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Darryl’s practice focuses primarily on employment and discrimination law and on public & human rights law. He also advises and appears in actions against the police and media & information law.

Darryl is often instructed by legally aided and trade union-supported clients and believes that it is imperative that people without significant means have access to high quality legal representation.

  • Employment and discrimination law

    In the field of employment law Darryl is regularly instructed as sole counsel for appeals, multi-day trials and preliminary hearings in claims spanning the full range of employment litigation, from discrimination and whistleblowing to breach of contract and trade union detriment. He is regularly instructed (both led and as sole counsel) in group litigation supported by leading UK trade unions. He has specific expertise and experience of appearing in employment cases which raise conflict of laws, human rights and privacy issues.

    He is also regularly instructed in County Court discrimination litigation, raising novel issues under the Equality Act 2010, and in public law claims raising issues under Article 14 ECHR (see below).

  • Public law

    Darryl has an equally active (and sometimes overlapping) practice in public law, being frequently instructed both led and as sole counsel in judicial review proceedings.

    Darryl’s areas of particular expertise include claims on behalf of prisoners, on behalf of disabled and other students in the context of education, on behalf of social security recipients and in claims involving “public interest” challenges relating to government policies which affect large numbers of people in society. As examples of notable cases in which Darryl has recently been instructed:

    • A judicial review challenge to the Welsh Government’s proposals to re-open schools in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic
    • R (ZB) v Royal Parks – A judicial review challenge brought by a trade union member relating to disparities in pay between outsourced, predominantly black employees and in-house predominantly white employees
    • R (AB and another) v SSWP – Judicial review proceedings on behalf of a group of severely disabled claimants challenging the discriminatory reduction of their social security support as a result of their “migration” to Universal Credit
    • R (NUJ and another) v HM Treasury – Judicial review proceedings on behalf of a prominent trade union and members challenging the exclusion of freelance workers from the Government’s key Coronavirus support scheme for self-employed people
    • R (K) v Student Finance England – A Judicial review challenge to the discriminatory refusal of student support to a recipient of Humanitarian Protection
    • Several discrete claims by Universal Credit claimants denied Coronavirus-related increases to Universal Credit entitlements as a result of the benefit cap
    • Several judicial review challenges on behalf of detainees challenging the Parole Board, prisons and/or the Secretary of State for Justice in relation to their treatment, conditions and progression in detention
  • Human Rights Law

    Darryl advises and appears in a wide range of cases raising issues under the Human Rights Act 1998, the European Convention on Human Rights and other international human rights instruments.

    Darryl was part of the counsel team (led by Phillippa Kaufmann QC) in long-running High Court litigation brought by a group of Iraqi civilians against the Ministry of Defence, alleging that they were tortured and subjected to other human rights abuses in prisons and other detention sites in Iraq during the occupation of that country by British and American forces. The proceedings raised complex issues about the application of foreign law, the doctrine of Crown act of state, and the application of the closed material procedure regime in the Justice and Security Act 2013 (see the judgment of Leggatt J at XYZ and ors v Ministry of Defence [2017] EWHC 547 (QB)).

    More generally, Darryl is regularly instructed in High Court and County Court proceedings involving claims under the HRA 1998. By way of some examples of cases in which Darryl is or has recently been instructed:

    • Darryl is currently representing claimants in various civil claims raising issues of access to education under A2P1 ECHR, article 5(4) ECHR deprivation of liberty, article 9 freedom of religion, article 10 freedom of expression and article 11 freedom of assembly.
    • Darryl advised a national charity on the scope for legal challenge to public sector parental leave policies incorporating reliance on various international human rights instruments regarding sex and maternity discrimination.
    • Darryl was part of a team of counsel which advised a humanitarian organisation on its obligations and potential liabilities arising out of contact with persons associated with proscribed organisations.
    • Darryl represented a group of anti-arms sales activists in their criminal trial after they protested at a London arms exhibition (reported here), arguing that the group’s efforts to block violations of international humanitarian law allowed a defence to the criminal charge.
    • Darryl advised a national human rights organisation on the ECHR-compatibility of buffer zones around abortion clinics;
    • Darryl worked on behalf of a group of claimants challenging alleged Russian atrocities in Abkhazia before the ECtHR.

    Darryl has substantial experience in police actions, particularly in the growing body of police action litigation involving victims of human trafficking. He accepts instructions from claimants in police action cases.

  • Media and information law

    Darryl regularly advises and appears in cases relating to media and information law. At an earlier stage of practice he was instructed in the MGN phone hacking litigation. Current cases include:

    • Ongoing High Court libel proceedings relating to journalistic coverage of the Labour Party’s anti-Semitism crisis (led by Hugh Tomlinson QC)
    • Ongoing High Court libel proceedings relating to the true identity of the founder of online cryptocurrency Bitcoin (led by Hugh Tomlinson QC)

    Darryl wrote a chapter on jurisdiction and conflict of laws in Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (published by Matrix, 2017).

  • Recent judgments

    The following are examples of recent judgments in cases in which Darryl is or was instructed:

    • Richmond v Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (Central London County Court, judgment of 7 April 2021) – acted for the successful claimant, a political activist who was awarded substantial damages including aggravated and exemplary damages after establishing that he was assaulted by a Metropolitan Police Officer following a May Day demonstration in 2016
    • Lancashire Festival of Hope v Blackpool Borough Council and ors (Manchester County Court, judgment of 1 April 2021) – instructed on behalf of successful claimant alleging violations of the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 (led by Aidan O’Neill QC)
    • Ware v French [2021] EWHC 384 (QB) – determination of meaning in Labour anti-Semitism libel case (led by Hugh Tomlinson QC)
    • Wright v Granath [2021] 24 WLR 4 – Court of Appeal 2-1 decision on the application of Article 27 of the Lugano Convention in the context of concurrent libel claims in multiple jurisdictions (led by Hugh Tomlinson QC) – see also the decision of the High Court in Wright v Granath [2020] 4 WLR 28)
    • Nicholls v London Borough of Croydon [2019] ICR 542 – acted for successful group of claimants in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in context of high-value claims following outsourcing of NHS public health functions
  • Education and background

    Darryl graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2011 with the third highest First in Law in the University. He then received a Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction from Oxford University (coming top of his year group in three out of four papers). In 2014, he was elected Oxford University’s Eldon Scholar (awarded to the most promising Oxford graduate embarking on a career at the Bar).

    Between 2018 and 2019 Darryl spent a year working in north Africa in refugee advocacy. Prior to coming to the Bar Darryl worked for the International Labour Organisation, for Ergon Associates (a labour and human rights consultancy based in London) and as a Teaching Fellow in Conflict of Laws at University College London.

    Darryl has been accredited with C1 (advanced) level French (Université Rennes 2, 2014).

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