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Rachel Flynn

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Practice Areas

Rachel has two distinct areas of experience and expertise. As an employment lawyer, she brings a common-sense perspective to complex problems and is well versed in resolving employment and commercial issues strategically, using negotiation, mediation and litigation. As a qualified workplace mediator with a client base that includes both businesses and their executives, she is experienced in advising on exit strategy negotiations and in tribunal claims.

In addition, Rachel has an industry-leading specialism in the horseracing and equine world, acting for a range of businesses and individuals in the sector, including Turf TV and the European Breeders’ Fund, on a wide range of legal issues, often where industry knowledge is required. She is also personally involved in the racing industry as an owner and former amateur jockey.

Rachel brings value, commercial insight and a client’s perspective to HR issues having spent a period as a main board director of British horseracing’s administrators, Weatherbys. She also delivers leadership and people skills training to the British Racing School’s trainers’ licensing courses.

Career

Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2015, Rachel worked at Taylor Vinters.

Professional Memberships

Founder member of Women in Racing

Member of the Employment Lawyers Association

Publications

Horace Hayes’‘bible’ 'Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners and Westlaw Encyclopaedia' on the subject of ‘horses’.

Experience

Employment:

- Advising on restrictive covenants and negotiating the exit of a director on agreed terms within 48 hours

- Successfully defending in the employment tribunal a claim by the former MD for unpaid wages

- Dealing with the management and exit of an employee raising multiple complaints of discrimination and several grievances

- Strategic commercial advice on issues arising from an intended team move

- Advised an educational institution on challenging employment issues.

- Advised Racing UK, Turf TV and RMG on various employment issues.

- Strategic TUPE advice for a leading stud farm

Horseracing and equine:

- Principal legal advisors to the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, providing a legal advice helpline to their 2,500 members.

- Legal advisors to the European Breeders’ Fund, advising on strategic constitutional issues and internal restructure.

- Acting for a leading UK stud in relation to a dispute with Tattersalls over the sale of a horse in training.

- Advised a well-known Newmarket stud farm on various thorny employment law issues.

- Advised Jockey Club Racecourses on a diverse range of legal issues.

- Dealing with professional negligence claims against veterinary surgeons and negotiating settlements with the Veterinary Defence Society

- Advising on contracts for the sale and training of international show jumper

- Advising on a contract for sale and part ownership of a valuable broodmare prospect to the US

- Dealing with insurance claims relating to first-season infertility of stallions

- Successfully defending at trial a tribunal claim against a Newmarket stud

- Speaker at British Horseracing Authority trainers’ course on leadership skills

- Advising the Thoroughbred Breeders’Association and British Horseracing Authority on their guide, ‘Healthand Safety in the Racing and Breeding Industry‘

- Acted for a leading and acquisitive force in the global horse racing, breeding and bloodstock world

- Acted for a leading racehorse trainer regarding their intended proposed changes to the horse racing industry standard staff employment contract to reflect their own modern working practices

- Acted for a horse racing related charitable housing organisation based in Newmarket, which was planning a restructure of one of its divisions and had received initial advice on the employment implications of its intended proposal

- Continue to advise the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association on a wide variety of legal enquiries on behalf of its 3000 members

- Acted for a high profile major Newmarket based stud owner in relation to employment law advice

- Advised on a dispute over the sale of a leisure horse for a significant sum in circumstances where buyer and seller had their names and reputations to protect but the horse was unsatisfactory for veterinary reasons and owing to its unpredictable behaviour