Rachel has a growing clinical negligence practice with a particular interest in clinical negligence matters involving obstetrics, gynaecology and delayed diagnosis of breast cancers.
She regularly receives instructions to advise on liability, causation and quantum in a range of clinical negligence matters from dental negligence to obstetrics. She has drafted pleadings, prepared schedules and counter schedules (including assisting in high-value matters) and attended CCMCs and JSMs across a range of clinical negligence matters.
Recent work includes:
- Advising and drafting pleadings in dental negligence claims involving negligent root canal therapy and unnecessary extractions.
- Advising on settlement for a child claimant sustaining injury and permanent scarring due to negligent midwifery practice during delivery.
- Representing a child who sustained permanent facial scarring as a result of infection arising from negligent dental treatment.
- 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)
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.