Rachel’s wide-ranging commercial practice (covering contentious and non-contentious matters) includes all commercial aspects of international and domestic disputes, but particularly international trade, shipping and maritime work, construction disputes, agency disputes, contracts for the sale and carriage of goods, insurance and re-insurance. Rachel is experienced in mediation as well as arbitration and has also advised in relation to and appeared on a number of recent commercial High Court applications for injunctive relief (anti-suit and freezing orders).

In March 2004 Rachel was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown – Panel C. She was promoted to Panel B in March 2008. In 2010 she was appointed as a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates. In 2017 Rachel is acting a Special Advocate in the judicial review proceedings brought against the Government in relation to the continuing supply of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in the conflict in Yemen.

Key cases & testimonials

AB Bank (Off-Shore Banking Unit) OBU v Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC [2016] EWHC 2082 instructed in a significant Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers Trust case involving a number of international banks. Proceeding in the Commercial Court. Considers a number of difficult extra-territorial issues relating to jurisdiction (incl. jurisdictional gateways), procedure and discretion, including whether the English Court has jurisdiction to permit service out of a “Norwich Pharmacal” application against an international bank where the only action currently proceeding against that international bank is the NP application itself.

O v P [2013] EWHC 3855 (Comm) Instructed to advise in relation to and to appear on behalf of international logistics group company Applicant/Intended Claimant in ex parte application in Commercial Court for an anti-suit injunction and declaratory relief. Advice in relation to shipping Agency dispute and evidence generally and more specifically in relation to procedure and anti-suit injunction, supporting declaratory relief.

Confidential (2016) Instructed in significant civil fraud matter issued in Commercial Court. Advancing claims against a number of individuals and corporate entities in breach of contract, breach of trust, fraud and conspiracy, misrepresentation, dishonest assistance, unlawful interference with economic interests including proprietary and equitable remedies and restitution (for monies had and received).

Confidential (2016)
Instructed to advise Owner of yacht (lost in a fire/sinking) in relation to potential claim against Lloyd’s Underwriters/brokers regarding alleged material non-disclosures and alleged failure to comply with insurance policy subjectivities

LS Instructed to advise on an urgent basis in relation to financing dispute which had arisen between shipyard and Owner company.

Rachel is a very hard-working, bright barrister with a vast amount of experience in shipping, commodities and commercial disputes.Legal 500 2024
Rachel is an excellent strategist with great tactical nous to boot. She has a phenomenal ability to get to grips with highly complex materials.Legal 500 2024
She was quick to understand our points and executed them flawlessly. She was completely in sync with our objectives.Chambers & Partners 2024
Rachel is a commercially focused practitioner and she is able and intelligent.Chambers & Partners 2024
She is very accessible and her availability is excellent.Chambers & Partners 2024

Further information

Hardwicke Scholar (1998-1999)
Sir Thomas More Bursary (1998-1999)
Wolfson Scholar (1997-1998)
Exhibitioner at Christ Church (1994-1997)

1993–1997 – Christ Church, Oxford University BA (Hons 1st Class), Law with Legal Studies in Europe
Exhibitioner 1994–1997
1995–1996 Konstanz University, Germany, LLM (finalised December 1999), German/Comparative law
1989–1993, Lutterworth Grammar School, GCSE, A-Levels and S-Levels (distinction)

German (fluent) & French (good working knowledge)