Rachel Sullivan accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular interest in public, commercial, and planning and environment law. She regularly appears in the County Court, Court of Protection and High Court.
Prior to joining chambers, Rachel worked as a legal officer at the Free Representation Unit, representing employment claimants pro bono.
Rachel regularly acts in public law matters, and has been instructed by applicants, local authorities, CCGs and the Official Solicitor. She has significant experience of education and Court of Protection matters.
Recent experience includes:
Court of Protection
Rachel has substantial experience of welfare and benefits cases in the FTT through her work with FRU.
During pupillage Rachel assisted with a range of public and administrative work, including an immigration case concerning an Article 8 appeal against refusal of entry clearance, and a case concerning the operation of ouster clauses and whether the Investigatory Powers Tribunal is amenable to judicial review (R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal)
Prior to pupillage Rachel successfully represented the applicant at a renewal hearing for permission for judicial review in the Upper Tribunal pro bono through FRU.
Rachel is regularly instructed to appear in the High Court for applications to extend interim orders imposed by panels in professional regulation cases.
She was recently instructed by a regulator to undertake a case review in relation to their handling of historic sexual abuse allegations, and is currently undertaking a secondment with Ofgem in relation to their work preparing for the Default Tariff Cap.
During pupillage, Rachel gained experience of advising on regulatory work, drafting advices in matters in front of the Police Disciplinary Tribunal and the General Osteopathic Council, and drafting Rule 5 statements and assisting in preparation for hearings in front of the SDT.
Prior to pupillage, Rachel assisted in preparing a registrant’s case in front of the HCPC through FRU.
Rachel has substantial advisory experience in planning and environmental matters on behalf of both prospective claimants and LPAs, including:
Rachel undertakes pro bono work in this area, often through the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF).
During pupillage Rachel gained experience of a variety of planning and environmental matters including assisting with advice, and preparation for and attendance at planning inquiries.
Rachel regularly acts for insurers and companies in commercial disputes. Recent advisory and court work in this area includes:
Rachel is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
She is also currently undertaking a secondment with Ofgem in relation to the introduction of a cap for energy prices under default tariffs, which is to be brought into force in accordance with the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Act 2018.
During pupillage Rachel assisted with a variety of matters including:
Rachel has a busy county court practice, and regularly acts in RTA, credit hire, and personal injury cases as well as in applications for strike out/summary judgment/relief from sanctions. She acts for both claimants and defendants, and is on the GLD’s ‘baby barrister’ scheme.
Through her work at FRU prior to joining chambers, Rachel has significant experience of employment law issues. She has acted in multi-day ET hearings, and has experience of representing and advising claimants on matters including:
She also has experience of acting in costs matters.
During pupillage Rachel gained exposure to a wide variety of civil law matters including clinical negligence cases, advising on the meaning of ‘dependency’ in the Fatal Accidents Act, preparing schedules of loss and counter schedules.