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Rachel undertook her pupillage in Chambers where she was supervised by Rebecca Chapman and Peter Rowlands.

She has particular experience of immigration appeals, family law and criminal defence.

Immigration Law

Rachel is regularly instructed to appear in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex 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.

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Family Law

Rachel represents clients in private law children applications including Child Arrangements Orders, and has experience of these cases where there have been allegations of domestic violence. She also has experience representing clients in applications for injunctive relief.

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Criminal Defence

Rachel has appeared in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts, representing clients for all types of offences. She is committed to obtaining the most just outcome for her clients.

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Background

Prior to being called to the Bar Rachel worked in social research. Her first job was as a researcher at The Young Foundation, a think tank that supports innovation in the public and charity sector. While at The Young Foundation Rachel worked on projects spanning healthcare, education, social isolation, physical activity and homelessness.

Rachel then took up a role at the Helen Bamber Foundation, a charity that provides integrated care to victims of human rights violations, and which works closely with lawyers in the provision of medico-legal reports. As Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Rachel assisted the executive team to review the charity’s model and strategy and helped coordinate and deliver psychological research into the impact of government policies on the charity’s refugee and asylum-seeking clients. She also co-authored a systematic review looking at the impact of immigration detention on mental health.

During her legal training Rachel volunteered with the School Exclusion Project and represented an excluded child with special needs in front of the Governors’ Disciplinary Committee and Independent Review Panel hearings. Rachel also volunteered with the Free Representation Unit and appeared in the Employment Tribunal in a successful unfair dismissal claim against a large restaurant chain. Rachel is qualified as a civil and commercial mediator with ADR-ODR International. 

Publications

‘Bridging the Divide: Social Entrepreneurs and Commissioners on Public Sector Contracting’ (Anna Davies and Rachel Schon, November 2013)

‘Growing Social Innovation: A Guide for Policy Makers’ (Victoria Boelman, Amy Kwan, John Rene Keller Lauritzen, Jeremy Millard, Rachel Schon, December 2014)

‘Keeping Up and Running: The Case for Investment in Community Sports Hubs’ (Victoria Boelman, Peter Gerry, Rachel Schon, May 2015)

The impact of immigration detention on mental health: a systematic review (M. von Werthern, K. Robjant, Z. Chui, R. Schon, L. Ottisova, C. Mason and C. Katona), BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:382

Awards

Mellon Fellowship for study at Yale University (2009-2012)
Astbury Scholar, Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2016 and 2017)
BPP Excellence Award (2017)

Education

  • University of Cambridge, MA in Theology and Religious Studies (1st Class)
  • Yale Divinity School, M.A.R in Religion and Literature
  • GDL, City University
  • BPTC, BPP Law School

Professional Membership

  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)

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