Rachel is a partner in our corporate crime and regulatory team and leads the public inquiries practice. She is recognised as a next generation partner in Legal 500. Rachel’s practice covers investigations and enforcement across a range of regulatory issues such as compliance advice and public inquiries, large scale inquests and internal investigations.
Rachel has the benefit of over 20 years’ experience advising businesses and the public sector at the most senior levels on regulatory investigations and enforcement action ranging from workplace fatalities and accidents involving the Health and Safety Executive and Police; fire safety; environmental offences; fire safety; food safety; trading standards and consumer protection.
The experience Rachel has gained advising organisations when things have gone wrong means she is well placed to support and advise organisations to proactively manage their regulatory risk. Her advisory practice goes beyond that, and she often supports clients prepare their business for significant regulatory changes none more so in recent years than as a result of Brexit.
Over the last 10 years Rachel has also built up a strong public inquires practice representing core participants called to give evidence at an inquiry. Almost without exception, public inquiries involve high-profile issues of significant public interest bringing her into the middle of some of society’s biggest issues and Rachel ensures her clients receive the very best support and representation to deliver the very best evidence to the inquiry.
Advising a Core Participant involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in preparation for and throughout the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.
Advising and representing a national gym operator through a health and safety investigation and coroner’s inquest.
We are the sole regulatory legal advisor to a large national hotel chain and have advised on issues relating to fire safety, health and safety, coroners’ inquests as well as advice on a range of regulatory risks. We support their incident management group response to a range of emergency issues.
Our client was issued with an HSE improvement notice requiring them to install alternative dock edge protection at considerable cost and without merit. We appealed the notice and the HSE withdrew the Notice.
"I just want to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with you throughout the EHO investigation and coroner’s inquest. This was a whole new experience for me and I’m so grateful for your support - You’ve made me a better H&S professional and for that I just want to say thankyou."
In anticipation of the adoption of the Building Safety Bill, our specialist compliance and regulatory team will give an overview of the measures proposed in the Bill.