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Kelly Darlington

Partner

Kelly is Head of Farleys’ inquest department and has a national client base. She has specialised for many years in representing bereaved families, with a particular emphasis on mental health related deaths, both in mental health detention and the community, deaths in prison, police custody, hospitals and local authority care. She also has experience in representing bereaved families of military personnel.

Kelly also specialises in civil claims against the State involving breaches of the European Convention of Human Rights with a particular emphasis on human rights claims arising from the death of a loved one.

Kelly is experienced in representing clients in police complaints, actions against the police, prison service and other state bodies. She has been involved in challenging decisions by way of Judicial Review.

Kelly’s work in this area of the law has led to a number of accolades including ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times, and the Law Society Gazette.

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What people say about Kelly

"The team at Farley’s are a credit to the name! Kelly Darlington was a huge help to me when I needed a professional trustworthy solicitor. She went above and beyond and puts her clients at the heart of everything she does! I would recommend Farley’s and wouldn’t go elsewhere. Well done Kelly and the team!"

Sabrina Jacobs

2018-11-14T10:47:25+00:00

Sabrina Jacobs

"The team at Farley’s are a credit to the name! Kelly Darlington was a huge help to me when I needed a professional trustworthy solicitor. She went above and beyond and puts her clients at the heart of everything she does! I would recommend Farley’s and wouldn’t go elsewhere. Well done Kelly and the team!"
"Just wanted to say a quick and heartfelt thank you to you [Kelly Darlington] and your team... for all the help and support you gave us with Charlie's inquest. We couldn't have got through it without you."

Nick Pope - Father of Charlie Pope (Inquest client)

2019-01-03T09:53:12+00:00

Nick Pope - Father of Charlie Pope (Inquest client)

"Just wanted to say a quick and heartfelt thank you to you [Kelly Darlington] and your team... for all the help and support you gave us with Charlie's inquest. We couldn't have got through it without you."
“I just want to extend my warmest thank you to [Kelly and the team] for your help over the past few years. This has been a long and difficult journey for my family and I, and in Farley’s I’ve had people to trust with my experiences. I realise in latter stages, I’ve perhaps been ‘on a mission’ but I appreciate none of this could have been achieved without your professionalism and help.” 

Ms R

2017-08-31T15:45:00+01:00

Ms R

“I just want to extend my warmest thank you to [Kelly and the team] for your help over the past few years. This has been a long and difficult journey for my family and I, and in Farley’s I’ve had people to trust with my experiences. I realise in latter stages, I’ve perhaps been ‘on a mission’ but I appreciate none of this could have been achieved without your professionalism and help.” 
"I just want to say Thankyou for how thorough, compassionate and caring you’ve been this week and the hard work you’ve all done for me and my family"

Mr C - Inquest Client

2020-02-07T12:24:43+00:00

Mr C - Inquest Client

"I just want to say Thankyou for how thorough, compassionate and caring you’ve been this week and the hard work you’ve all done for me and my family"
"Thank you so much for fighting on my behalf to get the right outcome. I really do appreciate everything that you’ve done for me. You’ve been by my side all the way through this and although it may only be a small part long history of this matter, but it is really important to me that the CICA have acknowledged the medical evidence and what impact this has had on me."

- CICA Client

2019-10-10T10:52:32+01:00

- CICA Client

"Thank you so much for fighting on my behalf to get the right outcome. I really do appreciate everything that you’ve done for me. You’ve been by my side all the way through this and although it may only be a small part long history of this matter, but it is really important to me that the CICA have acknowledged the medical evidence and what impact this has had on me."
“Kelly secured the funding for my son’s Inquest, which meant I could concentrate on the case.  The help we had from our legal team was second to none.” 

Mr S

2017-08-31T15:43:33+01:00

Mr S

“Kelly secured the funding for my son’s Inquest, which meant I could concentrate on the case.  The help we had from our legal team was second to none.” 
"Kelly Darlington was extremely informative and approachable, as well as providing both logical and reasonable explanations. I couldn’t have done better or asked for anyone better”

Mr N

2018-09-24T12:52:26+01:00

Mr N

"Kelly Darlington was extremely informative and approachable, as well as providing both logical and reasonable explanations. I couldn’t have done better or asked for anyone better”
Kelly is commended for her ‘excellent client-care skills’, ‘her sharp eye for detail’ and ‘her strategic approach to cases’.

Legal 500 Guide 2019

2018-11-15T15:50:04+00:00

Legal 500 Guide 2019

Kelly is commended for her ‘excellent client-care skills’, ‘her sharp eye for detail’ and ‘her strategic approach to cases’.
"The legal team [Kelly Darlington] were supportive throughout. I felt comfortable discussing everything with them"

Ms R - Civil Claim Client

2019-12-19T11:34:18+00:00

Ms R - Civil Claim Client

"The legal team [Kelly Darlington] were supportive throughout. I felt comfortable discussing everything with them"
“Your service and expertise on dealing with my case was exceptional. You were always on the end of the phone, supporting me and giving me updates regularly, which made me feel reassured and confident, that I was in safe hands. Thanks for your 5* service and bringing a successful outcome to my case. Your help was really much appreciated.”

