Rachel has since 2006 specialised in professional disciplinary and regulatory law. Rachel acts for both the regulators (prosecuting practitioners) and regulated individuals (defending practitioners) in disciplinary proceedings. Rachel leads the team that acts on behalf of the General Optical Council (GOC) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The team’s work in this area includes investigation complaints, and preparing matters for hearing.
Historically Rachel acted almost exclusively for a wide range of regulators in the healthcare, social care and education sector. This experience has proved invaluable, giving her a unique insight and skillset, which she now deploys to great effect defending practitioners in these sectors (including, doctors, nurses, and teachers). She acts for clients with indemnity cover or on a private basis. Rachel also represents clients in interim orders proceedings, coroner’s inquests and in police/employer investigations.
The breadth of Rachel’s work in both prosecution and defence includes acting for clients in routine matters to numerous large, complex and high profile cases.
Rachel’s team are currently working with a leading regulator processing mapping its current disciplinary procedures, advising on changes to optimise efficiency, drafting a comprehensive process manual, preparing guidance and precedent documents for use by the regulators in-house team and drafting external stakeholder guidance for publication.
In addition to professional disciplinary work, Rachel has experience advising a number of higher/further education institutions in respect of student disciplinary matters (including investigation complaints and advising on disciplinary processes).
In the education sector, Rachel has recently acted for a large education provider challenging Ofsted findings by way of judicial review, including successfully obtaining an injunction preventing publication of the draft Ofsted report and an order preventing reporting pending the outcome of her client’s challenge.
Rachel utilises her sector expertise to assist corporate clients (both existing providers and those entering the market) advising on regulator matters in the areas of healthcare, social care and education. Including undertaking due diligence for transactions, advising on the regulatory impact of proposed corporate structures and bringing challenges against adverse inspections (for example, Ofsted, Care Quality Commission).