Rachael Cassidy

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Rachael acts in a broad range of private law cases for parents, grandparents and children through their rule 16.4 Guardians. She has experience of cases involving allegations of domestic violence and issues including substance abuse, mental health issues, parental alienation and allegations of harm to children.

Rachael also acts in cases with an international dimension including applications for leave to remove and child abduction cases.

Rachael is experienced in working with vulnerable clients. Prior to coming to the Bar, she was a qualified secondary school teacher and volunteered as a caseworker for the National Centre for Domestic Violence.

Rachael acts for all parties in public law proceedings relating to children, including local authorities, parents, grandparents and children through their Children’s Guardians.  She is experienced in dealing with a range of issues, including neglect, non-accidental injury, parental substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health issues. Rachael has acted in cases involving young people at risk of child sexual exploitation and gang-related activity, including cases involving secure accommodation.

Rachael is experienced in working with young people, having worked as a qualified secondary school teacher prior to coming to the Bar. She is also experienced in working with vulnerable clients, and whilst studying for the BPTC was a volunteer caseworker for the National Centre for Domestic Violence.

Rachael accepts instructions for all parties in Court of Protection matters, including local authorities and vulnerable adults.

Rachael acts in a broad range of family finance disputes, including financial remedies on divorce, TLATA 1996 applications involving cohabitants and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 in relation to financial provision for children.  She has experience in cases involving family trusts and third party interests, non-disclosure of assets, and cases with an international element, including Part III applications for financial relief following a foreign divorce. Rachael also acts and advises in enforcement proceedings and appeals.

Recent cases include ND v SD and others [2017] EWHC 1507, in which she acted as junior counsel for a husband who successfully defended allegations of sham in relation to a substantial offshore trust.

Reported cases
21st June 2017

ND v SD & Ors [2017] EWHC 1507 (Fam) (21 June 2017)

Mrs Justice Roberts dismisses Wife’s attack of a trust owning shares in companies worth £50m
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Rachael acts in proceedings with an international element in respect of both children and finances.  Rachael has experience in a broad spectrum of cases with a foreign dimension including cases involving substantial assets located outside the jurisdiction, applications for financial relief following a foreign divorce and international child abduction matters.

Professional Qualifications

Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School (Outstanding) (2013)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teach First) (Outstanding) (2012)
BA (Hons) Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge (First Class) (2011) (MA 2015)