Rachel Barnet



Rachel is an Associate in the Employment team. She advises corporate and individual clients on a wide range of employment law matters. Rachel qualified in 2017.

Rachel has significant experience in bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims including claims for unfair dismissal, complex discrimination, equal pay and whistleblowing. She acts for a wide range of public and private sector clients in doing so.

Rachel also supports clients on their day-to-day HR issues, including advising on disciplinary and grievance processes, performance issues, redundancies and TUPE. She has a particular specialism in advising on data protection compliance in employment contexts, and is also key contact within the team for advising on Consultancy Agreements, IR35 and Apprenticeship Agreements.

Rachel trained with Ashfords and qualified in 2017. Prior to this, whilst undertaking her conversion course to law, Rachel carried out Pro Bono work for the National Centre for Domestic Violence and for a Family Law Advice Clinic.

Relevant experience

  • Large public sector healthcare organisation - regularly advising and representing on complex employment issues and Employment Tribunal claims. This has included advice on complex contractual arrangements, employment governance and safeguarding issues, general employment relationship advice, advising on specific healthcare policies and procedures, organisational change and re-structuring and advice on data protection issues and compliance.
  • Large public sector body – advising on equal pay and associated risks in relation to planned changes to pay and grading systems.
  • Various clients, including a global software and services company – advising on a range of data protection issues including subject access requests and data protection compliance in relation to various HR processes.
  • Wholly-owned subsidiary of public body – advising and representing the client in defending an Employment Tribunal claim, as well as providing support on day-to-day HR issues.
  • Music teacher – represented the client in bringing Employment Tribunal proceedings against their public sector employer to gain recognition of worker status and associated rights.


Awards and Accreditations

Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2024

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