Rachel is a lawyer in our litigation and dispute resolution team.
Rachel regularly handles litigation in the County Court, First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and in more specialist divisions of the High Court.
Rachel’s practice comprises a broad spectrum of commercial disputes but she has particular expertise in contentious insolvency, debt recovery, landlord & tenant disputes and consumer rights.
Rachel’s recent cases include:
- representing a former Russian billionaire on a £40million bankruptcy petition in the Insolvency and Companies Court
- advising the directors of a company on a pre-pack administration
- acting for a liquidator in a claim against a former director for misfeasance and preference
- representing a corporate landlord in numerous contested possession claims arising out of Section 8 and Section 21 of the Housing Act 1998.
Rachel continues to advance a comprehensive commercial practice and frequently acts in areas where her specialisms overlap. Rachel acts for businesses as well as individuals, often retained on an advisory basis.
Prior to joining Debenhams Ottaway, Rachel worked for a top 5 accountancy firm in their fraudulent insolvency department. Rachel worked on high value and often high-profile bankruptcies, liquidations and administrations which were subject to investigations for fraud, money laundering and other financial crime.
Rachel is a member of the Hertfordshire Junior Lawyers Division.
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