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About Me

RachelI have worked almost exclusively in complex care proceedings and non-accidental injury for many years; I joined Wollen Michelmore in February 2012 and continue to focus my work on the representation of parents.

I originally trained at the Bar but then cross-qualified as a solicitor.  Previously, I worked at William Bache & Co for five years where I became head of the family department and carried out the majority of the complex care proceedings.

I act for parents and carers within these complex proceedings which involve allegations of physical abuse such as shaken baby syndrome, fractures, bruises, factitious illness, etc. I work with clients all over the country (from Cornwall to Newcastle) and represent people in all courts including the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  I am a member of the Law Society’s specialist Children’s Panel.

As a result of the amount of NAI work I undertake, I have considerable experience in the area and have formed excellent working relationships both with barristers also specialising in this line of work and with medical experts who undertake reports for such cases.  Subsequently, I have had much success in securing a child’s return to their parents’ careYou can read what some of my client’s say about me below and over on the testimonials page.

I am one of the leading solicitors in the UK working in this area of the law and one of only a handful of legal practitioners who undertakes NAI work exclusively, you can read more about my recent cases here.

Some comments from a few of the parents I’ve helped:

“Our heart felt gratitude and appreciation for your hard work and perseverance.”

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“Thank you for your committed fight for our family, for being available at all hours, for painstakingly reading through our long emails, for riding with us through the highs and los and for never giving up.  We couldn’t have got through it without you.”

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“Without you things would have turned out differently. I can’t thank you enough for your support and kindness over the last 2 years. Rachel, your advice and guidance has been invaluable; at times it was hard to take your advice but… Z would not be home if I hadn’t. We owe you so much.”

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“Many thanks for all of your professional and emotional support an advice given over the past 12 months.”

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“Thank you for all of your hard work and kindness during the last eight months.  We know that without you the case may have lasted longer or have a different result.  We will always appreciate everything you have done.”

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“Thank you so much for your fantastic hard work and support over the last year. You were a pleasure to work with Rachel and it was comforting and reassuring to have someone so knowledgeable and understanding as you on the end of the phone. Thank you so much again for your tireless efforts and the fantastic job you did.”

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“Thank you so much for your ability to answer all my questions! It was always tremendously reassuring to me that you were always a phone call away. I doubt we will ever be able to articulate how grateful we are for you taking our case.”

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“Thank you for all the support you have given to PAIN over the years, we couldn’t have done it without you, you are an inspiration.”

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 ”I remain deeply grateful to you for all your efforts, so generously given.”