Year of Call: 2013

Inn: Lincoln’s Inn

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A strong, organised and approachable barrister, who goes above and beyond to be available to deal with urgent matters. She is patient and understanding with clients, and is excellent at explaining complex matters in layman’s terms.”

Legal 500,  2022
Personal Injury

Rachel is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with a busy court and paper practice across the spectrum of personal injury law.

Rachel advises and represents claimants and defendants in a range of RTA, Highways Act, Employers’ Liability, Occupiers’ and Public Liability matters.

Her recent clinical negligence work has ranged across ophthalmology (cases involving keratoconus and Fuch’s Endothelial Dystrophy), obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology (particularly delayed diagnosis of breast cancer) and dentistry. Rachel also continues to be in particular demand for her specialism in relief from sanctions applications following her published work in this area.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers’ Division
  • Member of the Western Circuit
  • Member of the Western Circuit’s Women’s Forum

Qualifications & awards:

  • 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)

Additional information:

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.