Rachel is a Solicitor Advocate and joined Family Law Group in January 2018. She works in the Nottingham area 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.
"Rachel took on our family matter in summer 2016. She was very attentive and listened to our situation and explained clearly where we stood. At all times she was open and clear with explanations and the law. She made us all at ease and guided us through the procedure. There was lots of worry and she was very reassuring at all stages at the court hearings and without her we would have been at a loss. Rachel is professional at all times and will guide clients without fuss. We would highly recommend her."
"Rachel Maclean was my solicitor during a very sensitive case from May 2016 to April 2017.
This was shown by the time and care she took whilst interviewing me. She quickly appreciated the delicate nature of the situation and showed great empathy. This required her to listen but understand the importance of what I was saying in relation to the law. I felt comfortable and trusted her judgement and legal guidance.
During the 5 court hearings that took place Rachel prepared me for what was going to happen and gave guidance and support when needed throughout. She gave me the confidence to carry on even when times were tough and communicated with me at every opportunity.
I was updated on all situations on the case and given advice if needed. Rachel acted in a professional manner at all times giving her upmost efforts and this was clear when in April 2017, I was successful in winning my case.
I would thoroughly recommend Rachel to anyone requiring a solicitor due to her experience and performance."