Rachel Russell

Year of Call: 2001

Inn: Gray's Inn

Judicial Office: RECORDER

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Very experienced across a range of inquest matters.”

Legal 500,  2021

Rachel is Head of our Personal Injury team, and has 20 years’ experience of personal injury cases, acting for both claimants and defendants with extensive expertise in claims concerning catastrophic injuries of the utmost severity. She is currently instructed as junior counsel to Christopher Sharp QC in a particularly complex traumatic brain injury case.  Rachel’s regular clients include national insurers and top-tier claimant firms, as well as numerous local authorities throughout England and Wales.

Rachel 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. She was recently appointed Recorder on the Western Circuit sitting in the civil jurisdiction.

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. As a keen horsewoman herself, 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.

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. She regularly advises and appears in trials on such cases, dealing with broad ranging issues from breach of duty to causation and limitation.

She has a developing practice in the field of aviation accidents and personal injury claims arising from such accidents. She recently represented the family of the deceased pilot at the Inquest into a helicopter crash in Norfolk which concerned the death of all four occupants, including the Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond.

Rachel is familiar with the CICA regime and is able to advise and represent clients pursuing such a claim. Rachel has experience of CICA claims of the highest value having represented claimants who were brain injured as children and received multi-million pound awards.

She is willing to accept instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases and is qualified to undertake Public Access work in appropriate cases.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • MA (Oxon)
  • Gray’s Inn Scholar