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Work Department

Personal Immigration
Modern Slavery & Trafficking Team
Specialist Family & Immigration Team


Rachel is a specialist family and immigration law barrister with particular expertise in the overlap between these two practice areas. She has a broad family law caseload covering complex private law children matters, cases involving serious domestic abuse, care, adoption and family finance. In immigration law she represents and advises clients in modern slavery and human trafficking, asylum and human rights cases.

Rachel has a particular aptitude in working with clients of exceptional vulnerability and is committed to legal aid work. In 2019 Rachel was awarded the LAPG Special Award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards. This is only the third time that the LAPG has made this award, which recognises exceptional commitment to access to justice.

Rachel regularly delivers training on the intersection between family and immigration law, alongside specific training on modern slavery and human trafficking.


Rachel is the co-director of Claiming Space, a Community Interest Company that she co-founded to provide training, advice and support to lawyers working with vulnerable populations. She has delivered training on self-care and the impact of vicarious trauma nationally and at numerous legal conferences. She featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Seriously…Barristers on the Brink’ speaking to Afua Hirsch on this issue.

Rachel is the former co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, a national group with over 3,500 members. During her time as co-chair, Rachel was jointly responsible for the strategic direction of the group and for co-ordinating its activities campaigning against legal aid cuts, promoting social mobility and protecting the interests of junior lawyers who believe in the importance of legally-aided work as a means of achieving social justice.

Rachel has written regularly for Solicitors Journal and Legal Action magazine on access to justice and social mobility issues.

Rachel’s background as a youth worker and in the voluntary sector makes her particularly skilled at working with vulnerable clients including young people, highly traumatised clients and those with mental health problems.


Year of call: 2012


Immigration Law Practitioners Association
Young Legal Aid Lawyers (former Co-chair)
Bail for Immigration Detainees
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children


BA Hons English Literature (Durham University), First Class
Graduate Diploma in Law (University of Law), Distinction
Bar Professional Training Course (University of Law), Very Competent