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Rachel Cooper

Barrister
Call 2017

About Me

Rachel’s practice covers all aspects of matrimonial finance (including Part III MPFA 1984 cases), international children law work (relocation, abduction, Hague Convention cases), private children work (including alternative families) and cases involving allegations of parental alienation (private and public law).

In May 2015, Rachel qualified as a solicitor into the private family team at Hanne & Co Solicitors. During her training contract Rachel spent 6 months at the Law Societies’ joint office in Brussels (England & Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland).

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, now a Justice of the Supreme Court.

Rachel is the host of Family Law Week’s leading family law podcast which covers the full range of family law cases. Links to the back-catalogue can be found here.

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

Non-molestation orders: Valid Service in the time of Coronavirus (Part 2) (Family Law Week, co-authored with Michael Horton, July 2020) https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed212030

‘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

“Rachel was amazing, very understanding, easy to speak to and made me a lot less stressed about the day as soon as I met her. Can’t thank Rachel or yourself enough with regards to today- I’m over the moon! Thanks again!” Lay client, via Slater & Gordon solicitors

“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.” Direct Access client

“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.” Lay Client, via Makwanas Solicitors

“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.” Direct Access client

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 3, Episode 5
Resources (09/08/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined by Barbara Mills QC of 4PB.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 3, Episode 4
Resources (26/07/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined by Alex Laing, also of Coram Chambers, to discuss Deprivation of Liberty safeguards and more.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 3, Episode 3
Resources (16/07/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined by Nick Allen QC, Charlotte Trace and Emily Page of 29 Bedford Row in a costs special

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 3, Episode 2
Resources (29/06/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined by Charles Howard QC of 1KBW to discuss non-disclosure by parties in financial proceedings and Sch 1 CA 1989 claims.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 3, Episode 1
Resources (21/06/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined by Jenny Beck of Beck Fitzgerald

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 2, Episode 8
Resources (22/03/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined by Lucy Maxwell at 1GC to discuss the complications of the Covid-19 Coronavirus and the opportunity to move forward with paperless working.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 2, Episode 7
Resources (15/03/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined by Dr Rob George of Harcourt Chambers to discuss inherent jurisdiction in recent applications for the return of children alleged to have been wrongfully removed from another jurisdiction.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 2, Episode 6
Resources (12/03/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Suzanne Kingston from Mills & Reeve to discuss family arbitration, pre-nuptial agreements, Moor J’s recent case concerning compensation and making compensation claims in financial proceedings, conduct and costs in family proceedings.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 2, Episode 5
Resources (23/02/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Nkumbe Ekaney QC to discuss diversity at the bar and in the legal profession generally, use of s.43 CA orders in radicalisation cases, FGM cases and the relationship between findings in the criminal and family courts.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 2, Episode 4
Resources (17/02/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Harry Gates and Samantha Woodham of The Divorce Surgery to discuss Family Law reform.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 2, Episode 3
Resources (10/02/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Laura Naser of Pennington, Manches Cooper LLP

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 2, Episode 2
Resources (27/01/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Nigel Dyer QC of 1 Hare Court discussing online divorces, Part 3 financial claims after a foreign divorce, and detection and preservation in financial remedy claims

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Season 2, Episode 1
Resources (19/01/2020)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Zoe Bloom, partner, Keystone Law.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 7
Resources (31/12/2019)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Joint Head of Coram Chambers, Mark Twomey QC

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 6
Resources (09/12/2019)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Eleri Jones

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 5
Resources (03/12/2019)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Anarkali Musgrave

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 4
Resources (25/11/2019)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Hannah Markam QC of The 36 Group.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 3
Resources (17/11/2019)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Cyrus Larizadeh QC, the newly appointed Chair of the FLBA

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 2
Resources (11/11/2019)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers looks at this week’s news and cases.

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 1
Resources (04/11/2019)
Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers looks at this week’s news and cases.

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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