Prosecutes and defends a range of serious crime with particular expertise in art crime
YEAR OF CALL 2015
2015: BPTC, BPP University Law School
2014: LL.B (Hons) University College, London
CPS Advocate Panel Scheme – Level 1
ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
Scholarships, Prizes & Awards
2014: Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholarship
2014: BPP University Law School Advocacy Award
2014: UCL Law Faculty Agha Abdur-Rashid Niazi Prize
2011: Ripon Grammar School De Grey Major Award
2008: Dean’s Bond University Law School Scholarship
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
Criminal Bar Association
Institute of Art and Law
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Young Fraud Lawyer’s Association
Overview of Practice
Racheal became a member of Chambers in March 2018, following the successful completion of her pupillage. She is developing a strong practice across Chambers’ main areas of expertise, in addition to building her experience in the Art Law field.
Racheal is building a strong practice in the interrelated fields of financial crime and regulation.
Racheal is currently seconded to both the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She is assisting in her capacity as a disclosure counsel with an ongoing SFO investigation. Meanwhile, she is seconded to the FCA’s Enforcement and Markets Oversight division where she is assisting with regulatory investigations.
Independently of her secondments, Racheal prosecutes and defends fraud and POCA matters (e.g. see R v SB ; and R v EW ).
Racheal appears daily for both the Prosecution and Defence in the Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Courts. She has acted for defendants charged with a range of offences involving: violence, dishonesty, drugs, public disorder, trade mark infringement, trading standards and motoring offences.
She is regularly instructed to defend cases of serious violence, particularly in the Youth Court where she has secured the acquittal of two teenagers charged with s.18 GBH (e.g. R v P ; and R v J  – see below).
In addition, Racheal is carving out a niche in the field of Art and Antiquities related crime. She has published papers on the legal regulation of art and is currently in the process of writing further articles exploring Fraud and Money Laundering trends in the art market for the Association for Research into Crimes against Art and the Institute of Art and Law.
She is often privately instructed to defend driving matters and has successfully advanced Exceptional Hardship arguments.
Racheal has previously been instructed as a junior in the Grenfell inquiry.
Racheal’s practice also encompasses regulatory work. She has appeared as a Case Presenter for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and in licencing appeals on behalf of Transport for London.
R v P : secured the acquittal of a 16-year-old in the Youth Court for s.18 GBH, Attempted Robbery, Possession of a Bladed Article and Breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order, requiring a detailed analysis of cell site data and the cross-examination of a 10-year-old Complainant.
R v J : successfully appealed the conviction of a 14-year-old convicted of s.18 GBH, Possession of an Offensive Weapon and a firearms offence in the Youth Court.
R v SB : prosecuted on behalf of the CPS a Defendant found guilty after trial of three charges of Fraud by False Representation relating to repeated attempts to obtain mobile phones from high street providers, passing herself off as a company director using forged material and genuine documentation obtained from Companies House.
R v EW : secured the acquittal of a client charged with Possession of Criminal Property, after the Magistrates’ accepted the overarching submission that the Crown had failed to prove that the £3,500 cash seized from his bedroom amounted to the proceeds of crime.
R v M : successfully raised self defence at the trial of an 18-year-old client prosecuted by a Senior Crown Prosecutor for a hate crime against a complainant with severe learning difficulties.