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 is a personal injury barrister representing both claimants and defendants in trials, applications and other interim hearings in a broad range of RTA (including credit hire), Highways Act, employers’ liability, occupier’s liability and public liability matters. Rachel also continues to be in demand for her particular specialism in relief from sanctions applications following her work in this area.

She is instructed to draft pleadings, advise on paper and in conference across the spectrum of personal injury law.

Rachel was recently instructed as second junior in a complex catastrophic brain injury case led by a silk and senior junior, assisting with a multi-million pound schedule.

As a former academic musicologist and professional musician she is particularly interested in the newly emerging area of acoustic shock in professional musicians (especially following the appeal of Goldscheider v The Royal Opera Covent Garden Foundation [2019] EWCA Civ 711). Read article here.


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.