Rachel's main research interest is animal law, specifically looking at animal welfare legislation. She has published on various issues, including fur farming, the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and whether veganism/vegetarianism should be a protected philosophical belief in employment law. She is currently working on the use of an Animal Welfare Assessment Grid as a tool to improve animal welfare under the Animal Welfare Act and as a legal tool for any subsequent proceedings. Rachel has also started to look at some aspects of conservation law and environmental more law generally. Her work is multi-disciplinary and is open to collaboration with those working in various fields, such as criminology and veterinary science.
Rachel is interested in all aspects of legal education, including experiential learning, regulatory changes and innovative teaching methods. She regularly publishes in this area and shares her teaching practice more widely.
She uses a variety of innovative methodologies, including visual methods, like Diamond Ranking, and draws inspiration from other disciplines to inform her work in law. This has led her to work on projects in youth justice and domestic abuse with colleagues in the Law School.
Research Student Supervision InterestsLegal Education and Animal Law
The Knowledge, Skills and Attributes Considered Necessary to Start Day One Training Competently and Whether Live Client Clinics Develop Them1 Oct 2014 - 20 Dec 2017
LLB (Hons), Law, Northumbria University14 Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Bar Professional Training Course, BPTC (MLaw)Sep 2011 - Jun 2013