Rachel is a Solicitor and joined Family Law Group in January 2018. She works from our Nottingham office and specialises in public and private law children cases, with additional experience of domestic abuse matters.
Over her legal career of 25 years, Rachel has represented all family members including grandparents, extended family and guardians, she has experience in complex children cases involving injuries, cases with an international element and representing vulnerable adults with complex difficulties that require an official solicitor to represent their best interests before the Court.
Rachel has been involved with judgement proceedings regarding surrogacy cases and was reported Re: G. (Surrogacy: Foreign Domicile)  1 FLR 1047. http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed984
She started her law degree at Leicester University in 1990, Rachel then went on to graduate in 1993. Following this, she did her Legal Practice Course at the Nottingham Law School during 1994.
Rachel first worked with Simon Leach of Family Law Group in 1990, where she was a Paralegal working for him and then secured a training contract in 1994 in Lincolnshire. She undertook her training contract whilst working for the firm, where she eventually became a partner in the practice and ran the children’s department. Rachel has been a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel since 2000 and has undertaken specialist domestic abuse training.
Clearly passionate about her career, Rachel commented upon being a Solicitor that she is very interested in people and feels that it is important for everyone to have a voice and be represented at a time when they are in crisis. Her aim is to always put her clients at the forefront and work hard to get the best outcome.
Outside of her career, Rachel enjoys social time with friends and family and has a love of gardening and cooking, with a collection of over 175 cookery books. Her other real passion outside of work is following national and international show jumping.
Rachel is a Trustee of the Catherine Lyon Foundation, who raises funds to support children with brain injuries. She is an active fundraiser for the foundation and the charity recently raised £32,000, providing The Children’s Trust with £10,000 and £10,000 for the paediatric neuro ward at the Queens Medical Centre at Tadworth Court.
Taking an active part in her local community is important to Rachel, who is also on the local village hall committee where she sets up events to contribute to keeping the hall going. Finally, Rachel has recently been asked to assist a national charity by becoming a family law advocate for them.