Barrister Rachel Langdale

Rachel Langdale

Year of call: 1990  Silk: 2009

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“She is a gutsy advocate who isn’t afraid to take big decisions. She gets it right.”

– Chambers & Partners 2016

 

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Overview


What the Directories are saying:

“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

“Her command of the law is second to none” – Legal 500 2016

Rachel Langdale QC is described by clients as a “stylish and persuasive advocate”, “who takes a very inclusive team approach and is easy to work with.” Her advocacy is “skilful, often rapidly combining successive points with clarity”. “Not only is she legally sound, she is fantastic with people.”

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

Child & Family Public Law

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. Representing public bodies, Rachel has been described by clients as having “a calm and unflustered approach to complex matters, an ability to see the wood for the trees, and a refusal to get drawn into adversarial posturing.” Advice to clients is described as “clear, sensitive and thorough, reflecting careful, detailed preparation. She can impart complicated and wise advice in an easygoing manner which instills confidence and trust in her work”. A solicitor client says “I cannot recommend her highly enough”.

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)
  • Vice Chair of the Bar Council Ethics Committee

Child & Family Cases


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)
  • Member 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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