Rachael Goodall > Chambers of David Berkley QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Rachael Goodall practises exclusively in the field of family law, with a particular emphasis on cases involving financial provision after divorce, dissolution or separation.  She is also instructed in private law children cases.

Rachael is one of the few barristers who is consistently recommended in both of the leading legal directories, Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. She sits as a Deputy District Judge (civil) and is authorised to hear private children cases.

The qualities possessed by Rachael include being “robust”, “tenacious” and having “superior attention to detail”.  Rachael is also reported as having “great empathy with clients” and is “extremely good at helping clients feel supported and getting their voice heard”.


Finance/Property Team

Rachael’s main area of practice is in this field and her expertise covers financial remedies on divorce or dissolution, cohabitation/co-owner disputes under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.  Most of her cases feature at least one of the following factors:

  • Family businesses
  • Large pension funds, particularly military or other public sector pensions
  • Non-disclosure
  • Inherited wealth
  • Non-matrimonial property
  • Family trusts
  • Intervening third party interests
  • Variation applications
  • Enforcement
  • Court of Protection applications in relation to property and affairs

Recent cases:

  • W v H (divorce financial remedies) [2020] EWFC B10

Acted for the wife in a case involving how £2.1m of pension funds should be shared. Successful in obtaining equal sharing of income in retirement, despite the husband’s pre-marital contributions . The case was before HHJ Hess, Deputy Lead Judge of the Financial Remedy Court.

  • H v H (2017)

Acted for wife in application for maintenance pending suit against husband who worked in a company run by his father.  Wife successfully awarded a generous amount of maintenance with an order for costs against husband on the basis that husband was intentionally depleting his assets, transferring shares to other family members and reducing his income to thwart her claim.

  • B v S (2017)

Acted for civil partner (‘S’) who lacked capacity in financial remedies application where Official Solicitor instructed to act as litigation friend.  Instruction of psychologist to report on effect on S of leaving the family home.  Successfully negotiated a favourable settlement shortly before final hearing that allowed S to remain in the family home.

  • E v E (2017)

Successfully opposed an application to set aside a consent order on the grounds of an alleged ‘Barder’ event.  Order for costs made against the applicant.

  • B v B (2016)

Acted for husband in application to downwardly vary and then terminate the order for spousal maintenance.  Court allowed husband’s application in its entirety on the basis that a joint lives order was converted into a 4 year term order with reducing amounts each year until termination with a section 28(1A) bar.

Private Law Team

Rachael is frequently instructed in applications for child arrangements orders, specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders that often include one or more of the following features:

  • Internal or external relocation
  • Living and contact arrangements
  • Entrenched/intractable disputes
  • Finding of fact hearings

Recent cases:

  • B v G (2017)

Acted for maternal grandmother of a 10 year old child who had tragically lost both of her parents.  There ensued a family dispute as to who child should reside with.  Rule 16.4 Guardian appointed.  Order for child to remain with maternal grandmother in what the judge described as an “overwhelming” case.  All contact ordered with paternal family was in accordance with maternal grandmother’s proposals.

  • D v D (2017)

Acted for father at final hearing for a child arrangements order.  Successfully secured more extensive contact than was recommended in the section 7 report following cross-examination of CAFCASS Officer and mother.

  • U v U (2016)

Acted for mother in successful application to relocate with children 5 hours away from father on the basis that she was moving closer to her family and support network.


Year of call 2000


  • Deputy District Judge
  • Western Circuit Pupil Advocacy Trainer
  • Western Circuit Women’s Forum Steering Group
  • Pupil Supervisor
  • Bar Council Retention Panel
  • FLBA Vulnerable Witness Training Working Group
  • Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit


Oxford Brookes (BA (Hons) Law and Politics).


Marathon running, snowboarding, travelling and cooking.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy) Ranked: Tier 2

Rachael Goodall3PBRachel is always thoroughly prepared and excellent with clients. Rachel is always available to assist on existing cases as and when the need arises. Rachel is an excellent advocate and makes the clients feel at ease.