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 specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence and is ranked as a leading junior in The Legal 500. She is frequently instructed to advise and represent parties on both sides of relief from sanctions applications across the spectrum of civil litigation. She has a wide-ranging clinical negligence practice with a particular interest in cases relating to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancers. Rachel also advises and represents parties in a range of high-value RTA, Highways Act, employers’ liability, occupiers’ and public liability matters.

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

Before coming to the Bar, Rachel was an academic in musicology and then Higher Education Pedagogic Policy Research, 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.

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.