Rachel is the co-director of Claiming Space, a Community Interest Company that she co-founded to provide training, advice and support to lawyers working with vulnerable populations. She has delivered training on self-care and the impact of vicarious trauma nationally and at numerous legal conferences. She featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Seriously…Barristers on the Brink’ speaking to Afua Hirsch on this issue.
Rachel is the former co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, a national group with over 3,500 members. During her time as co-chair, Rachel was jointly responsible for the strategic direction of the group and for co-ordinating its activities campaigning against legal aid cuts, promoting social mobility and protecting the interests of junior lawyers who believe in the importance of legally-aided work as a means of achieving social justice.
Rachel has written regularly for Solicitors Journal and Legal Action magazine on access to justice and social mobility issues.
Rachel’s background as a youth worker and in the voluntary sector makes her particularly skilled at working with vulnerable clients including young people, highly traumatised clients and those with mental health problems.