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.
Rachel is a founder member of Women in Racing and a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
I have enjoyed talking with you and have appreciated the friendly and timely manner with which you dealt with this matter.
Rachel Flynn of Keystone Law has an excellent understanding of the horse racing industry and an ability to cut through the 'legal speak' and present options clearly. The project for the European Breeders Fund was thoroughly researched and delivered on time.
Kerry Murphy, Chief Executive
Pragmatic, practical and responsive, Rachel understands our business and is always commercial in her approach. I would recommend her for employment work, particularly to anyone involved in horse racing.
Adrian Ford, CEO
Rachel and I struck up an immediate rapport and she was an extremely helpful adviser and confidante in what proved to be a long negotiation requiring patience but also perseverance. Rachel was always available and prepared to meet locally or in London to suit. She was quick to respond with helpful and practical changes or contract amendments as well as important legal ones. It was also a pleasure to work with a solicitor who was prepared to look for the big issues rather than nit-picking items. The final solution was achieved amicably and successfully with both parties satisfied.
Bill Dastur, Finance Director
I was truly grateful for your help and equine expertise- sometimes peace of mind requires more than just a handshake!
Julia Hammond, Owner
“Rachel was knowledgeable and yet had a very practical approach that cut through the issues and got things resolved satisfactorily. Having used two other employment lawyers I would strongly recommend Rachel - she definitely stands out for me."
Whilst nobody wants to find themselves needing employment law advice, when it happens you need someone that not only knows the law but understands the impact such situations have on individuals. Rachel Flynn has been a pleasure to work with, a great combination of legal expertise with pragmatism and a touch of humour just at the right time. I would definitely recommend working with Rachel and the team at Keystone Law.
Executive Director, People & Performance
Thank you very much for everything, your help was extremely useful. Thanks to your advice I felt safe and signed the agreement today
Leading Technology Company
Rachel Flynn’s pragmatic and practical approach to our employment law issue, combined with her knowledge of the racing and breeding industry, led to a quick, efficient and satisfactory resolution. I would recommend her to anyone with a similar issue
Oliver Gaisford-St. Lawrence
Stud Manager, Aislabie Stud
- Settlement agreements
- Dismissal, disciplinary, and grievance procedures
- Employment documentation including terms and conditions of employment, staff handbooks, directors service agreements, and consultancy agreements
- Employment law training and workshops
- Restructuring and redundancy
- TUPE and outsourcing and tenders
- Defending and bringing employment tribunal claims
- Discrimination, unfair dismissal,and wrongful dismissal claims
- Redundancy, restructuring, and outsourcing
Horseracing and equine
- Disputes relating to the sale and purchase of horses
- Veterinary negligence claims
- Recovery of debts including livery fees, stallion nomination fees, and training fees
- Bloodstock and equine contracts including sale agreements, syndication agreements, foal share agreements, and multiple ownership schemes
- Terms of business
- Health and safety in the equine industry
- 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
- 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
- Managed out longstanding CEO of large charity in sensitive circumstances requiring tact, diplomacy and strategic negotiation skills. This allowed the charity to manage their departure and the CEO to leave in an organised way with dignity
- Providing The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s legal assistance to a members’ telephone advice scheme to its 2,500 thoroughbred breeder members
- Advising within 24 hours in writing on the employment implications of a proposed reorganisation/restructure between two related charities
- Provided guidance to The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association members on child and vulnerable adult safeguarding.
- Advised on changes to the constitution of The Racing Foundation
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Rachel Flynn has a specialist focus on the horse racing industry and acts for businesses and trainers on the full range of issues arising in the field. Clients say she is “thorough, pragmatic and understands the industry,” adding: “She is very good at getting to the point and simplifying complex issues.” Chambers UK 2020
Recognised in the Legal 500 2020 for Sport
Rachel Flynn of Keystone Law is praised for her “pragmatic and empathetic” approach to horse-racing matters, with sources noting that “she understands this industry inside out and upside-down.” Chambers UK 2019
Recognised by the Legal 500 2018 for Sport
“Quick, practical, clear communicator” Legal 500 2018
“Extremely helpful” Legal 500 2018
“Really understands the industry and cuts through to the key issues” Legal 500 2018
Consultant solicitor Rachel Flynn of Keystone Law is singled out by sources for her deep experience and practical approach. She specialises in terms of business, data rights and employment issues. She recently assisted the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association with its legal helpline, which provides assistance for its 3,000 UK members. Chambers UK 2018
Rachel Flynn is recognised by the Legal 500 2017.
Clients say Rachel Flynn of Keystone Law stands out for her “ability to cut through the legal speak and explain options in layman’s terms,” as well as her “excellent understanding of the bloodstock industry and horse racing.” She recently advised Racing UK and the British Racing School on various employment and safety issues. Chambers UK 2017
Speaker at 2012 National Annual Equine Law Conference in Kentucky; British Equine Veterinary Association Annual Congress 2012 and Winter Conference 2011; British Racing School’s trainers’ and supervisory management courses & Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, Country Landowners’ Association, Agricultural Law Association and National Stud courses. Published: Horace Hayes’ ‘bible’ Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners and Westlaw Encyclopaedia on the subject of ‘horses’.
Consistently top-rated in Legal 500 and Chambers for horseracing and bloodstock.
Legal 500: ‘particularly excellent; her knowledge and expertise in the industry are unparalleled’, ‘efficient and effective’ and ‘knows the bloodstock industry like the back of her hand’. Also rated a rising star for employment work.
Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 1994. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2015, she worked at Taylor Vinters.