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Rachel Barrett

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 1 departments
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Employment - London (Bar)

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Rachel Barrett
Rachel Barrett is an impressive employment law barrister who has made appearances before the highest UK courts. She acts on behalf of both claimant and respondent clients and handles a wide range of matters including breach of contract, whistle-blowing and disability discrimination.
Strengths: "She is a brilliant tactical technician, who is really good at finding the answers." "She is able to pick up really complex issues very quickly and turn them into easily digestible facts, and she is very client and solicitor-friendly." "She has a very high level of empathy, she is very committed to her clients, especially vulnerable clients, and she will speak to them at their level."
Recent work: Successfully appealed against the decision that found that foster carers were not workers and could not form a trade union.
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Practice Areas

Rachel has a varied employment, discrimination and human rights law practice. She specialises in cases with crossover equality and human rights law issues, has particular expertise in whistle-blowing law, and is in demand as sole or junior counsel in legally complex and novel litigation. Rachel also undertakes inquests and public inquiry work.

Career

Called to the Bar in 2012. Judicial assistant to Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge in the Supreme Court in 2014-2015. Appointed to the EHRC B-Panel in 2019. Fee-paid Employment Judge from 2020.

Reported cases include: NUPFC v Certification Officer [2021] IRLR 588; Gray v Mulberry Co (Design) Ltd [2020] ICR 715; Bou-Simon v BGC [2019] 1 All ER (Comm) 955; Kilraine v Wandsworth [2018] ICR 1850; Gilham v Ministry of Justice [2018] IRLR 315; Simpkin v Berkeley Group [2017] 4 WLR 11; McCann v State Hospital Board for Scotland [2017] 1 WLR 1455; Blackwood v Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust [2016] ICR 903.

Professional Memberships

ELBA, ELA, DLA, ALBA, BHRC, HRLA, Justice, INQUEST, Advocate.

Publications

Co-author of OUP’s Employment Law and Human Rights. Contributing author to Supperstone’s Judicial Review, Bullen & Leake’s Precedents of Pleadings, Lewis & Buchan’s Clinical Negligence and Sweet and Maxwell’s Human Rights Practice. Researcher on Baroness Hale's Mental Health Law.

Personal

Rachel studied at SOAS (BA History and MA Chinese Studies) and worked in mental health before becoming a barrister.

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