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Rachael Russell


Rachael joined Brachers in June 2014 as an employment solicitor. Rachael provides HR and employment law advice to both the private and public sector advising on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters.


  • Employment law & HR
  • Corporate support and TUPE transfers
  • Settlement agreements
  • Employment tribunal claims


  • Kent Law Society
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Institute of Leadership and Management


Prior to joining Brachers, Rachael trained and qualified into employment law in October 2012 at a regional law firm in Cardiff.

Rachael acts for a wide variety of clients, including businesses and individuals, and is regularly asked to advise on day-to-day employment queries, including disciplinary/grievance matters and settlement agreements.

Rachael frequently provides transactional support on company acquisitions and mergers and assists members of the team with the complex employment aspects on business restructures. Rachael also deals with tribunal litigation claims relating to unfair and wrongful dismissal.

Rachael is a qualified coach and mentor having completed the ILM’s Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring – clients often find this as added value when seeking to enhance their HR strategies with a particular focus on encouraging employee engagement. Rachael was educated at Portsmouth University and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London in 2009, with a distinction in employment law.

Recent testimonials

“Very understanding, thorough and pleasing to deal with, and made me feel at ease.”


Trade Union Bill proposes significant changes to industrial action

The Trade Union Bill proposes to make extensive changes to the law on industrial action. What changes will this bring and how will it affect your business if it becomes law? Read more


Social media – how dangerous is this to your research and development?

Social media has revolutionised the way in which people communicate and in some instances but how much information does a company really want to share online with the public? Read more


Mental health and the impact on the manufacturing industry

Mental health issues have been a common focus in recent press articles and it is easy to see how employers might struggle to know what to do. Read more


Woolworth’s decision: collective redundancy consultation to be site based

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently delivered some good news for employers whose workforce operates across a number of sites. Since an earlier decision in 2010 there has been much legal debate on the correct interpretation of the law where an employer proposes to make large scale redundancies. The “Woolworths” case saw the issue of the correct interpretation of “one establishment” which rose through our judicial court system. Read more


Government “crackdown” on zero hours contracts

We suspect that many of you will have heard of the phrase “zero hours contracts” and our earlier article, posted by Abigail Brightwell on 20th May 2014 provides a detailed overview of these contracts, including a discussion on what they are and why they were in the spotlight earlier this year. Read more

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Supreme Court rules employment tribunal fees as unlawful

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Unison against the legality of the current system of employment tribunal fees and has ruled that the employment tribunal fees regime is unlawful. Read more


Government announces plan to extend shared parental leave to include grandparents

By 2018, the Government intends for all working grandparents to be entitled to shared parental leave and pay. Read more


Limited companies can bring a claim for direct discrimination under the Equality Act 2010

In the case of EAD Solicitors v Abrams, it was held that because a corporation can be a discriminator, it too can be on the receiving end of discrimination. Read more


The Enterprise Bill has had its first reading in the House of Lords

The Enterprise Bill has had its first reading in the House of Lords, the second reading is due to be on 12 October 2015. Read more


Lidl to become first UK supermarket to pay the full living wage to workers

The German supermarket revealed today that from next month it will pay is staff a minimum of £8.20 an hour across England, Scotland and Wales and £9.35 an hour in London Read more


Dates set for EAT to hear Lock case on holiday pay and commission

Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd hearing dates set for the ETA. Read more

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