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About Darrell Ennis-Gayle

Darrell is a Partner in the Criminal Team. He joined Hodge Jones & Allen in April 2016. He specialises in all areas of criminal defence, representing clients at all stages of the criminal justice system. Darrell appears regularly as an advocate in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court and runs a varied caseload ranging from cases such as murder, serious drug offences, terrorism and sexual offences.

He also represents clients in relation to ancillary proceedings such as confiscation and forfeiture and is a member of the firm’s dedicated youth department representing clients under the age of 18 years suspected of criminal offences.


Darrell has represented clients as litigator and counsel in a number of high profile cases. These include murder, terrorism, computer misuse and protest cases. He represents a number of high profile music artists in relation to civil injunction proceedings brought against them by the Metropolitan Police.

Darrell also acts as a consultant for a television production company. He represents both privately paying and legally aided clients. He firmly believes that access to justice should be provided to all.

Notable Cases

  • R v Thomas Harriman (& others) [2016] – Represented a client in a multi-handed trial in the Crown Court. The client was charged with affray and criminal damage following the eviction of “squatters” who had occupied a school. I acted as the trial advocate and secured his acquittal.

Client Comments

  • “Just wanted to follow up from my hearing that was represented by Hodge Jones & Allen in Febuary 2023. Sending out a BIG THANK YOU for all your hard work and support throughout these court hearings as justice got served the right way After continuous complications. As well as (Barrister) Ms Compton gaining results exceeding my expectations due to history that has been repeating itself until now, her due diligence highlighted things that the CPS and Cafcass overlooked and my (Solicitor) Mr Gayle producing a positive outlook from start to finish has immensely restored faith in my case which will now hopefully help my family court case from here on. So once again thank you for your effort throughout this and referring Gabby to assist my case. I would recommend yourselves to any party experiencing cases simular to mine within Criminal Law.”

"The solicitor present was excellent."

  • “Thank you very much to you and the firm for your support. I really appreciated. Darrell was a great help at the interview and a very reassuring presence. I have received a letter from the police station saying they are not taking any further action in relation to the incident. If the situation changes in the future, I will be sure to approach your firm again.”


  • SACHA – The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Rights Advocates
  • CarAf Centre (trustee)
  • The Likulezi Project Malawi (fundraiser)

"Darrell was a great help at the interview and a very reassuring presence."


  • Higher Rights of Audience Accreditation – (2012)
  • Duty Solicitor Accreditation – (2011)
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) – (2009 – 2010)
  • Common Professional Examination (GDL) – (2007-2009)
  • Police Station Accreditation – (2008)
  • BA (Hons) Law and Media Studies – (2001 -2005)
Further Reading Darrell Ennis-Gayle
Criminal Defence