Rachel is regularly instructed in multi-day hearings in all areas of employment and discrimination law, including breaches of the Equality Act 2010, unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages, whistleblowing, health and safety detriment/dismissal and detriments related to trade union activities. Rachel works for a wide range of clients, on behalf of both Claimants and Respondents. She has a particular expertise in all areas of discrimination law, issues concerning employment status,cases involving trade union activities, holiday pay and privacy applications. Rachel has a busy advisory practice, as well as providing drafting services for both Claimants and Respondents.
Rachel is also developing an appellate practice, having appeared in front of the EAT both led by Jack Mitchell and in her own right. Most recently, Rachel successfully represented the Appellant in the first appellate case on flexible working applications.
Rachel has burgeoning experience as an independent investigator, including conducting investigations into disciplinary allegations and dealing sensitively with allegations from an anonymous complainant.
Rachel also has unique experience assisting with an internal race equality review at a school in the wake of the BLM movement, touching on every aspect of the organisation.
Rachel is also able to provide assistance with internal hearings, having represented an NHS Trust in internal MHPS proceedings against a senior doctor.
Before coming to the Bar, Rachel spent a year working as a paralegal in the employment department of a leading City law firm, assisting with all aspects of employment litigation on behalf of Claimants and Respondents. Her work included conducting a large disclosure review, preparing for an interim relief application in a whistleblowing matter, drafting witness statements and advising during grievance and disciplinary matters.
Rachel recently provided training to a number of organisations on discrimination law issues arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic. She has also provided specific training on sexual harassment and disability discrimination matters.
Rachel has co-authored an article published in the Employment Law Association Brief on the topic of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. She has also co-authored various Westlaw Insight articles on industrial relations.