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Rachel Barrett

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 1 departments
Ranked in : Employment
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Rachel Barrett
An impressive employment law junior who has made appearances in the highest courts in the land. 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's incredibly thorough and perceptive, and has great client skills." "She navigates through tricky legal issues in a down-to-earth manner and puts everything into getting the right result for the client."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Bilsbrough v Berry Marketing, successfully arguing that in order to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights, UK whistle-blowing law should be interpreted to prevent detrimental treatment of people who research or consider making protected disclosures.
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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: Gray v Mulberry Co (Design) Ltd [2020] ICR 715; NUPFC v Certification Officer [2020] ICR 607; 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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