“sharp acquisition of complex technical detail…followed by an unshakeably persuasive delivery in court”
“both compassionate and sharp – a barrister who really listens and whose focus on achieving the right result is second to none”.
Drawing regular praise for her meticulous, “no stone unturned” approach to preparing cases, her superb client care and her incisive and intuitive advocacy, Rachel has a specialist practice in inquiries and investigations, including criminal investigations and enforcement, regulatory law and environmental crime.
Rachel spent 18 months as counsel in the litigation and dispute resolution department of a leading UK commercial firm, where she handled a range of complex commercial disputes. She also led the firm’s regulatory team, advising external corporate and individual clients as well as teams across the firm on all aspects of various regulatory regimes, enforcement proceedings, criminal and quasi-criminal matters.
With her combined experience of commercial, regulatory and criminal law, Rachel is ideally placed to advise and support individuals and corporate clients on all areas where criminal sanctions may be in play and in matters involving compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions.
Rachel has been instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry since March 2018.
Areas of expertise
Rachel was instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in March 2018. Skilled in data-heavy and complex investigatory work, Rachel led two large teams of junior counsel and paralegals focusing on the forensic analysis of complicated and voluminous material in two key areas: the regulatory regime for fire safety and the testing and certification of construction products. She has a comprehensive knowledge of both fire safety legislation and guidance and of the Building Regulations, with a particular focus on Part B and Approved Document B (Fire Safety) and related policy. Having worked closely with the inquiry’s experts, Rachel also has a detailed understanding of fire engineering, mechanisms for fire spread and fire protection measures.
Rachel questioned a number of key witnesses from the manufacturers and regulators, drawing praise for her advocacy and her encyclopaedic grasp of the technical issues.
Rachel is an experienced criminal defence barrister with significant expertise in criminal enforcement and in defending across the full range of serious offences. An accomplished and sought-after trial advocate, Rachel also offers comprehensive, pragmatic advice from the earliest stages of any investigation through to any prosecution and appeal.
In particular, Rachel provides specialist advice and representation to individuals and corporate clients at all stages of investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of fraud and financial crime, bribery and corruption, money laundering and other Proceeds of Crime Act matters. Her experience encompasses pre-charge advice and challenges to search warrants, issues of disclosure, legal professional privilege, PII (Public Interest Immunity) and confiscation.
With considerable advocacy experience before a wide variety of courts and tribunals, Rachel’s regulatory practice encompasses healthcare, education, fire safety, agricultural and animal welfare matters, environmental offences, transport and licensing. Adept at supporting clients at all stages and with substantial expertise in assisting clients to navigate the investigation and enforcement process in proceedings brought by a wide range of authorities, Rachel provides sound strategic preparatory advice and steady reassurance from the very earliest stages through to hearings at all levels.
Rachel’s environmental practice is focused on advising and defending in criminal and quasi-criminal matters, including cases involving waste, air and water pollution, contaminated land, licensing and matters arising from planning enforcement. Rachel also acts in environmental tax matters, including advising on disputes in relation to Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund Scheme.