• Bar Council Ethics Committee (joined 2009, VC 2016, Chair 2017-)
  • Member of the Queen’s Counsel selection panel (2018-)
  • Bencher Middle Temple (2011)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Justice (independent charity, working to advance access to justice, human rights and the rule of law)

Instructing Rachel Langdale QC

For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0)20 7242 3555.

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

Legal Expertise

Family Law

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.

Notable Family Law cases

SR (a child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2738

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Re (a child) [2016] EWCA Civ 793, Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Prospective adoptive parents appealed against the making of a special guardianship order in favour of the paternal grandparents.

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Nottingham City Council v (1) LM (2) SD (3) M (by his Children’s Guardian) [2014] EWCA Civ 152

Appeal against Article 15 Brussels II Revised transfer request.

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Medway Council v (1) M v (2) F v (3) G (by her Children’s Guardian) [2014] EWHC 308 (Fam)

Theis J, withdrawal of application for a care order.

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Re J (A Child) (Learning Disabled Parent) [2013]

Defeat of application for a placement order.

Re AB (A Child) [2012] C/A EWCA Civ 858

Appeal surrounding nature and scope of Article 56 Brussels II Revised.

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Re C [2012] EWCA Civ 858

Moylan J, jurisdictional argument surrounding orders in Englishand Belgian Court (Article 12(3) Brussels II Revised).

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Re B (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 858

Appeal on behalf of mother in respect of transfer of residency to paternal grandmother.

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Re T (Intervener) [2011]

Securing discharge of client as party and witness upon the basis of human rights arguments.


Public Law

Rachel Langdale QC is currently instructed as leading counsel in the Lambeth investigation in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. She acted for the South Staffordshire PCT in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012).

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.

Notable Public Law cases

Lead counsel Lambeth investigation, IICSA (Ongoing)

Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012)

The Waterhouse (North Wales) Inquiry (1997-1998)

The Leicestershire (Beck) Inquiry (1992)


Inquests & Inquiries

Rachel Langdale QC is currently instructed as leading counsel in the Lambeth investigation in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. She acted for the South Staffordshire PCT in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012).

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.


  • Bar Council Ethics Committee (joined 2009, VC 2016, Chair 2017-)
  • Member of the Queen’s Counsel selection panel (2018-)
  • Bencher Middle Temple (2011)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Justice (independent charity, working to advance access to justice, human rights and the rule of law)

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