Rachel has impeccable attention to detail, and is able to give quick and firm advice on difficult questions.”

Legal 500 2023, Personal Injury

Rachel is ranked as a leading junior in The Legal 500 for both personal injury and clinical negligence. She advises and represents parties on both sides of relief from sanctions applications across the spectrum of civil litigation, publishes The Denton Resource annually and delivers training on the topic.

Rachel’s clinical negligence practice includes many cases involving delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancers (including osteosarcoma, colorectal, endometrial, cervical), and she has a particular interest in breast cancer cases. Her practice also spans specialisms including ophthalmology, gastrointestinal and colorectal surgery, and obstetrics.  In personal injury, Rachel is instructed in a range of multi-track RTA, Highways Act, employers’ liability and public liability matters.

Rachel was second junior to Christopher Sharp KC and Anna Symington in a recent catastrophic brain injury RTA case, assisting with a complex multi-million pound Schedule.

Before coming to the Bar, Rachel was an academic musicologist and then worked in Higher Education Policy, advising institutional and national policy makers. Rachel was for many years a professional classical cellist and singer. She is an expert on the composer Franz Waxman, on whom she has published scholarly articles and a series for BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week.

Directory Quotes

Rachel is an approachable barrister who provides reasoned and concise advice.’

Legal 500 2023, Clinical Negligence

“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

Client Quotes

Rachel was fantastic, she was very clear on what she needed from me and I felt encouraged after speaking with her. I will definitely be instructing her in the future and thank you again.”

Instructing Solicitor

Great result again, I shall add it on to my successes spreadsheet when I am back in the office tomorrow! My TL will be pleased we got another one so soon after our last success so thank you very much.“

File handler

Fantastic outcome….. really happy with the result, thank you very much.”

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Seminars & Events

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.

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