Members of Chambers

Rachel Chan

Called: 2004

Rachel Chan

Practice Profile

Rachel practised in both criminal and family work in London for over 6 years before moving to Kent and specialising solely in the latter, with emphasis in public and private law children cases.

She has a wealth of experience dealing with cases where there are complex cultural issues or which have an international element, including child abduction and forced marriage cases. As a result of her background in criminal work, she has highly developed advocacy skills and has particular interest in cases where there has been alleged domestic violence, sexual abuse, child cruelty and/or neglect.

Rachel has a reputation amongst her clients for her excellent memory, thorough preparation of the papers and a robust presentation of cases where agreement cannot be reached. Her approach is friendly and down to earth, which is combined with equal measures of passion and common sense.

Rachel is an Advocacy Tutor for Lincoln's Inn, teaching on both the New Practitioners and Pupils' Advocacy and Ethics training courses. She assists the Inn with their Mooting Programme and their Education Days. Rachel is also a volunteer with the Bar Council's 'Speak up for Others' initiative, giving practical information, advice and guidance to students as to what it takes to become a barrister.

Rachel volunteers at the Kent Law Clinic Advice sessions organised by the University of Kent, the Citizen's Advice Bureau in Canterbury and undertakes work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Rachel accepts direct access work and is also a trained family mediator.

Specialist Practice Areas

Family

  • Care and Adoption (for parents and guardians)
  • Private Law Children work
  • Child abduction
  • Forced marriage
  • Injunctions- Family Law Act 1996 and Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Financial Provision

Education

Academic

  • LLB (Hons) City University London, 2003
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP London, 2004

Overseas Qualifications

  • Call to Hong Kong Bar 2005

Languages

  • Hakka
  • Cantonese
  • Basic conversational Japanese, Mandarin, Turkish and German

Professional Memberships

  • FLBA (Family Law Bar Association)
  • Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)
  • CBA (Criminal Bar Association)

Hobbies and other interests

In 2008, Rachel 'ran' 5k with Race for Life and in September 2013, raised a substantial sum of money for Marie Curie walking 100km (62 miles) in just 27 hours from London Putney to Henley (without sleep!). She is often seen during the Spring months donning a bright yellow hat collecting money for the Great Daffodil Appeal.