Rachel is a specialist Civil Barrister. She enjoys a thriving practice in general civil with particular emphasis on Property and Housing. She has been praised for her tenacity, determination and sound, thorough legal knowledge by clients, judges and opponents. She is committed to providing practical advice in a timely manner and pays attention to detail in complex factual and legal matters. Rachel has been described by clients as courteous, very personable and approachable.
Before coming to The 36 Group, Rachel completed Pupillage at Arden Chambers during which time she undertook a secondment at Newham & Havering LBC in their housing department working on Judicial Review cases and homelessness as well as statutory nuisance. She also undertook a secondment at Hyde Housing Association during which time she dealt with anti-social behaviour injunctions, evictions, suspension of warrants, boundary disputes, nuisance, hoarding, Manchester v Finn/Sheffield v Hopkins applications and other housing and property related disputes.
Before coming to the Bar, Rachel worked as a Legal and Finance Associate at Seneca Banking Consultants dealing primarily with claims against banks in the pre litigation stage that engaged in the sale of Interest Rate Hedging products, Fixed Rate Tailored Business Loans, GRGs, Annuities and Currency Swaps. Rachel handled a case load of over 150 clients including premiership footballers, hoteliers, accountants, private residential and commercial landlords, private student halls of residence companies, private hospitals, farmers, car dealerships and private individuals. Her experience included drafting pleadings and conducting negotiations. The highest pre-litigation negotiation solely handled was for £4.5 million in favour of a private landlord and letting agent.
Rachel also worked as a Catastrophic Personal Injury Paralegal at DWF and Costs Paralegal at Horwich Farrelly Solicitors on behalf of some of the Europe’s biggest insurance companies. In both positions she drafted documents such as witness statements, defences, Part 18 requests, Points of Dispute and Precedent H forms.
Property & Landlord and Tenant:
Commercial and Residential Property
Easements and Covenants
Business tenancies under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and land registration
Service Charges and improvement works
Mobile Homes Act 1983
Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants) Act 2010 disputes
Right to Manage provisions under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002
Enfranchisement provisions under the Leasehold Reform, Housing, and Urban Development Act 1993, as well as the Housing Act 2004
Regulation 13 Costs.
Civil enforcement in the county courts and High Court (Chancery Division)
The application of CPR 85
Civil Restraint Orders
Interest Rate Hedging disputes
Fixed Rate Tailored Business Loans disputes.
Public Law, Judicial Review, Procurement, Local Government and Welfare Benefits:
The Equality Act 2010
Articles 8 and 14
Homelessness Judicial Review Claims
Housing Benefit, Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance
Waste Disposal Regulations
Delegated authority and agency.
Housing, Homelessness, Human Rights, Discrimination:
Mutual Housing Cooperatives
Section 21 and section 8 notices seeking possession
Disrepair and Hazards
Unlawful and retaliatory evictions
Anti Social Behaviour Injunctions and Committal Applications
Specialised knowledge of Housing Act 1996, Housing Act 2004, Housing Act 1985, Housing Act 1988, section 11 Children Act 2004, Equality Act 2010 and public law defences.
The College of William & Mary, Virginia, USA, Draper's Company Scholarship, LLM in American Legal Studies (2012)
Queen Mary University Of London, LL.B (Hons) First Class (2011)
Manchester Metropolitan University, BPTC (2013)
Right to Manage: A Brief Overview. Co-written with Ibraheem Dulmeer of the Leasehold Advisory Service, 19 October 2016, featured on Lexology and the Leasehold Advisory Service website.