Rachel Segal


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Call: 2013 (Lincoln’s Inn)
Qualifications: BPTC (Nottingham Law School) – Very Competent (Top in year in Commercial Litigation and Employment Litigation).
Grad LLB (Nottingham Law School) – First Class
GDL (University of Plymouth) – Distinction
PhD (Newcastle University)
PGCertHE (Open University)
MA by research (University of Leeds)
BA (Hons) in Music with English Literature (University of Leeds)
Professional Memberships: Personal Injury Bar Association, Employment Law Bar Association, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Women Lawyers’ Division, Member of the Western Circuit, Member of the Western Circuit’s Women’s Forum

Expertise


Rachel has a growing clinical negligence practice with a particular interest in clinical negligence matters involving obstetrics, gynaecology and delayed diagnosis of breast cancers.

She regularly receives instructions to advise on liability, causation and quantum in a range of clinical negligence matters from dental negligence to obstetrics.  She has drafted pleadings, prepared schedules and counter schedules (including assisting in high-value matters) and attended CCMCs and JSMs across a range of clinical negligence matters.

Recent cases include:

  • Advising and drafting pleadings in dental negligence claims involving negligent root canal therapy and unnecessary extractions.
  • Advising on settlement for a child claimant sustaining injury and permanent scarring due to negligent midwifery practice during delivery.
  • Representing a child who sustained permanent facial scarring as a result of infection arising from negligent dental treatment.

Rachel is a personal injury barrister representing both claimants and defendants in trials, applications and other interim hearings in a broad range of RTA (including credit hire), Highways Act, employers’ liability, occupier’s liability and public liability matters.

She also has experience dealing with personal injury costs both within and outside the Portal, and has a strong track record of obtaining costs orders that exceed the expectations of instructing solicitors, both in Application hearings and at trial.

As a former academic musicologist and professional musician she is particularly interested in the newly emerging area of acoustic shock in professional musicians (especially following the judgment in Goldscheider v The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation [2018] EWHC 687 (QB)).

Recent instructions include:

  • Advising a factory worker injured in the course of his employment in using inappropriate lifting equipment (settled).
  • Advising on liability and quantum in a manual handling case involving metal girders.
  • Advising and drafting pleadings in a case involving a worker’s shoulder being crushed by a forklift truck (settled).
  • Advising and drafting pleadings for an employee who was badly burned and scarred by unsecured chemicals in a waste facility at work (settled).
  • Advising on liability and causation in a claim involving a large DIY chain and a claimant injured in an explosion
  • Advising on quantum and settlement strategy and drafting pleadings in claims involving a child injured on defective playground equipment and another injured while tripping in a public park.
  • Advising on liability and causation where a runner was injured by unsecured hoardings outside a public house.
  • Advising on liability, causation and quantum and drafting pleadings in a case involving a slipping incident and multiple fractures in a claimant with complex co-morbidities.
  • Advising and drafting pleadings for an individual injured in a tripping incident on a large construction site.
  • Advising a child injured in a tripping incident at a holiday park.
  • Advising a County Council on a claim involving a road traffic collision at a public park.
  • Advising in a holiday sickness claim.
  • Advising on jurisdictional issues in an accident on a holiday abroad.

Practice Overview

Rachel is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with a busy court and paper practice. She is regularly instructed to draft pleadings, advise on paper and in conference across the spectrum of personal injury law.

Rachel frequently represents both claimants and defendants in trials, applications and other interim hearings in a range of RTA (including credit hire), Highways Act, employers’ liability, occupier’s liability and public liability matters.

Rachel’s work in clinical negligence has to date included cases involving negligence in the fields of dentistry, midwifery, gynaecology, orthopaedics and oncology.

Background

Prior to commencing pupillage she was a County Court Advocate on the North Eastern Circuit, representing claimants and defendants in MOJ Stage 3 and infant settlement hearings, interim applications, CMC and CCMCs in addition to banking and finance-related litigation and enforcement actions.

Before training for the Bar, Rachel was a full-time academic for many years, lecturing in musicology and specialising in Golden Era Hollywood film scoring and latterly working in Higher Education Policy Research. She is a recognised expert on the composer Franz Waxman (a particular focus of her PhD) on whom she has contributed a range of publications, including a Composer of the Week series for BBC Radio 3. She was until recently a professional classical cellist and singer.