Rachel Clark > Bright Line Law > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bright Line Law
BRIGHT LINE LAW
CENTRAL COURT
25 SOUTHAMPTON BUILDINGS
WC2A 1AL
England
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Position

Barrister and Associate

Career

Rachel specialises in cases involving tax disputes (both avoidance and evasion), advising clients on how to approach HMRC to best effect at all stages of a potential investigation. This can span the strategic advantages of self-reporting, responding to an information notice or disputed assessment, and mitigation of penalties. In her practice at the Bar, Rachel draws on her previous experience as a lawyer in the tax team of a major city law firm.

Rachel also regularly advises on financial crime matters (including cash forfeiture, civil recovery, confiscation, search warrants, unexplained wealth orders, corruption, bribery and fraud) and works closely with Lead Counsel Jonathan Fisher QC.

This means she is particularly well-placed to advise on tax matters also involving money laundering and proceeds of crime issues.

Rachel accepts instructions to appear before the Tax Tribunals and the criminal and civil courts, including on behalf of the Crown.

Recent cases

  • Successfully represented the Crown in a three-day appeal against multiple convictions, together with the subsequent sentencing (Basildon Crown Court)
  • Instructed in account forfeiture proceedings (Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court)
  • Regularly appears for the Crown in the Magistrates’ Courts
  • Appeared as sole counsel representing the family in a three-day jury inquest (Bournemouth Coroner’s Court)
  • Advised a company specialising in high value collectibles on anti-money laundering, anti-tax evasion, anti-bribery and whistleblowing procedures
  • Assisted in the preparation of an expert opinion for use in high profile arbitral proceedings in connection with an SFO investigation
  • Heavily involved in advising on the merits of appealing an enforcement receivership order in a high value fraud matter
  • Assisting in the analysis of risks of an unexplained wealth order being issued to a high-profile individual
  • Assisted on advice relating to conspiracy to defraud the Home Office
  • Supporting lead counsel on judicial review of search warrant issued in context of tax investigation

Languages

English, French

Memberships

The Hon. Society of the Inner Temple, Revenue Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association, Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Education

BA in English Law, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (2009)
Master 1 in French Law, Université Paris II (2011)
Accelerated Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School (2012)

Qualification as a solicitor in England & Wales (2015)
Higher rights of Audience (Civil) (2017)
Call to the Bar of England & Wales (2018)