Rachael acts in a wide range of commercial matters including company, insolvency and civil fraud.
She appears in the High Court and regularly before insolvency Registrars.
Rachael has a particular interest in insolvency and civil fraud.
Her experience includes:
• Acting in a £3 million claim against the former officers of a company involved in a substantial fraud against a public education authority.
• Acting in a one-day High Court trial on behalf of the German tax authority, successfully challenging a Debtor’s centre of main interest.
• Acting (led by Simon Davenport QC) in a claim by Joint Liquidators for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy.
• Advising and drafting statements of case in relation to an appeal against Joint Liquidators' rejection of a proof of debt worth over €1 million.
• Advising on a claim by Joint Trustees worth over £20 million against a bankrupt's former solicitors for negligent advice.
• More generally: acting in various contested winding up and bankruptcy petitions on behalf of creditors and debtors, acting in claims relating to preferences, transactions at an undervalue, extortionate credit transactions, transactions defrauding creditors and orders for sale (with associated beneficial interest / equity of exoneration issues).
During her LLM, Rachael specialised in Commercial Law with an emphasis in corporate governance and corporate claims in restitution.
Rachael has been instructed alone and as junior counsel in a range of commercial matters including:
• Acting (led by Peter Knox QC) in an arbitration appeal before the Boxing Board of Control concerning manager / promoter contracts and issues of breach of fiduciary duty and the duty of trust and confidence.
• Advising (led by Simon Davenport QC) in a claim relating to the misattribution and undervaluation of a Renaissance painting worth £22 million which also involved advising on jurisdiction and applicable law.
• More generally: directors’ disqualification proceedings, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, derivative claims and claims in unjust enrichment.
Rachael advises on and appears in court in claims raising jurisdicitonal issues and conflicts of law. She is regularly instructed in respect of claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Athens Convention and the Montreal Convention.
Rachael is willing to undertake cases pro bono where appropriate.
Rachael appeared in the Court of Appeal with Peter Knox QC and Rupert Butler in the widely reported case R v David John Bryant  EWCA Crim 1245, in which they successfully appealed against Mr Bryant's conviction for an historic sexual offence.
LLM in Commercial Law (First Class) (Ranked 1st in College), Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent) BPP Holborn
BA (Hons) Law with French Law (First Class), University College London
Darwin College Dean’s Award (2014)
Blackstone Entrance Exhibition (2012)
French (including study at Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III)