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Chambers of Rodney Ferm

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Bradford, Leeds
Broadway House Chambers (Chambers of Rodney Ferm), Rachel Mellor, Bradford, ENGLAND

Rachel Mellor

Work 01274 722560
Broadway House Chambers (Chambers of Rodney Ferm)


An integral part of Broadway House Chambers’ employment law, civil law and family law teams. Formerly a freelance advocate on the Midland and Western Circuits, she is a respected barrister who is a popular choice in cases involving complex areas of law. Employment law: a regular feature in the employment tribunals and is instructed in cases of considerable complexity, ranging from standard contractual matters and unfair dismissals through to TUPE claims and maternity/paternity leave disputes. Known for her persuasive style of advocacy and a down-to-earth skill in delivering difficult advice, Rachel is a key member of Broadway House’s highly-rated employment law team. Civil law: alongside her employment work, Rachel is also a civil litigator who appears in high-value claims on behalf of claimants and defendants. Her practice extends from personal injury and professional negligence claims to commercial and contractual disputes on the fast and multi-tracks. Has a burgeoning court-based and paperwork practice and is a reliable source of advice and representation. Family law: Rachel’s practice also incorporate a busy family aspect and she is similarly a popular member of chambers’ family law team.Accepts instructions in public law Children Act 1989 matters where there are serious welfare aspects or risks of very significant harm and regularly appears in the FPC, county and High Courts. Recent articles and seminars: ‘Developments in Discrimination Law’ in 2011/12 (October 2012) – Broadway House Chambers’ annual Employment Law Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Leeds (presented a review of the most important case law developments of the last year concerning discrimination in employment). ‘Employment Tribunal Procedure – All Change’ (Broadway Quarterly, September 2012) – in this article, co-written with Paul Smith, Rachel explores the implications of the coalition government’s reform programme to employment law, tribunals and procedure. ‘The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010: Who’s The Daddy?’ – (2011) Broadway House Chambers’ annual Employment Law Seminar, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Leeds (with Matthew Rudd) (an analysis of the mechanics of the new regulations alongside case studies. ‘Kernott v Jones: Determination of the Common Intention’ (Broadway Quarterly, August 2010) – Rachel discusses the implications of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Kernott v Jones [2010] EWCA Civ 578 on claims brought by formerly cohabiting couples under TOLATA.


Employment Law Bar Association; Family Law Bar Association; North Eastern Circuit; Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel for Employment Law (2012 to date).

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