Rachel joined Chambers in 2016, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a reputation for sound advice, diligence and skilled advocacy. She accepts instructions in general civil and criminal matters and undertakes publicly funded as well as private work.
Her civil practice encompasses contractual and commercial disputes as well as personal injury claims, housing matters and property disputes. Rachel is also a skilled criminal advocate and has wide experience in the criminal courts and is particularly good with youth and vulnerable clients.
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Rachel returned to the Bar in 2016 after a career break with her young family. During her time away from legal practice she also ran a small business, taught law to undergraduate students and also assisted Sussex Police with their advocacy training programme. This broad range of experience both inside and outside of the law is valued by instructing solicitors and clients alike who also appreciate her approachable demeanour and ability to “think outside the box”.
Rachel graduated with First Class Honours and was placed in the top 10% of her year on the Bar Vocational Course. She has a reputation for sound and practical advice, diligence and skilled advocacy, and since joining Becket Chambers has quickly re-established a busy practice in civil and criminal law.
Rachel’s legal career started at a leading civil and commercial set in London after which time she moved to a common law chambers where she was able to expand her areas of expertise and appear more regularly in court. After nine years at the independent Bar, she worked as in-house counsel for a time before taking a career break.
Rachel is known for her tenacity in court, her eye for the detail in a case and her determination to receive the best possible outcome for her clients. She appears in a wide range of hearings from applications at first instance to arguing points on appeal. Her experience in the criminal courts makes her a skilled and incisive cross-examiner.
She is adept at providing advice and in preparing pleadings, draft Orders and applications. Her firm belief in the need to give clear and accessible guidance to clients is reflected in her ability to distil complex information into practical written advice. Rachel’s attention to detail is evident in her paper work practice and her emphasis on client care is reflected in her efficient return of written work.
Rachel has a deserved reputation not only for her professional and thorough approach but also for her ability to make even the most nervous or vulnerable clients feel at ease. Her warm personality and experience of life away from the law makes it particularly easy for her to establish an excellent rapport with people of all backgrounds and this, coupled with her legal knowledge and skills, makes her a popular choice with both instructing solicitor and clients.
In addition to her busy practice Rachel remains an Associate Lecturer of law and is also a School Governor. She enjoys lives music, sports and spending time with her family. She is a keen runner and recently completed the Brighton Marathon raising over £2,600 for SANDS and Arthritis Care.