Rachel is extremely good with clients and her advocacy is excellent. She is also incredibly strong on anything related to relief from sanctions.”

The Legal 500 2024, Clinical Negligence

Rachel is ranked as a leading junior in The Legal 500 for both personal injury and clinical negligence. She enjoys working across the spectrum of clinical negligence and has a particular interest in cases involving delayed diagnosis of cancers of the breast, bone and bladder, alleged negligence in gastro-intestinal and colorectal surgery, cosmetic surgery and ophthalmology. She also frequently appears in the coroner’s court.

Rachel advises and represents claimants and defendants in a range of RTA, Highways Act, employers’ liability and public liability matters. She advises on professional negligence matters in both clinical negligence and personal injury, and is currently working on cases of up to £7m in value.

Rachel also 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.

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 has an unrivalled attention to detail, excellent response times, and is a thoughtful and concise advocate.”

The Legal 500 2024, Personal Injury

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

The Legal 500 2023, Personal Injury

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

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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