I’m a solicitor in the Divorce and Family Law Team, working in Cambridge and London. I have a varied caseload encompassing all aspects of family law.
I qualified with a Magic Circle City firm where I advised multi-nationals on corporate tax. I then moved to Asia, living in Hong Kong and Tokyo. I worked for one of the big four accountancy firms, advising banks and global entities on cross-border structures.
I later requalified as a family lawyer. My background is particularly useful when advising on the financial implications of divorce and drawing up pre-nuptial agreements. I enjoy working with colleagues at Irwin Mitchell in our Private Wealth Division, and providing a cohesive full-service to our clients.
I have a great deal of experience with complex child-related cases. This includes those involving allegations of domestic abuse, substance misuse, parental alienation and cases involving social services. I regularly advise members of the extended family, such as grandparents and step-parents.
I am a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings). Whilst I will always work hard to reach an agreement, I am a determined litigator when the need arises. I can offer my clients the option of representing them at court, and the benefit of continuity of care and the reassurance of a familiar face.
I won ‘Lawyer of the Year’ at the 2020 Cambridgeshire Law Society awards.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I enjoy a good debate, and despise injustice.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Working with clients to attain their objectives and supporting them at what is often a very stressful time. When safe and appropriate, formulating arrangements that ensure children have a relationship with both parents and their extended families.
Coming up with imaginative solutions that take account of the law and practical issues. I love a challenge.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I am privileged to live in Central Cambridge, from which I can easily walk to the pubs in Granchester, and catch a train to visit the British Museum.
I have four children and over the last 24 years have baked many cakes, chaired a Parents' Association and the junior section of a rugby club. Having a sense of humour and being able to cope on little sleep are two important qualities for parents.
“Rachel was absolutely brilliant. Professional and polite, she very quickly puts you at ease and nurtures trust and respect. In the face of adversity she was the voice of reason!” - Client
“Rachel was a rock to me throughout.” – Client
“I got the exact result I wanted. They have a strong reputation and they are a modern firm. Rachel is very personable and clear in communicating”. - Client
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