Rachel is all over the cases. She is very thorough, good with the judge and persuasive. ‘She is personable, unflappable and has a good bedside manner. She is well-liked by solicitors and takes a pragmatic approach.’”

Chambers UK 2024, Personal Injury

Rachel is Head of our Personal Injury team, and has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury cases, acting for both claimants and defendants. She has gained a reputation for her robust advocacy, well-reasoned but no nonsense approach to complicated issues, and her friendly manner with clients. She is highly respected both in chambers and on circuit.  Whilst the focus of her practice is on cases of higher value, she will accept instructions on lower value matters where there are novel or complex issues to consider.

Rachel’s regular clients include national insurers and top-tier claimant firms, as well as numerous local authorities throughout England and Wales and the NHS.

Catastrophic injury

Rachel has extensive expertise in claims concerning catastrophic injuries of the utmost severity. She is currently instructed as junior counsel to Christopher Sharp KC in a particularly complex traumatic brain injury case.


Rachel is a highly experienced inquest barrister and has been instructed in a number of high-profile inquests which have attracted national press coverage. She frequently appears at inquests often representing care homes, insurers, hospitals, police forces and the families of bereaved. Read more here.

Animals Act

Rachel has broad experience of dealing with claims involving animals, not only using the Animals Act but also in employers’ liability and common law negligence. Rachel has advised and represented clients in cases concerning all types of animals from cats to rams but she has a particular interest in equine cases and has had conduct of numerous such cases, including acting for the successful claimant in a case concerning an accident at a leading racehorse trainer’s stables.

Industrial Disease

Rachel also has considerable experience in dealing with ‘disease’ and occupational illness litigation ranging from noise induced hearing loss cases, to mesothelioma and stress at work. Rachel has particular expertise in COVID-19 claims.  She regularly advises and appears in trials on such cases, dealing with broad ranging issues from breach of duty to causation and limitation. Read more here.

Rachel is willing to accept instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases and is qualified to undertake Public Access work in appropriate cases, for further information, please visit our Public Access page.

Directory Quotes

Rachel is an extremely proficient advocate. ‘Her written work makes analysing complex issues very straightforward.”

Chambers UK 2023, Personal Injury

Very experienced across a range of inquest matters.”

Legal 500 2021, Inquests & Inquiries

Noted for her expertise in employers’ and public liability claims.”

Legal 500 2019, Inquests and Inquiries
  • Qualifications & awards:

    • MA (Oxon)
    • Gray’s Inn Scholar
  • Professional memberships:

    • Personal Injury Bar Association
    • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Rachel Russell is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please read here.