Rachel Donald > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Rachel specialises in divorce and related financial matters and children cases. She also has particular expertise dealing with high value financial cases involving company assets, trust assets and farming businesses. Rachel regularly assists clients with wealth planning by advising couples entering into pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. She has advised international clients regarding the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement where assets were held in multiple jurisdictions, and where there are complex trust structures that require protection. Rachel has represented domestic and international professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners and their spouses. 

Alongside helping clients resolve complex financial issues arising from divorce, Rachel also helps parents to resolve arrangements for children and with other related issues including applications for permission to move out of the country with their children. She has considerable expertise in dealing with complex children cases involving allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and also parental alienation, often when the children in the case require their own representation by way of a guardian.


Trained Jackson Law Firm, Stockton-On-Tees; qualified 2008; associate director Penningtons Manches 2017


Resolution; Associate of Women Solicitors; Chair of Young Resolution North East (2007-12); Press Officer for Tees Valley Law Society (2007-12).


University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2005 – Law LLB 2:1); College of Law, York (2006 – LPC)

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

(Next Generation Partners)

Rachel DonaldPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s family team in Guildford has ‘great strength in depth in family law and a large number of very able and experienced solicitors’. Team head Veronica Gilmour is ‘highly emotionally intelligent’ and ‘particularly knowledgeable about pensions in divorce’; she is also a highly experienced mediator. Rachel Donald has extensive experience in nuptial and cohabitation agreements, having recently advised a cryptocurrency millionaire in relation to a divorce involving assets of £50m. Sarah Duckworth is particularly adept at dealing with cases involving family trusts and inherited wealth. Emma Willing recently joined the team from Mishcon de Reya LLP, while senior associate Gemma Kemp joined from Blandy & Blandy LLP  to bolster’s the department’s strength with her broad practice.