an Account Freezing Order.
  • Represented former CEO of a multinational travel company accused of conspiracy to cheat the Revenue in connection with a film investment partnership.
  • Represented an election agent accused of forgery and knowingly making a false declaration on an election expenses return. Client was acquitted of all charges at trial.
  • Acted 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.
  • Advised the subject of a European Investigation Order, issued in the context of a high-profile murder investigation.
  • Represented former managing director of FH Bertling Ltd, charged by the SFO with conspiracy to make corrupt payments to an agent of the Angolan state oil company. Client was acquitted at trial.
  • Acted for defendants in the first Gambling Commission prosecution concerning virtual currencies and social gaming on the internet (the ‘FUT Galaxy’ case).
  • Represented first defendant in a £40 million excise and VAT fraud, including a preparatory hearing appeal on a novel point of law concerning the application of the ne bis in idem principle under Article 54 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen


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 > Set overviews: England and Wales

Among the best for business and regulatory crime’, the ‘powerhouseCloth Fair Chambers remains the ‘go-to’ set for the most complex financial crime matters. The ‘high-calibre’ counsel are ‘without exception extremely hardworking, great with clients and solicitors, highly intelligent, committed, and have a huge depth of experience’. Instructing solicitors welcome the addition of new junior tenants to chambers, including, most recently, Rachel Kapila and Aaron Watkins from Three Raymond Buildings and Matrix Chambers respectively. Integral to the set’s success is the ‘endeavour of excellent’ clerks Adrian Chapman and Mark O’Neill, who are described as ‘commercially minded, efficient, and eternally patient, this duo are widely known and respected throughout the solicitors’ profession; they can always be counted on when exigency strikes’. Sarah Finlayson is chambers manager. In recent news, Nick Newman, former senior clerk from the creation of chambers until his retirement in 2016, sadly passed in May 2019. Offices in: London

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Rachel KapilaCloth Fair ChambersHer work ethic is second to none.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Rachel KapilaCloth Fair ChambersA no-nonsense junior; judges love her.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Rachel KapilaCloth Fair ChambersShe has a razor-sharp mind.