Year of Call: 2013

Inn: Lincoln’s Inn

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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.

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.