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Rachel Frost-Smith

Solicitor

Biography

I'm a solicitor in the Divorce and Family Law Team, working in Cambridge and London. I advise on all aspects of private family law, with a focus on resolving the legal issues arising following relationship breakdown.

I qualified with a Magic Circle City firm where I advised multi-nationals on corporate tax. I then moved to Hong Kong, and worked for a top accountancy firm, 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 when drawing up pre-nuptial agreements.

I have a great deal of experience with complex child-related cases. This includes those involving allegations of parental alienation, domestic abuse, and substance misuse, and cases involving social services.

I am familiar with working with vulnerable adults, and in acting swiftly to obtain court orders to regulate occupation of the family home, and protect victims of abuse.

I am also qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings). Whilst I will always try to reach agreement, I am a determined litigator when the need arises.

What inspired you to get into law?

My English literature teacher in Sixth Form said that my tendency to always formulate an opposing argument to a proposition would be an asset for a lawyer, and he was right. I loved my law degree, and feel very fortunate to have a job where I can continue to be academically challenged, whilst coming up with practical, workable solutions.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

Working with clients to attain their objectives, during what is usually a very stressful time. In particular, when safe and appropriate, formulating arrangements that ensure children have a relationship with both parents, and their extended families.

Knowing that a good outcome is likely to benefit children, and influence their journey to adulthood, and consequently positively impact on society as a whole.

What do you do away from the office?

I love modern art, and am also a regular at the British Museum. In the Autumn and Winter I enjoy a dog walk, followed by a traditional Sunday roast at the pub.

I have 4 children, 3 of whom are adults. I'm sure that I'm now learning more from them than I taught them, particularly about technology, social media and contemporary culture.

Testimonials

“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

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