Rachel accepts instructions in all of Chambers' main areas of practice. 

Rachel was seconded to Ofgem from January to April 2020.

Before coming to Blackstone, Rachel worked as a lawyer at a leading human rights and law reform NGO for two years, in which role she worked with judges, policy-makers and MPs.  She also taught EU Law at Balliol College, Oxford and Medical Law at the LSE.  Prior to this, Rachel was Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed and Lord Carnwath in the UK Supreme Court, and spent a year at Harvard Law School as a Kennedy Scholar.

Rachel was elected to the Council of the human rights organisation Liberty in 2018. 

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Public & Regulatory

Rachel accepts instructions in all areas of public law. Rachel worked on public and constitutional law appeals as a Judicial Assistant in the UK Supreme Court, including: R (ota King) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] AC 384 (as to prisoners’ prolonged solitary confinement, fairness, and the ‘Carltona’ principle), R (ota Evans) v Attorney General [2015] AC 1787 (a challenge to the Attorney General’s purported override of a judicial decision ordering the release of memos sent by Prince Charles to Government departments), R (ota SG and ors) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] 1 WLR 1449 (on the ‘benefit cap’), and Pham v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] 1 WLR 1591 (about the deprivation of citizenship and proportionality review under EU and common law).

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Rachel accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' civil liberties and human rights practice. Rachel is currently instructed in four applications before the European Court of Human Rights.

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Commercial

Rachel accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation.

Rachel also worked on commercial law appeals as a Judicial Assistant in the UK Supreme Court, including: Arnold v Britton [2015] AC 1619 (as to the proper approach to contractual interpretation), ParkingEye Limited v Beavis [2016] AC 1172 (concerning penalty clauses), Anson v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2015] 4 All ER 288 (as to the UK/US Double Taxation Convention 2001).

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Public International Law

Rachel accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' public international law practice. Rachel is currently instructed in four applications before the European Court of Human Rights. 

Rachel also worked on appeals raising various international law issues as a Judicial Assistant in the UK Supreme Court, including: Pham v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] 1 WLR 1591 (as to the 1954 UN Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons), R (ota SG and ors) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] 1 WLR 1449 (as to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989), and Anson v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2015] 4 All ER 288 (concerning the UK/US Double Taxation Convention 2001).

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Employment

Rachel accepts instructions on all aspects of employment law.

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Professional Discipline

Rachel accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' Professional Discipline practice.

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Sport

Rachel accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' Sports practice.

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EU & Competition

Rachel accepts instructions in all areas of EU and competition law.

Before coming to Blackstone, Rachel taught EU law at Balliol College, Oxford. Rachel was seconded to Ofgem for 3 months, advising on a range of matters relating to the new price control and to judicial review.

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Achievements

Education

  • BA Law with Law Studies in Europe (Oxon, First Class Honours, 3rd in year)
  • LLM (LSE, Distinction, 1st in year)
  • LLM (Harvard, Kennedy Scholar)

Prizes and scholarships

  • Phoenicia Scholarship (Bar European Group, 2018)
  • Dean's Scholar Prize (Harvard Law School, 2016)
  • Kennedy Scholarship (Kennedy Memorial Trust, 2015-16)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln's Inn, 2012)
  • Lawyers' Alumni Prize for highest mark in the year (LSE, 2012)
  • 11KBW Prize for highest mark in human rights law (LSE, 2012)
  • Falcon Chambers Prize for Land Law (University of Oxford, 2011)
  • Balliol College scholar (2009-2011)

Publications

  • “Innovations in personally-delivered advice: surveying the landscape” (2018) JUSTICE, available here
  • "Applications to Set Aside Permission to Appeal and the Duty of Candour: R (Mohammad Shahzad Khan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 416”  (2017) 22 Judicial Review 157-164
  • “Planning, confiscation orders and ‘criminal lifestyle’: a square peg for a round hole?”  (2014) 9 Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 972-978

Volunteering and Pro Bono

Rachel has volunteered for Liberty's advice line since 2016, providing human rights advice to members of the public. 

She has also represented clients pro bono for the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and the Independent Provider of Special Educational Advice (IPSEA).

Moots

  • UK Environmental Law Association Moot (2014) - winner (judged by Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill)
  • European Law Moot Court (2012) - reached the regional semi-finals (in English and French)


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