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Freeths LLP

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45418 COWLEY

Rachael Oakes

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Freeths LLP

Work Department

Family law department.


Partner, National Head of the Family ream and the Firms Platinum Client Services.

One of the UK's top family lawyers, Rachael is national head of the family team and advises on all aspects of family law issues and has over 18 years’ experience of dealing with divorce and work relating to children. Rachael is also head of 'Platinum', a bespoke service for wealthy clients.  She has a particular expertise for complex high-net-worth situations which will often involve international assets, companies, trusts, tax, pensions and other jurisdictions. Rachael also works with couples interested in preserving wealth with the preparation of pre and post marital agreements. Her clients are not only throughout the Thames Valley and South-West but also London due to her ability to offer the same level of specialist advice without charging London rates. Rachael provides a discreet and professional service for high profile clients who want to avoid media attention and keep their personal affairs private.

Recent case examples: highest value schedule 1 case involving an unmarried couple in the UK as at 2014; many cases involving assets worth over £20m to include trusts, businesses, pensions, and foreign jurisdictions; Pre-marital and post-nuptial agreements. Using mediation, lawyer led negotiation and collaborative practice to keep cases out of court. Acting for people with a public profile. Specialist areas of expertise; acting for business owners and directors; supporting wives where ongoing financial support is essential; international cases involving offshore and foreign assets including pensions. Expert representation in farming cases and landed estates; wealth preservation with pre and post-nuptial settlements; Deeds of Separation; cohabitation claims and complex children cases; Rachael has many years experience of running successful court based litigation cases. Rachael also works out of Freeths' London office.


Trained, solicitor and partner at Bower & Bailey, qualified 1996. Partner at Mowbray Woodwards. Partner Henmans 2006 who merged with Freeths in 2013.


Resolution (also a member of national training team); International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). As an active member in both local and national collaborative and mediation committees Rachael works with the national sub-committee of Resolution to promote and market dispute resolution options across the UK and Europe. FMC as an accredited mediator.


London University (1993 LLB); Legal Practice Course (1994 (distinction)); Collaborative training (2002); Accredited family law specialist (2004); Mediation training (2011); MIAMS training (2011). Accredicted mediator status acquired (2016).

South East: Private client

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Leading individuals

Rachael Oakes - Freeths LLP

Within: Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Freeths LLP handles the full spectrum of family law matters including high- value financial cases involving farming assets, businesses, trusts, pensions and jurisdictional issues. The practice has a specialty in the area of fertility law and surrogacy. Key figures in the Oxford office include head of the national family practice, Rachael Oakes and Claire Colbert who specialises in financial matters and arrangements for children. The practice retains strong expertise in niche areas, such as Gemma Nicholls-Webber for divorce proceedings involving farming and agricultural issues; Tom Burgess for matters concerning IVF and surrogacy, and Joanne Thomas for financial remedy cases involving pre/post acquired assets, such as inheritances.

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