Mr Darren Snow

Mr Darren Snow

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Called in 2000
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General Information

Darren Snow has been ranked in the Legal 500 for his work defending in the criminal and professional disciplinary fields. He combines experience in criminal and regulatory work with a background in the City working within the international insurance markets as a lawyer and claims specialist. He is an accredited commercial mediator.

Darren now specialises in criminal defence, professional disciplinary work and representing parties at Inquests. He has a background in commercial work and dispute resolution within the insurance industry and has also appeared in mediations, arbitrations and high court civil cases. He is an experienced mediation advocate and negotiator.

Darren’s criminal experience includes prosecution and defence work. He has prosecuted at Grade 3 level for the CPS and been on their specialist organised crime and fraud panels. Darren’s work includes defending in serious & organised crime, serious violence, drugs, sexual offences and fraud/regulatory offences. He has defended in health and safety and environmental prosecutions. Darren has defended in the full range of road traffic cases from speeding and drink drive to death by dangerous driving. He has also represented commercial transport operators before the traffic commissioner.

Darren has a wealth of experience defending professionals before their regulators – healthcare, nursing, police, teaching and financial services. He has acted in cases before healthcare regulators dealing with patient death, midwifery malpractice, sexual misconduct, criminal convictions and practitioners’ health conditions.  He has an excellent record of saving his clients’ careers.

Darren sits on several disciplinary tribunals, including the Bar’s disciplinary tribunal. He sits as chair on police disciplinary tribunals for the Metropolitan Police and regional forces.  Darren is also involved in sports work, with a particular expertise in safeguarding work with clients such as England Boxing, UK Athletics and the F.A. He has defended athletes in anti-doping, disciplinary and safeguarding cases. He was a nominee at the 2018 Bar Pro Bono Awards and continues to be involved in pro bono work. Darren is a member of Middle Temple’s Hall Committee and the Criminal Bar Association’s Social mobility committee.

Darren is authorized to undertake direct access work and is also an authorized litigator enabling him to provide a combined litigation & advocacy service when required. Darren is also a member of Libertas Chambers, a leading criminal and regulatory defence Set in London.


Pupil Supervisor

Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator

Middle Temple Hall Committee

Middle Temple Advocacy trainer

Sports Resolutions - pro bono Legal panel

Sports Resolutions - Safeguarding Case Management Panel

Criminal Bar Association - Social Mobility Committee

Legal Chair – Police Disciplinary Tribunals

Panel Member – TBTAS

Chair – England Boxing Safeguarding Panel

Chair/Panel Member – UK Athletics Disciplinary & Safeguarding Panels

Member – Football Association Safeguarding Panel


LLB(Hons), LL.M(City), Qualified Solicitor, Practice Diploma in International Arbitration, MCIArb, Accredited Mediator, Advocacy Trainer & Associate Lecturer at the University of Law.


Darren splits his time between homes in Essex & Norfolk, he is former professional musician playing bass and chapman stick. State school educated and the first of his family to get a degree, Darren is a keen supporter of social mobility and E&D.


"Darren has appeared in a number of complex cases for nurses before the NMC in the last year alongside work chairing several high-profile police disciplinary tribunals."Legal 500, 2023

"Darren is effective in cross examination and is able to clearly present our case. From the perspective of an instructing solicitor he provides regular updates throughout the case which I find invaluable - Professional Discipline - Leading Juniors"Legal 500, 2021

"Effective in cross-examination - Crime - Leading Juniors"Legal 500, 2021

"He can cut through the uncertainty to get to the heart of the issue - Crime - Leading Juniors"Legal 500, 2018

"Excellent for client care, as well as providing detailed advice on evidence and appeals - Crime - Leading Juniors"Legal 500, 2019

"He has an eye for detail, he is always calm and he provides cogent, sensible advice "Defence Solicitor, EBR Attridge Solicitors

"Approachable, personable and gives clear strategic advice and guidance to all lay clients and has the ability to simplify complex evidence in modern language that a lay client can understand"Defence Solicitor, CLP Solicitors

"Darren is skilled in building a rapport with a client whilst at the same time providing a realistic assessment of the what the outcome may be. My clients have found that to be of enormous help"Lawyer, Royal College of Nursing

"I thought he demonstrated extraordinary client care"Solicitor, Kingsley Napley

"Darren acted in a particularly sensitive & complex case pursued by the NMC relating to the still birth of a baby and the actions of a community midwife. Darren worked hard to support the registrant from first conference through to the substantive hearing. The case required sensitive cross examination together with careful handling of the registrant in evidence in chief to support her through her evidence. Core charges were dismissed on a submission of no case, charges of dishonesty and covering up evidence were found unproven and ultimately a sanction on public interest grounds only of a caution was obtained - it was a fantastic outcome achieved by Darren in a very challenging case"Senior Solicitor, Thompsons Solicitors




Fees and Feedback


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Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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Complaints information

If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).

The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
Email: [email protected]

Privacy Notice

1.              This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).

2.              The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.

3.              I, Mr Darren Snow, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

4.              It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

·   Advise on the prospects of litigation;

·   Advise on the value of your claim;

·   Representation at a court hearing;

·   Representation at trial;

·   Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5.              Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.              The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7.              If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8.              If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.              I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)                  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii)                Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii)               Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv)               Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v)                Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi)               Education and examining bodies; and

(vii)             Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.          In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11.          This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12.          I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13.          How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14.          Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i)                  The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii)                To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii)               For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv)               To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17.          Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18.          Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19.          You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20.          You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21.          You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22.          Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23.          You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i)                  The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii)                You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii)               Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv)               The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v)                The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24.          You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25.          Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26.          I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. The I.T. systems used by Clerksroom are ISO27001 compliant.

Complaints or Queries

27.          If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: [email protected], or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.

28.          I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29.          You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

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