Rachel Cooper > Chambers of Andrew Thomas KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Thomas KC
Lincoln House Chambers
M3 3BZ

Work Department

Business crime and Financial Regulation
Criminal Law
Professional Disciplinary
Health and Safety
Civil Law


Rachel has a common law practice encompassing all areas and levels of criminal work; personal itBury claims; professional disciplinary actions (focusing on medically related work); regulatory work; and immigration appeals. She is very familiar with the use of medical and engineering evidence and often deals with expert witnesses. She is experienced in dealing with clients suffering from mental health problems.


Rachel is an established senior junior barrister who’s practice is focused on criminal, professional disciplinary and regulatory law. She has a particular expertise in cases involving mentally disordered or vulnerable defendants, complainants or witnesses and is therefore frequently instructed in cases where defendants have mental disorders or challenging behaviour.

Rachel has frequently been commended for her ability to maintain productive and harmonious client relationships whilst dealing with challenging behavioural issues. Rachel is also regarded as a tenacious trial advocate and is regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend in serious criminal litigation, both as the trial advocate or as junior counsel. Her practice encompasses the full range of cases including: murder and manslaughter, serious sexual and violent offences; large-scale drugs conspiracies; firearms and armed robbery offences; and serious fraud offences.

In professional disciplinary areas Rachel has significant experience in representing medical professionals in tribunal hearing instigated by their regulators. Rachel has represented clients at all levels before the GMC and NMC. Prior to coming to the Bar Rachel worked for the Healthcare Commission and would routinely review treatments with medical experts. She has applied to this her practice in medical practitioner defence, and has considerable experience in dealing with medical, technical and expert evidence. Rachel is therefore very well placed to deal with allegations that arise from both criminal misconduct and also negligence.

In other regulatory areas Rachel has particular experience in prosecuting and defending in regulatory offences dealt with in the criminal courts. She has particular expertise in prosecutions brought by Local Authorities. Areas of expertise include: health and safety, trade descriptions, food safety, fire regulation and environmental offences.

Prior to joining the bar Rachel was a legal adviser in the Magistrates Court and so has extensive knowledge of road traffic law. She continues to undertake this work in the Magistrates Court on a privately instructed basis. Rachel is authorised to accept public access instructions.



Criminal Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association.


Durham University and University of California, Berkley (awarded a place on the Dean’s list) (Classical Studies 2(1)); University of Central Lancashire (2005 Dip Law (Distinction and the Graduates’ Association Prize for Meritorious Performance)): Manchester Metropolitan University (Bar Exams and competed in the finals of the National Negotiation Competition). Awarded the Dr Baron Ver Hayden Der Lancey Prize by Middle Temple for her achievements on the BVC.


Live music; playing guitar; scuba diving; running and swimming; carpentry; painting and drawing; reading and cinema.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Rachel CooperLincoln House ChambersRachel always delivers 100% of the time. She is both very able and capable and it is immediately clear to lay clients from their first meeting with her that she is totally committed and her eye for detail and preparation is faultless. It is both a pleasure and privilege to work with Rachel. She is great whether dealing with a guilty plea and mitigation to conducting a full trial.

The members at the ‘excellent’ Lincoln House Chambers includes members highly experienced a wide range of criminal law matters, spanning across road traffic offences, sexual offences, violence, drug offences and financial crime. The set houses the reputable Kate Blackwell KC who has a thriving criminal law practice and Richard Dawson  has an impressive practice and has been active in multiple injury and death by dangerous driving cases. Simon Csoka KC is also notable and has considerable expertise handling cases involving organised crime, fraud, and murder. Simon Gurney  has a well established practice and has particularly expertise in defending individuals facing substantial fraud prosecutions, as well defending allegations of historic sexual abuse. Rachel Cooper  has a broad criminal law practice and is often instructed on cases where defendants have significant mental health needs. She recently represented the defendant charged with death by dangerous after a collision decapitated a back seat passenger.