Rachel Bennett

Rachel Bennett

Call 2002

Rachel studied Law at the University of Cambridge under the direction of Tony Weir, during which time she also sang as a Choral Scholar in Trinity College Chapel Choir. She subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at the Inns of Court School of Law, and City University, London. After completing her academic studies, Rachel worked for several years as a Paralegal in a broad range of legal practices including family, crime, personal injury, general civil, compliance, and conveyancing. Alongside this, Rachel worked as a Special Constable in Bedfordshire Police and later Devon & Cornwall Constabulary. In Bedfordshire, she gained the rank of Special Inspector and Tutor Constable, and was awarded two Chief Constable’s Commendations and three Divisional Commander’s Congratulations for exceptional service. In 2008, Rachel cross-qualified as a Solicitor and subsequently became Supervising Solicitor of Exeter University’s Community Legal Helpdesk, a pro bono legal assistance service based at Exeter County Court, staffed by volunteer law students. Rachel was responsible for training the students, guiding them through legal research tasks, and creating and maintaining all the organisation’s policies, procedures and operating systems. Under Rachel’s leadership, Exeter University Community Legal Helpdesk was awarded the Attorney-General’s Prize for the Best New Student Pro Bono Activity in 2013, as well as LawWorks status in 2015. Additionally, Rachel was an Associate Lecturer in Law at Exeter University, teaching and examining in the Law of Torts, Negotiation and Advocacy, as well as writing Negotiation examinations. Rachel has also worked as a freelance legal researcher, and in this role was commissioned by a former prison Governor and adviser to the secretary of state for justice to produce research on the topic of extremism in prisons and the rehabilitation of radicalised offenders.
Rachel grew up in Yorkshire but moved to the South West in 2003 where, in her spare time, she enjoys walking and exploring the coast and countryside with her children and partner. Rachel’s hobbies also include singing professionally both in the UK and internationally, teaching singing, and choral conducting.
Rachel began a specialist Family Pupillage in November 2018 and is now accepting instructions in all private and public law matters, matrimonial and financial remedy proceedings, and applications under Part IV Family Law Act 1996 (Domestic Violence).

Qualifications

    • University of Cambridge (Trinity College) – MA (Cantab) in Law
    • City University, London – Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills

    • Inns of Court School of Law – BVC – Very Competent

Scholarships:

  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple – Harmsworth Exhibition
  • Cambridge University (Trinity College) – Choral Scholarship

Professional Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Incorporated Society of Musicians – MISM
  • SRA – Solicitor (non-practising)