Year of Call: 2013

Inn: Lincoln’s Inn

Rachel was fantastic, she was very clear on what she needed from me and I felt encouraged after speaking with her. I will definitely be instructing her in the future and thank you again.”

Rachel is a personal injury barrister with experience in advising and drafting pleadings for claimants and defendants in cases involving employer’s liability in a variety of contexts.  She is instructed from pre-action to trial stages.

Recent instructions include:

  • Advising a factory worker injured in the course of his employment in using inappropriate lifting equipment (settled).
  • Advising on liability and quantum in a manual handling case involving metal girders.
  • Advising and drafting pleadings in a case involving a worker’s shoulder being crushed by a forklift truck (settled).
  • Advising and drafting pleadings for an employee who was badly burned and scarred by unsecured chemicals in a waste facility at work (settled).

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.