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Darryl’s practice focuses primarily on employment law and on public & human rights law. He also advises and appears in actions against the police and matters raising issues of criminal law, media & information law and sports law. He is often instructed in cases which sit at the boundaries between these overlapping fields.

Darryl happily accepts instructions from legally aided and trade union-supported clients and more generally 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 and discrimination law Darryl is regularly instructed as sole counsel for 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. This litigation has often addressed novel and difficult points of law such as the scope of discrimination protection against part-time workers, the application of TUPE Regulations in the context of NHS reorganisation and the application of the Equality Act 2010 with regards to mandatory workplace transfers carried out by the Metropolitan Police.

Darryl has appeared on several occasions in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, including in CA and ors v NGN [2016] ICR 801 (as junior counsel for the successful party) and in Nicholls v Croydon London Borough Council [2019] ICR 542 (as sole counsel for a successful group of claimants). He has specific expertise and experience of appearing in employment cases which raise conflict of laws, worker status and privacy issues. He is also regularly instructed in County Court discrimination litigation.

Public and human rights law 

Darryl has an equally active (and sometimes overlapping) practice in public law and human rights. He is frequently instructed as sole counsel in judicial review proceedings and in claims before both the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals.

With regards to public law, Darryl’s areas of particular expertise include:

  • Prison and Parole Board: Darryl regularly advises and appears in High Court judicial review proceedings 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 (see e.g. R (Green) v Parole Board and SSJ [2017] EWHC 2612 (Admin)). He also has extensive experience of hearings before the Parole Board.
  • Education: Darryl acts for children and families in judicial review and Tribunal claims addressing issues such as the preparation and contents of EHC Plans, home-to-school transport provision and disability discrimination. In the context of higher education, he has often been instructed in County Court discrimination litigation and judicial reviews (for example, in challenges to the decisions of the OIA). He has appeared before the First-Tier Tribunal and independent review panels.
  • Community Care & Asylum Support: Darryl has substantial experience of advising and representing clients bringing claims relating to various aspects of the community care and asylum support framework.
  • Public Interest: Darryl is increasingly involved in judicial review proceedings challenging cuts to community resources owing to government spending reductions, for example, advising a group of parents who successfully challenged local authority plans to close council-funded children’s centres and working on challenges to school closures.

More generally, Darryl advises and appears in a wide range of cases raising issues about the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights. For example, he was part of the counsel team in long-running High Court litigation brought by a group of Iraqi civilians against the Ministry of Defence. The proceedings raise 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 for example XYZ and ors v MOD [2017] EWHC 547 (QB). He has advised a national human rights organisation on the ECHR-compatibility of buffer zones around abortion clinics, worked on behalf of a group of claimants challenging alleged Russian atrocities in Abkhazia before the ECtHR, and represented a group of anti-arms sales activists in their criminal trial after they protested at a London arms exhibition (reported here).

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/information and sports law issues

Darryl regularly advises and appears in cases relating to media and information law, especially in the context of privacy claims (having been instructed in the MGN phone hacking litigation) and claims under data protection legislation. He wrote a chapter on jurisdiction and conflict of laws in Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (published by Matrix, 2017). He has also acted in FA arbitral proceedings.

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. In 2014, he was elected Oxford University’s Eldon Scholar (awarded to the most promising Oxford graduate embarking on a career at the Bar).

Darryl recently 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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