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Rachael Levene

Year of call 2006, Gray's Inn  

Areas of Expertise
Employment, Mediation, Special Education Needs

Employment: Band 3
"Rachael's approach and 'bedside manner' are exemplary, particularly when dealing with vulnerable individual clients. This is coupled with exceptional technical expertise."

Chambers and Partners 2024

"Rachel puts forward very credible and compelling submissions on the technical legal arguments. Her approach to cross-examination is balanced and completely appropriate when dealing with a litigant in person, and she makes her points effectively without being aggressive or oppressive."

Legal 500 2024

"Rachel is incredibly talented. She is able to put witnesses at ease and talk to them in a way that makes them feel confident that she will put the best case forward. Her communication is excellent and instructing solicitors have entire total confidence in her ability to represent clients very well."

Legal 500 2023

Employment – ranked Tier 1
“Her practice includes whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases.

Legal 500 2019

"Experienced in discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing matters."

Legal 500, 2017

"Experienced in discrimination cases."

Legal 500, 2016

"She is tenacious, with extensive legal knowledge and a good client manner."

Legal 500, 2015

"Personable and persuasive."

Legal 500 2014

"demonstrates considerable talent"

Legal 500 2013


Rachael Levene

Rachael is a talented barrister of over fifteen years call. She has a growing practice and is very popular with her clients. She is an expert at putting witnesses at ease and develops their confidence quickly.

She prides herself on flawless preparation and is able to get through large amounts of information with relative ease. She is then able to find a practical solution for what may, at first glance appear to be a highly complex matter. 


Rachael Levene accepts instructions in all areas of Employment Law. She also acts as a Mediator, having qualified as such in 2020.

In Employment Law, Rachael acts for both Claimants and Respondents. She provides advisory and drafting services on all areas of Employment Law. Rachael provides a professional and down-to-earth service.

Rachael also frequently appears in the civil courts on matters concerning discrimination in goods and services and related claims. Rachael has experience of complex cases at the Multi-Track level, and has successfully defended claims involving multiple Claimants.

She is a problem solver who combines intellectual rigour with a warm and friendly manner. This appealing combination has led to her receiving a wide variety of instructions in the following areas:

  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Discrimination, in all its forms
  • Employment Status
  • The Contract of Employment
  • Whistleblowing
  • Working Time
  • Industrial Relations
  • TUPE

In her Mediation work, Rachael has experience of mediating on complex and emotional matters. Rachael takes pride in her ability to quickly develop trust with those she is mediating between. In finding common ground between parties, Rachael is skilled in navigating a path to settlement, sometimes with creative solutions.


A McDermott v 1) Sellafield Ltd 2) Nuclear Decommissioning Authority 3) H Roberts: [2023] EAT 60

Rachael acted for the Second Respondent over a 2 day EAT hearing against 2 KCs. The appeal followed a 3-week ET hearing in 2021 and the tribunal having awarded costs in favour of both Respondents. The claims against the Second Respondent relied the doctrine of agency. Rachael successfully defended the appeal on liability.

Dakin v Brennan (2023)

Rachael represented the Respondent, an individual against whom multiple claims of pregnancy and sex discrimination had been brought. The claims arose following a commercial dispute between the parties. There had been press attention in the case prior the final hearing. All claims were successfully resisted, and there was similar press attention in the outcome.

Sivyer v East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (2023)

Rachael successfully defended an array of complaints of whistleblowing detriment following the Claimant’s employment in a mass vaccination centre in a multi-day ET hearing. The case carefully considered the issue of a protected disclosure and causation.

Postis v Leeds Beckett University (2022)

Rachael represented the university in a multi-day hearing to defend claims of constructive unfair dismissal and victimisation brought by an academic of French origin. The evidence was voluminous and went back many years. Following careful cross-examination, the Claimant withdrew his claims. Rachael successfully negotiated that the withdrawal was accompanied by a payment of costs.

A McDermott v 1) Sellafield Ltd 2) Nuclear Decommissioning Authority 3) H Roberts (2021)

Rachael represented the Second Respondent. The liability hearing took place across 3 weeks. The Claimant brought claims of whistleblowing detriment and victimisation. To succeed against the Second Respondent, the Claimant had to show that there was a relationship of principal and agency between the First and Second Respondents or that the Second Respondent was otherwise responsible for actions of the First Respondent. Rachael successfully defended all claims. The Respondents subsequently pursued costs.

Mr M Kassem v North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust (2020): 2502292/2019

In September 2020 Rachael acted for the Respondent an ET hearing spanning 3 weeks. The case involved multiple allegations of whistleblowing detriment, direct race discrimination, harassment and victimisation spanning a long period. There were over 3500 pages of documents and many witnesses including high profile hospital leaders and clinicians. Given the complexity of case, the tribunal required 7 days to deliberate.

Scholarships and Prizes

Cynthia Terry Award, Gray's Inn (2006). Commonwealth Scholarship, awarded to study at the University of British Columbia (2003-2005)


LLM, University of British Columbia (First Class). MA, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (Exhibitioner)

Prescribed Information

Rachael Levene is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Rachael Levene can be found here

Rachael's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Rachael to undertake Tribunal and Court work for a brief fee, plus refresher fees for additional days. Advisory work, including paperwork and conferences, is most commonly charged at an hourly rate. Rachael will typically return paperwork within 10-14 days, however professional commitments, and the complexity and volume of documentation can affect these timescales.

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