Rachel Wedderspoon

Rachel  Wedderspoon

Year of call:

1993, Middle Temple


Rachel Wedderspoon


MPTS Legally Qualified Chair and Legal Assessor
Fee Paid Employment Judge
Fee Paid First Tier Immigration Judge


Industrial Law Society,
Employment Law Bar Association,
Employment Lawyers Association
Member of Executive Committee ILS


LLB (Hons), Manchester University



  • Constructive, Unfair & Wrongful Dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Maternity & Paternity Rights
  • Equal Pay
  • European Employment Directives
  • Employee Rights on Transfer of Undertakings
  • TUPE
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Working Time
  • Public Interest Disclosure
  • Recommended as a specialist in employment law in the Chambers & Partners Directory and the Legal 500 Directory


Rachel Wedderspoon's is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Rachel Wedderspoon can be found here.

Miss Wedderspoon'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 Rachel to undertake Court and Tribunal services for a brief fee plus additional refresher days. For advisory work, paperwork and conferences it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate (although fixed fees are available).  Rachel will typically return paperwork within 7-10 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

Employment (Northern Bar):
"Rachel is fantastic with clients. She is incredibly knowledgeable and a persuasive advocate. She has the ability to manage client’s expectations but also remain positive in doing so."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Employment: Leading Junior Band 1
"excellent cross examiner.."

Legal 500 2021

Employment: Leading Junior Band 1
Can be both tenacious and subtle in cross-examination

Legal 500 2020

Employment (Northern Bar) Band 1
"Rachel is a tenacious litigator. She is straightforward and to the point with clients. She gives clients confidence and does not sit on the fence."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Employment – ranked Tier 1
“She has a very measured, client-friendly style.”

Legal 500 2019

Employment – Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 1)
"Very confident and very professional."
"Well prepared and client-friendly."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

"She is a tenacious cross-examiner, she is responsive and she gives clients confidence."

Chambers and Partners 2018

'Recommended for a broad spectrum of employment matters.'

Legal 500, 2017

"Rachel is highly regarded for her knowledge of discrimination claims and is frequently instructed on behalf of police authorities, trade unions and NHS trusts."

Chambers and Partners 2017

"She has a client-friendly approach, and is always well prepared and dedicated."

Legal 500, 2016

"Handles complex cases of whistleblowing or discrimination on behalf of police forces, health trusts and local authorities. 'You'll get 100% commitment; she's not afraid to commit for the client and protect them from negative feedback and that makes the client feel safe.'"

Chambers and Partners 2016

"Advises and represents individuals, local authorities, NHS trusts, police authorities, companies and trade unions. She is praised for her 'astute legal mind'"

Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2015

"She is very responsive, and very good with clients." "She is an extremely personable, thorough barrister who establishes good relationships with clients and has excellent advocacy skills."

Chambers & Partners 2015

"She has notable breadth of expertise in all aspects of employment law."

Legal 500 2014

"She grasps complex issues very quickly; she is a very effective advocate."

Chambers & Partners 2014

"narrowing down the issues very quickly, no matter how complex"

Legal 500 2013

“Rachel Wedderspoon, whose ‘slick’ and ‘probing’ advocacy has won her much respect. She specialises in a wide range of employment cases, and also sits as an employment judge.”

Chambers & Partners 2013

"is recommended for her ‘depth of expertise across a wide range of complex employment law issues’"

Legal 500 2012

"An accomplished and diligent lawyer"

Legal 500, 2011

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