Rachel joined Garden Court as a tenant in November 2020. During her training under the supervision of Mai-Ling Savage, Rebecca Chapman and Peter Rowlands, Rachel gained valuable experience across the areas of family, immigration, crime and civil liberties.
Rachel has a background in psychological research and is a particularly good choice in cases involving complex mental health issues or learning disabilities.
Rachel has a busy practice representing clients in public and private law matters. She has extensive experience in child arrangement order proceedings and injunctions, including final hearings and fact-finding hearings. Rachel finds that her background in psychological research is frequently of assistance when evaluating expert evidence. Rachel’s experience in immigration and criminal law helps her to give the best advice in complex cases, including those where jurisdiction is disputed or where there are parallel proceedings in other courts. Rachel is experienced in working with vulnerable clients and is particularly skilled at explaining complex legal principles in simple terms.
Rachel is regularly instructed to appear in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in asylum, human rights and deport appeals, for vulnerable adults and children. She has particular experience in representing victims of human trafficking, torture, domestic and sexual violence, unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors and individuals with mental health needs. During her pupillage Rachel assisted in drafting grounds for judicial review including challenges to decisions relating to fresh claims and the granting of indefinite leave to remain.
Rachel welcomes instructions in education cases and is particularly interested in cases concerning Special Educational Needs provision. During her legal training Rachel volunteered with the School Exclusion Project, acting on behalf of parents seeking to challenge decisions to permanently exclude their child.
Rachel has successfully represented claimants in civil damages claims for false imprisonment against the Ministry of Justice. She has also succeeded in arguing that such claims should be allocated to the fast track rather than the small claims track due to their nature and importance.
During her pupillage, Rachel appeared in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth courts for trials, bail hearings, sentencing and extradition hearings.