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 has experience dealing with personal injury costs both within and outside the Portal and has a strong track record of obtaining costs orders that exceed the expectations of instructing solicitors, both in Application hearings and at trial.

She has been described by solicitors as being “very strong” on Portal costs relating to both the RTA and EL/PL Pre-Action Protocols (an area in which she provides advice and training to instructing solicitors) and is a self-confessed Portal geek.

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.