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Overview

Rachel was called to the Bar in 2006. As part of her degree, Rachel completed a Diploma in French Law (Diplome d’Etudes Juridiques Francaises) at the Universite de Limoges, France.

Thereafter, she obtained a Very Competent on the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School.  She successfully completed pupillage at Ropewalk Chambers and became a tenant in 2007.

Rachel has a general civil law practice with particular interests in personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory work and counter fraud claims.

Interests away from the Bar include netball, athletics and swimming.  Rachel also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Personal Injury

Rachel enjoys representing both Claimants and Defendants in all aspects of personal injury work.  She has a busy practice and provides quantum advices in a wide range of claims, from those of high value involving multiple and severe injuries to low value whiplash injury claims.

She advises both Claimants and Defendants in respect of all aspects of liability from road traffic accidents to employer’s liability claims to claims brought against the local authority by reason of accidents which have occurred at school, on playing fields and on the highway.

She has a particular interest in accidents which have occurred abroad and at sea and can advise in respect of any additional complications that this brings to the litigation.

She also has considerable experience of representing both families and care homes at Inquests in circumstances where there are concerns about the quality of care received by the elderly.  Frequently, the service user will be at risk of falls and there will be concerns as to whether further, reasonable steps could have been taken which would have prevented death.  She has also continued to represent the interested party in the civil proceedings which may or may not follow.

She has also been instructed to attend Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals and CRU Appeals.

Rachel is happy to accept instructions on the basis of a conditional fee agreement.

Clinical Negligence

Rachel has a particular interest in clinical negligence.  She has represented families and practising doctors, nurses and midwives at Inquests in circumstances where clinical negligence proceedings are likely to follow.  These Inquests have frequently involved complex issues of causation.

She also has experience of advising both Claimants and Defendants where there are complex issues of breach of duty and causation.

Recent claims against NHS Trusts include the negligent performance of a lumbar puncture.

Recent claims against General Practitioners include a failure to refer for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

She has also represented General Practitioners who visit care homes to treat residents as part of their routine practice.

She has also acted for NHS Trusts and Midwives in circumstances where the standard of care provided has come under close scrutiny.

Rachel has experience of drafting the necessary proceedings and advising upon the value of such claims.  She also appreciates the need for sensitivity and understanding when undertaking this work.

She also provides representation on behalf of healthcare registrants before their disciplinary bodies.

Counter Fraud

Rachel is very experienced in defending fraudulent claims, including but not exclusively, where allegations of fraud are made in road traffic accidents.  She has dealt with low velocity impact claims, exaggerated and fabricated claims, and those involving phantom passengers on behalf of Defendants.

She has acted for Defendants at trial and at interim applications.  She has considerable experience of drafting Applications in fraudulent claims on behalf of Defendants.  Applications that she has drafted include seeking permission to rely upon engineering evidence on behalf of Defendants and disclosure of the Claimant’s medical records.

Rachel also has considerable experience of testing the evidence of key witnesses in conference and determining the merits of the Defendant’s defence where allegations of fraud have been made.

Disease

Rachel has acted in numerous occupational disease claims.

She is experienced in advising and drafting statements of case for both claimants and defendants.

She is very familiar with issues of limitation which arise so frequently in claims of this nature.

Costs

Rachel has represented both the receiving and paying parties at detailed assessment hearings.

She has experience in arguing the appropriate level of success fee under Conditional Fee Agreements where the accident occurred before the commencement of the Fixed Recoverable Costs Regime (at Infant Approval Hearings) and the recoverability of staged insurance premiums.

Rachel has also been involved in cases where the Claimant has failed to provide information about funding arrangements and a relief from sanctions application has been made in order for the Claimant to be able to recover any additional liability.

Property and Chancery

Rachel frequently appears and advises in business and property matters.  She has experience of advising on liability and the likely level of damages for distress and inconvenience arising out of claims for breach of contract.

She has also represented parties in claims arising out of construction contracts, with allegations of defective work and considerations as to whether reinstatement is reasonable.

She also has experience of claims involving fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation.  This is often involving representations made on Property Information Forms and other documents involved in the process of selling and purchasing property.

Commercial

Rachel has considerable experience in claims involving credit hire.  She has experience of representing both Claimants and Defendants in circumstances where no notice of the right to cancel the agreement has been served pursuant to the Cancellations of Contracts made in a Consumer’s Home of Place of Work etc. Regulations 2008.

She also has considerable experience of credit hire claims in general, both advising and drafting pleadings in relation to particular issues including need; rate of hire, period of hire, like for like vehicles and general arguments in respect of mitigation.

She has acted in circumstances where the value of the credit hire element of the claim is significant, often up to £100,000.

Employment

Rachel has represented both Claimants and Respondents at Case Management Discussions, Pre Hearing Reviews and Final Hearings in the Employment Tribunal.  She enjoys all aspects of employment law.

She has a particular interest in the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.  She has experience of advising in respect of claims where the transferor is the subject of bankruptcy or analogous insolvency proceedings which have been instituted with a view to liquidation of the assets of the transferor.

Notable Cases

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Professional Discipline and Regulation
  • Counter Fraud
  • Disease
  • Costs
  • Property and Chancery
  • Commercial
  • Employment

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