After completing her training contract at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Rachael joined the Charity & Social Enterprise department as a solicitor in April 2018. During her training contract, Rachael undertook a wide range of general private client work including charity advice and complex tax planning. She also had experience representing corporate clients on large, high-value, cross border transactions. Rachael spent the final six months of her training contract on secondment to the casework team at the human rights charity Reprieve.

Before training as a solicitor, Rachael qualified as a teacher and spent two years teaching at a state secondary school on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.

Examples of Recent Work

  • Advising on the formation and registration of a new charity
  • Advising on constitutional and operational issues for charities, including advising on conflicts of interest, procedure and other governance matters
  • Advising on grant agreements and funding arrangements

Qualifications and Career

  • University of Cambridge, First Class BA (Hons) History, 2011
  • Teach First Leadership Development Programme
  • University of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction, 2014
  • University of Law, L.L.M. in Professional Legal Practice, Distinction, 2015
  • Trainee Solicitor, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, 2016 – 2018
  • Secondment to Reprieve, September 2017 – March 2018
  • Admitted as a solicitor in March 2018

Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments

  • Teach First Futures Mentor, since 2016
  • Former trustee, holiday co-ordinator and safeguarding officer of Campus Children’s Holidays (2010-2015)
  • Work with various international and local charities on legal pro bono projects