Rachel Lewis 

Partner

Rachel Lewis 

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Accreditations

  • Chambers UK, 2016
  • Legal 500, 2015

Career

Joined Farrer & Co as a trainee solicitor in 1994 and has remained at the firm ever since, becoming a partner in 2002.

Education

Jesus College Oxford, BA Modern History; College of Law, London, CPE and LPC

Memberships

Industrial Law Society (ex member of management committee); Employment Lawyers Association.

The "tremendously supportive" Rachel Lewis is described as "a reassuring presence and very good with clients."

Chambers UK

Rachel provides advice across a full spectrum of employment issues to a diverse range of clients.  She acts both for employers and for senior employees.  Rachel has run significant employment tribunal claims involving complex discrimination and whistleblowing issues, and also has experience of mediation as an alternative to litigation. 

She has particular expertise in large scale redundancy exercises and restructurings, and has a strong pedigree in public sector work.  She has won praise from clients and legal directories for her pragmatism and the commerciality of her approach, focussing on finding effective solutions to seemingly intractable problems.  This fits with her track record of building up strong, long term working relationships with her clients' HR and management teams, enabling her to understand and add value to their business. Rachel also writes and lectures regularly on employment law issues.

Who we help

Rachel developed a particular interest in work for museums and galleries early on in her career. She has advised extensively on issues arising within the sector, including collective agreements and pay structures, equal pay and CSAB appeals - as well as industrial action. She has dealt frequently with obtaining Treasury approval for special severance arrangements, and has also advised on redundancy and restructurings within major museums.

She has conducted employment litigation on behalf of many of the national museums and has a strong track record in resolving complex issues for clients in this sector.

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Rachel has extensive experience of advising professional practices (particularly solicitors' firms and barristers' chambers) on a range of employment and partnership issues.

She has advised various sets of chambers on internal reorganisations and restructuring of clerking arrangements, as well as on disputes between members.

She has extensive experience of advising solicitors' firms on both partnership matters and on employment issues, including complex discrimination litigation. She is alert to the specific issues faced by clients in this sector and can draw on PR and reputation management advice in tandem with providing employment law expertise.

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Throughout her career, Rachel has acted for a number of charities and enjoys her work in this sector. She has advised on a full range of employment issues as they affect charities. She has advised charity trustees on their obligations in relation to ensuring value for money in employment settlements, and has also regularly provided training for trustees on employment law issues.

She has advised a variety of charities on restructuring, and has been involved in sensitive disputes with departing Chief Executives, all of which have ultimately been successfully resolved, and the charity's reputation maintained. She has also advised on TUPE as it affects charities providing contracted out services.

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