Rachel Kapila is an experienced criminal, licensing and regulatory practitioner, with a developing practice in sporting disciplinary cases.
Kapila’s criminal practice encompasses a wide range of prosecution and defence work. In addition to conducting criminal trials, both as a lead junior and alone, she has appeared in the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.
She is developing a particular expertise in fraud and financial crime, having appeared as a lead junior in several large and complex fraud cases during the last two years.
Kapila has substantial experience in extradition law, having acted for both requesting states/judicial authorities and for defendants, in proceedings under Part 1 and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003. She is also regularly instructed to draft extradition requests.
Regularly advising and acting for operators of licensed premises, local authorities and interested parties in proceedings under the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005, she also has experience in related fields such as child performance/stage licensing, street trading, taxi licensing and public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner.
Her 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. Kapila also acts for the Security Industry Authority in prosecutions under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Inquests form a significant part of Kapila’s practice, particularly those involving investigations into the actions of the police. She is experienced in representing individual police officers in criminal proceedings and at misconduct hearings. She also regularly advises and acts for police forces in licensing matters.
Kapila has a growing sports law practice and recently completed a postgraduate qualification in this field. She welcomes instructions on behalf of athletes and governing bodies in sporting disciplinary and anti-doping cases.
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