Rachel Langdale > Chambers of Collingwood Thompson QC > London, London > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Collingwood Thompson QC
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Work Department

Children law; public inquiries.


Rachel Langdale QC undertakes Children Law cases (public, private and international), Judicial Review and Public Inquiries.

In acting for parents and interveners in care proceedings, Rachel has extensive experience in presenting and challenging complex medical evidence. She is regularly instructed where causing death or serious injury is alleged. She has significant expertise in calling and cross-examining complainants of sexual abuse (with or without the use of a witness intermediary) and frequently acts on behalf of vulnerable adults.

In international cases, Rachel has been instructed in appellate work surrounding the use of Brussells II Revised (Articles 56, 15) and has argued jurisdictional points at first instance on behalf of individuals and public authorities. Rachel’s advice has been sought upon the need (or otherwise) for anticipatory injunctions to be obtained in circumstances where there is media interest in a case. She has advised surrounding the use of the inherent jurisdiction and wardship; safeguarding procedure and practice; applications of policy and the provision of services. 

Rachel is currently instructed as leading counsel in the Lambeth investigation in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. She acted for the South Staffordshire PCT in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012).Rachel has acted for local authorities and individuals in lengthy Inquiries surrounding the plight of children in care. She has also scrutinised the investigations or actions of statutory authorities in the context of judicial review and in the context of allegations made in the Care Standards Tribunal. Rachel provides a committed service to those she represents


  • Chair of the Bar Council Ethics Committee (joined 2009, VC 2016, chair 2017 onwards)
  • Member of the Queen’s Counsel selection panel (2018 onwards)
  • Bencher Middle Temple (2011)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Justice (independent charity, working to advance access to justice, human rights and the rule of law)


LLB Hons 1983-86; MPhil (Cantab) 1986-87; Bar finals 1989-90.

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Rachel Langdale QC


Combines an incredible eye for detail with an ability to see the big picture; her advocacy is a compelling mix of forensic skill and compassion.