Rachel Rowley is the Head of Postgraduate Portfolio at Nottingham Law School, encompassing the Legal Practice Course, the Barristers Training Course, the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Academic Masters.
Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and remained in practice until 1991, when she joined the Law School as a senior lecturer, at a time when the then “new” Legal Practice Course was being developed and rolled out. Rachel transferred to the Bar in 1997 and practised in Nottingham and latterly Birmingham, specialising ultimately in serious and complex child protection cases, regularly appearing in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal on occasions as Counsel. She rejoined Nottingham Law School in 2015 to teach on the Bar Professional Training Course and the Legal Practice Course. She was made a Principal Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Post Graduate Portfolio in 2016. In 2018, she gained a Masters degree in Legal Practice. Rachel remains an honorary Tenant of St Philips Chambers, Birmingham.
Rachel’s particular area of interest and research has been in children giving evidence in Court proceedings, including a comparison of the procedures and the experiences of children in the criminal and family jurisdictions. Rachel is also very interested in the skill of advocacy and the ethical considerations of advocacy.