1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Rachel specialises in both financial remedies and children matters; clients can retain her for all aspects of proceedings following relationship breakdown. She has dealt with numerous, intractable disputes over child arrangements.  She has had particular success in securing equal shared care on behalf of parents seeking full and equal involvement.

Her work in financial remedies has encompassed a broad range of issues, including disputes over company assets, partnership disputes and assets held by third parties.  She has experience of representing clients in medium to higher net value cases at both High and County Court level.

Rachel also has considerable experience in dealing with international and internal relocation disputes, and abduction cases.

She is committed to, and continues to act in the public law arena, namely complex care proceedings as well as Court of Protection work.

Rachel welcomes Direct Access and in recent years she has enjoyed the oportunities to work on this basis. Rachel is readily able to establish a good working rapport given her friendly and approachable manner.

  • Children (public law)

    Rachel has experience representing all parties, with extensive local authority and Guardian work as well as parents. Her cases have involved fatal and very serious injury to children, sexual abuse and factitious illness, frequently at High Court level. She has also dealt with Public Interest Immunity issues.

    Notable cases:

    London Borough of Wandsworth v M, A, C and J [2017] EWCA 2435 (Fam)

    A county council v SB, MS and AA [2011] 1 FLR 651

    Re M v Islington Borough Council [2001] NLJ 1665

    Re N (Contested care Application) [1994] 2 FLR 992

  • Children (private law)

    Rachel has extensive experience with cases where the dispute concerns parental alienation, sustained separation of a child from a parent, and cases involving serious allegations of physical/sexual abuse allegations.

    A large proportion of her children practice involves dealing with relocation applications, both external and internal and abduction cases.

  • Court of Protection

    Rachel deals with financial issues in the Court of Protection, as well as welfare issues.

  • Family finance & property

    Rachel is experienced in Schedule 1 CA 1989 applications including applications for settlement of property, income, and school fees.

    Rachel has covered a great variety of financial remedies, with a broad range of asset value including high value cases in excess of £5m. She has extensive experience dealing with company and disputed assets typically held by third parties, and has dealt with a large number of cases involving foreign assets. She has appeared in the Chancery Division in order to deal with property issues, and jurisdiction issues in the High Court.

  • Domestic violence & injunctions

    Rachel covers Hardship and Injunction Proceedings in the High Court.

  • International family law

    Rachel has worked on external relocation applications, and on issues of abduction to both Hague and non Hague countries which have also involved contempt proceedings, and recovery.

  • Notable Cases

    A County Council v SB, MA and AA [2011] 1 FLR 651

    Re N (Contested Care Application) [1994] 2 FLR 992

    Re M v Islington Borough Council [2001] NLJ 1665