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Rachel Barrett

Corporate Partner, London

“I have extensive experience advising on a broad range of environmental, health and safety, social and sustainability issues, offering clients assured and wide-ranging guidance to minimise the risk of litigation and reputational damage during challenging times.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Rachel has exceptional breadth of experience in crisis and risk management, with particular expertise in environment, sustainability, and human rights, guiding her clients through legal and reputational challenges wherever in the world they arise. She is a member of the firm’s Environment & Climate Change and Crisis Response & Risk Management practices, and co-leads the firm’s Business and Human Rights practice.

 

Rachel has advised clients facing or anticipating regulatory investigation, investor activism, brand damage and media scrutiny in relation to a wide range of issues including product defects, adverse human rights impacts, and environmental incidents, among other things. Working in close collaboration with lawyers from the firm’s other practice areas, Rachel provides comprehensive advice on managing business risk, immediate crisis response and corporate investigations, as well as undertaking ‘lessons learned’ reviews and developing practical longer term responses and change programmes.

 

Rachel has a background in advising on the project development and financing aspects of energy transactions and has particular expertise in environmental, social and security issues on energy projects, including the application of international sustainability standards. She recently advised on the Yamal Arctic LNG project, and the Nacala corridor project in Mozambique and Malawi.

Professional experience

Rachel offers pro bono advice to UNICEF, including providing multijurisdictional advice on children’s rights in the extractive sector.

 

Rachel also led the development and delivery of human rights training in Kenya with international NGO, A4ID.

Education and qualifications

Rachel studied law at Girton College, University of Cambridge.

 

She speaks English, French, German and Spanish.