Barrister Rachel Langdale

Rachel Langdale QC

Year of call: 1990  Silk: 2009

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“Exceptionally well prepared and a force of nature in the courtroom.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

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Overview


Rachel Langdale QC undertakes Children Law cases (public, private and international), Judicial Review and Public Inquiries.

What the Directories are saying:

  • “Exceptionally well prepared and a force of nature in the courtroom.” – Chambers & Partners 2018
  • “She’s well thought of in her field, forms an extremely good rapport with her clients and is really good to work with. She is massively hard working, always prepared and tenacious in her advocacy.” – Chambers & Partners 2017
  • “She is a gutsy advocate who isn’t afraid to take big decisions. She gets it right, takes big technical decisions and shows good judgement. She has a very attractive, understated style as an advocate and a plain-speaking manner. She is also good on the medical side.” – Chambers & Partners 2016
  • “She was excellent throughout our case. There was a lot at stake for our clients, and at times there was a need to be really quite assertive with some senior people. She handled the clients very well indeed and proved to be a skilful advocate at the inquiry.” – Chambers & Partners 2015
  • “She is bold and courageous in making her points, but sensible with it too.” “She is brilliant, very courteous in the courtroom and brings a sense of calm, but never lets go of the issues.” – Chambers & Partners 2014
  • Tenacious, bold and relentless.” – Legal 500 2017
  • “Her command of the law is second to none” – Legal 500 2016
Child & Family

Child & Family


In acting for parents and interveners in care proceedings, Rachel Langdale QC has extensive experience in presenting and challenging complex medical evidence. She is regularly instructed where causing death or serious injury is alleged. She has significant expertise in calling and cross-examining complainants of sexual abuse (with or without the use of a witness intermediary) and frequently acts on behalf of vulnerable adults.

In international cases, Rachel has been instructed in appellate work surrounding the use of Brussells II Revised (Articles 56, 15) and has argued jurisdictional points at first instance on behalf of individuals and public authorities.

Rachel’s advice has been sought upon the need (or otherwise) for anticipatory injunctions to be obtained in circumstances where there is media interest in a case. She has advised surrounding the use of the inherent jurisdiction and wardship; safeguarding procedure and practice; applications of policy and the provision of services. She also undertakes relocation cases, and provides a committed service to those she represents.

Memberships


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Bencher Middle Temple
  • Justice (independent charity, working to advance access to justice, human rights and the rule of law)
  • Chair of the Bar Council Ethics Committee

Child & Family Cases


Public Law

Public Law


Rachel Langdale QC was instructed in Silk by the South Staffordshire PCT I in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012). This involved, in conjunction with junior counsel (Rob Harland), the analysis of a wealth of evidence; the calling of witnesses; and the drafting of written (and oral) opening and closing submissions.

Rachel has acted for local authorities and individuals in lengthy Inquiries surrounding the plight of children in care. She has also scrutinised the investigations or actions of statutory authorities in the context of judicial review and in the context of allegations made in the Care Standards Tribunal. Rachel provides a committed service to those she represents.

Memberships


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Bencher Middle Temple
  • Justice (independent charity, working to advance access to justice, human rights and the rule of law)
  • Chair of the Professional Practice Committee of the Bar Council

Public Law Cases


  • Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012).
  • The Waterhouse (North Wales) Inquiry (1997-1998).
  • The Leicestershire (Beck) Inquiry (1992).
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