In Cheltenham – Rachel has been a lawyer for 14 years.
What type of legal advice do you provide and to what sort of clients?
I provide advice on anything to do with the people side of business. I work closely with the firm’s corporate team on the employment side of sales and acquisitions.
My clients are varied, and I work with all sizes of businesses from FTSE 100s to SMEs, including insurance companies, aviation, and defence as well as private equity houses. I support my clients across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. My advice stems from understanding my client’s business or personal imperatives, and to work determinedly alongside them to get them where they want to be.
What’s your most memorable outcome for a client and why?
Winning at tribunal is always memorable, more for the sheer relief from my clients that the tribunal agreed with them.
What is your number one tip for clients?
Sense check your decisions. A good lawyer will focus on achieving their client’s objectives, while minimising any litigation risks. For example, tribunal decisions can sometimes seem alien to businesses, who are trying to be efficient. I help my clients achieve those objectives while formatting them so as to reduce the chance of any challenge being successful.
How do you like spending your spare time?
I love team sports and, dare I say it, group exercise. I look forward to getting back into netball when restrictions ease. I have recently moved house and I have lots of projects to keep me busy, including a complete kitchen refit. Oh, and my two children keep me busy in between.