Rachael Earle

Profile

Rachael acts in a wide range of civil and commercial matters including commercial, contract, company, insolvency, civil fraud, property, and personal injury and travel litigation. 

Rachael regularly appears in the High Court and the County Court, and undertakes a range of pleading and advisory work.

Insolvency

Rachael has a particular interest in insolvency and civil fraud.

She has been instructed as sole and junior counsel in a number of insolvency matters, including: 

• A claim by joint liquidators for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy; 

• An appeal against Joint Liquidators' rejection of a proof of debt worth over €1 million;   

• A claim by Joint Trustees worth over £20 million against a bankrupt's former solicitors for negligent advice; 

• More generally, claims relating to preferences, transactions at an undervalue and extortionate credit transactions.

Commercial

Rachael has experience advising in commercial disputes involving issues of sale of goods, agency, commercial property and building/construction contracts. 

During her LLM she chose to specialise in Commercial Law, gaining an insight into corporate governance and corporate claims in restitution. 

Rachael has been instructed as sole and junior counsel in a range of commercial matters including:

• A claim relating to the misattribution and undervaluation of a Renaissance painting worth £22 million which also involved advising on jurisdiction and applicable law;

• Shareholder disputes, often involving allegations of unfair prejudice; 

• More generally, claims in unjust enrichment based on mistake and failure of consideration. 

Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Law and Travel

 Rachael advises on and appears in court in claims raising jurisdicitonal issues and conflicts of law. She is regularly instructed in respect of claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Athens Convention and the Montreal Convention. 

Pro Bono

Rachael is willing to undertake cases pro bono where appropriate. 

Rachael appeared in the Court of Appeal with Peter Knox QC and Rupert Butler in the widely reported case R v David John Bryant [2016] EWCA Crim 1245, in which they successfully appealed against Mr Bryant's conviction for an historic sexual offence. 

Memberships

COMBAR

Qualifications

LLM in Commercial Law (First Class) (Ranked 1st in College), Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent) BPP Holborn
BA (Hons) Law with French Law (First Class), University College London

Scholarships and Prizes

Darwin College Dean’s Award (2014)
Blackstone Entrance Exhibition (2012)

Languages

French (including study at Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III)