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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

'Star solicitor' Rachael Oakes heads the ‘team of driven and passionate lawyers’ at Freeths LLP, which acts in complex and niche areas such as IVF, surrogacy and divorce cases relating to farming and agricultural matters, which is an area of strength for ‘very helpful and efficient’ senior associate Gemma Nicholls-Webber. Oakes is recommended as being ‘hugely impressive, formidable, very good with clients and well respected by the judiciary’, acting for high-net-worth individuals in matters regarding cross-border assets, businesses, complex trust structures, tax and pensions. The ‘widely respected’ Claire Cobert specialises in CMS appeals, Children Act matters and school appeals for parents, as well as traditional financial and children cases. ‘Efficient, professional yet friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable’ senior associate Elizabeth Stocker works primarily on family financial and children cases.

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