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Rachel Cooper

Barrister
Call 2017

About Me

Rachel’s practice covers the broad range of family law cases. She is known for her tenacity, ability to quickly identify and focus attention on the key-issues and her ability to meet clients where they are and make them feel that their voices will be heard and listened to.

As part of her busy practice she handles matrimonial finance cases (including advising on pre-nuptial agreements and consent orders), disputes involving children (including HFEA / alternative families, Schedule 1 provision and relocation cases), international children law work (including relocation and abduction cases) and public law children work, including cases brought under the inherent jurisdiction and deprivation of liberty / secure accommodation cases.

Rachel has a particular interest in cases with an international element and is regularly instructed on cases involving access rights under the 1980 Hague Convention, Part III MPFA 1984 cases and cases involving allegations of FGM and forced marriage.

Rachel qualified as a solicitor in May 2015 after completing her training contract at Hanne & Co Solicitors and joined the private family law team. Rachel spent 6 months of her training contract working in Brussels in the Law Societies of England & Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland’s joint office reporting and lobbying on new legislation proposed by the European Commission.

From October 2015 until June 2016, she worked as a Court of Appeal Judicial Assistant to Sir Andrew McFarlane, now President of the Family Division, and Lady Black of Derwent, DBE, PC who now sits in the Supreme Court. Rachel joined Coram Chambers in October 2018 after completing her pupillage under Kate Hudson, Tosin Oguntayo and Nick O’Brien.

Rachel is the host of Family Law Week’s leading family law podcast which covers the full range of family law cases. In each episode, Rachel interviews a specialist family lawyer about a particular issue or case. Links to the back-catalogue week of podcasts can be found here.

Rachel is a member of the International Children Law group, Alternative Families group and the Domestic Abuse group in Chambers. Rachel has a good command of French and Spanish.

Enjoy a day in the life of Rachel here.

Reported cases

Rachel appeared for the children as junior counsel in the case of Re C (Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage Fact Finding) [2019] EWHC 3449 (Fam). This case concerned allegations of inter-generational forced marriage and FGM.

Children
Family Finance & Private Client
International
Human Rights
Direct Access

BA English Language and Literature (Euro) (Hons), University of Leeds / Université de Liège, Belgium (Upper Second Class)

MA International Relations, War Studies Dept., King’s College, University of London

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction); Legal Practice Course (Distinction); Bar Transfer Test, BPP University of Law

Languages

Spanish (intermediate)

French (intermediate)

Dutch (basic)

Memberships

Honourable Society of Inner Temple

Resolution

Association of Lawyers for Children

Family Law Bar Association

 

Articles

‘Pre-nuptial agreements: a decade since Radmacher’ (co-authored with Hannah Minty, Russell Cooke). A 2-part series published in the Resolution Review (Jan/Feb 2020 and March/April 2020)

Domestic abuse and service (Family Law Week, co-authored with Michael Horton, June 2020)
https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed211488

‘Surrogacy: BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’ storyline highlights legal issues for parents’ (Family Law Week, October 2019) https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed203434

Private law update (Legal Action magazine, co-authored with Sarah Tyler, Coram Chambers, January 2020)

The ECtHR recognising domestic abuse as falling within Article 3 ECHR following Volodina v Russia (Application No 41261/17), Coram Chambers International Children Law newsletter, September 2019.

Child Protection and the Family Court: What You Need to Know: A Book Review, Family Affairs (April 2019)

‘Domestic Abuse and the Family Court’ with Rachel Cooper and Elizabeth Simos of Ketley Miller Joels Solicitors, Simon Gore webinar series (March 2019)

MB v EB [2019] EWHC 1649 (Fam) (Financial remedies / costs) case summary: https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed201484

I can’t get no (just) satisfaction (co-authored with Alex Laing) Resolution Review (December 2017)

A day in the life of Rachel Cooper: https://www.familylaw.co.uk/news_and_comment/a-day-in-the-life-of-rachel-cooper

 Client Testimonials

“I instructed Rachel Cooper on a matrimonial finance matter as she was recommended to me by a colleague. Rachel has a fantastic manner in addition to the delivery of very sound, responsive and user friendly advice. I was able to bring my issues to a fairly swift conclusion and my only regret is that I did not instruct her much earlier.  I would not hesitate to recommend her in the future.”

“I would like to thank Rachel for her assistance direction and time with the case involving my daughter. It has been a really testing and nerve challenging time for the past few years and yesterday finally felt like a line was drawn under the matter, largely thanks to Rachel. Her help on my case was greatly appreciated. I hope that she will continue to rescue many lost fathers and mothers that find themselves in difficult custody situations.” 

“I cannot thank Rachel Cooper enough for her help and advice during what was by far the most difficult year of my life. I spent 7 days in total with Rachel in court as my barrister and she is wonderful. Kind, incredible attention to detail, very quick thinking, measured but boundaried when she needed to be with the respondent, but most of all, Rachel is just incredibly containing and highly attuned. Strongly recommend her, and Coram. Thank you for bringing my little family together.”

Chambers Awards

Chambers UK Bar
Leading Set 2020

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The Legal 500
Leading Set 2020

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Family Law Awards
Shortlisted 2019 Awards

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