Rachel is highly experienced employment lawyer who advises UK and international clients on all aspects of UK employment law from tribunal claims, business reorganisations and transactions to day-to-day HR advice. She frequently assists employers and senior executives on exit strategies that work for all parties and has extensive litigation experience should situations escalate.
Rachel advises across a range of industries and clients including technology solutions, independent schools and colleges, charities, PR agencies, recruitment consultants and law firms. Rachel is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. She sat on the consultation board of the Practical Law Company employment law section from 2012 to 2014.
Rachel advises HR teams extensively on compliance with GDPR guiding them through the analysis their current handling of data to preparing staff privacy notices and data protection policies.
Rebecca Halford-Harrison is a strategically balanced but aggressive litigator.
Legal 500 2020
When the matter requires UK employment law expertise, we always look to Rachel to deliver superior commercial solutions, in a cost effective manner. We highly recommend her as counsel.
Andrew Martin, Managing Partner (London)
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
- Discrimination and bullying
- Actual and constructive unfair dismissal
- Wrongful dismissal
- Employment tribunal claims
- Collective and individual redundancy consultation
- Other restructurings
- GDPR preparation for HR teams
- Due diligence
- Employment contracts and individual consultancy agreements
- Policies and staff handbooks
- Defended a law firm from claims of disability discrimination from a solicitor who was dismissed for dishonesty;
- Advised an Higher Education college on the removal of their Principal following a disputed breakdown in the relationship between the Principal and the Governing Board;
- Advised an independent school with respect to the restructuring of its senior leadership team;
- Obtained a good settlement for a young woman who was bringing sexual harassment claims against a big 4 accountancy firm despite unauthorised removal of confidential data;
- Successfully avoided a claim of race discrimination being made against a software company;
- Obtained a good settlement for a woman against a large train company for disability discrimination in relation to both post-natal depression and work related stress, sex discrimination, constructive unfair dismissal and breach of contract;
- Supported various HR departments preparing for GDPR, including those with US parent companies;
- Delivered training sessions at CIPD events and to clients on various subjects e.g. equality and diversity, drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, performance and absence management;
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Rachel was recommended by the Legal 500 as a “sound, practical adviser”
Co-authored the Harvey Special report series, ‘Data Protection in Employment’
Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 1999. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2014, she worked at the following firms:
- Field Seymour Parkes
- Hogan Lovells