Georgina Jacobs

2017-08-31T15:42:17+01:00

Georgina Jacobs

“Your service and expertise on dealing with my case was exceptional. You were always on the end of the phone, supporting me and giving me updates regularly, which made me feel reassured and confident, that I was in safe hands. Thanks for your 5* service and bringing a successful outcome to my case. Your help was really much appreciated.”
"Kelly Darlington and her team have established themselves as the leading lights in complex inquest work in Manchester and the North West. They are compassionate and approachable as well as diligent and responsive."

- Legal 500 2023

2023-10-23T11:44:42+01:00

- Legal 500 2023

"Kelly Darlington and her team have established themselves as the leading lights in complex inquest work in Manchester and the North West. They are compassionate and approachable as well as diligent and responsive."
"thank you for your support with [the] inquest we couldn't have had anyone better we got answers we would have never got"

Ms C - Inquest Client

2019-05-30T12:20:55+01:00

Ms C - Inquest Client

"thank you for your support with [the] inquest we couldn't have had anyone better we got answers we would have never got"
"Brilliant solicitors who were only ones to help us after trying for 2yrs to find someone to represent my SEN son for Educational Neglect and abuse. Kelly Darlington and her team were incredibly professional, efficient and tenacious. Appointing us a QC we won a very complex case against all the odds. Without Farleys we’d have been left ignored and invisible. Incredibly grateful to them who believed in us and were as determined to get us justice as we were in being heard. Cannot recommemd then highly enough. They came through for us when noone else would. Thank you Kelly and your incredible team."

Debi Evans - Failure to Educate Claim

2018-11-14T10:51:51+00:00

Debi Evans - Failure to Educate Claim

"Brilliant solicitors who were only ones to help us after trying for 2yrs to find someone to represent my SEN son for Educational Neglect and abuse. Kelly Darlington and her team were incredibly professional, efficient and tenacious. Appointing us a QC we won a very complex case against all the odds. Without Farleys we’d have been left ignored and invisible. Incredibly grateful to them who believed in us and were as determined to get us justice as we were in being heard. Cannot recommemd then highly enough. They came through for us when noone else would. Thank you Kelly and your incredible team."
“Kelly Darlington is excellent with clients and a fierce litigator.”

-Legal 500 2022

2022-05-11T12:21:23+01:00

-Legal 500 2022

“Kelly Darlington is excellent with clients and a fierce litigator.”
"Kelly Darlington – leads her team of highly motivated and diligent lawyers. Kelly cares about every case she does and it shows in the quality of her work. She always goes the extra mile."

- Legal 500 2023

2023-10-23T11:46:05+01:00

- Legal 500 2023

"Kelly Darlington – leads her team of highly motivated and diligent lawyers. Kelly cares about every case she does and it shows in the quality of her work. She always goes the extra mile."
“Straight away from the first time we spoke you were so reassuring that everything would be ok. Your help and support was such a strength through this time. I will be recommending you and Farleys to all my friends and family!”

Ms K

2017-08-31T15:42:54+01:00

Ms K

“Straight away from the first time we spoke you were so reassuring that everything would be ok. Your help and support was such a strength through this time. I will be recommending you and Farleys to all my friends and family!”
“Not only did we find Kelly an exceptionally competent solicitor. At all times when dealing with us on the phone or face to face, she was caring, showing concern for our family and our well being, considerate of our needs and compassionate. While no one would ever want to be faced with the needless loss of a child, we consider ourselves very fortunate indeed that we found Farleys to guide us through the process.”

Mr J

2017-08-31T15:46:01+01:00

Mr J

“Not only did we find Kelly an exceptionally competent solicitor. At all times when dealing with us on the phone or face to face, she was caring, showing concern for our family and our well being, considerate of our needs and compassionate. While no one would ever want to be faced with the needless loss of a child, we consider ourselves very fortunate indeed that we found Farleys to guide us through the process.”
"On the behalf of me and my family, we would like to thank you [Kelly Darlington] and your team for all the hard work you have put in to this case. It has been a stressful couple years but we would of not have achieved any sort of justice without you and your team."

Family of Ky Che

2019-04-01T16:10:45+01:00

Family of Ky Che

"On the behalf of me and my family, we would like to thank you [Kelly Darlington] and your team for all the hard work you have put in to this case. It has been a stressful couple years but we would of not have achieved any sort of justice without you and your team."
"Kelly Darlington provides powerful and fearless representation of families."

- Legal 500 2023

2022-10-13T16:57:39+01:00

- Legal 500 2023

"Kelly Darlington provides powerful and fearless representation of families."
“Thank you so much for all your help on my recent case – I was delighted with the result and will definitely recommend both Farleys and yourself personally if the opportunity arises.” 

Mr G

2017-08-31T15:44:21+01:00

Mr G

“Thank you so much for all your help on my recent case – I was delighted with the result and will definitely recommend both Farleys and yourself personally if the opportunity arises.” 

Professional Memberships

Kelly is a member of the INQUEST Lawyers Group and has a particular interest in public funding for bereaved families at inquests. She is involved in monitoring problems encountered and liaising with the Legal Aid Agency. She has also provided training on inquest funding to other practitioners. She is also a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) and the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG).

Accreditations

The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law FirmsThe Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms

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