Details of practice
Described by Chambers UK as “a rising star”, and by The Legal 500 as “one of the cleverest juniors at the Criminal Bar”, Rachel’s core areas of practice are crime (with a particular emphasis on fraud), extradition and international law, and public and administrative law including inquests. She also advises and appears in licensing and regulatory enforcement matters.
Rachel’s criminal practice encompasses both prosecution and defence work. She has notable expertise in the field of financial and corporate crime, receiving regular instructions from the Serious Fraud Office (who in 2017 appointed her to their A Panel of counsel) as well as from individual and corporate clients under investigation for offences of fraud and corruption. In such complex and cross-border investigations, she brings to bear her experience of international law, advising on questions of extradition, mutual legal assistance and double jeopardy. She also acts in linked civil fraud proceedings in the Commercial Court.
Recent instructions include representing the Serious Fraud Office in its prosecution of Alstom Network UK for allegations of corporate corruption; acting on behalf of a corporate client in a private prosecution arising out of a multi-million pound intellectual property fraud; and acting for the Competition and Markets Authority (formerly the Office of Fair Trading) in a complex cartel investigation. She has also advised corporations and charities in respect of their compliance policies and procedures under the Bribery Act 2010. In June 2017 she was invited by the UN to deliver specialist training to Nigerian prosecutors on the investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences.
Rachel’s criminal practice additionally extends to cases of robbery, GBH, rape and sexual offences, drugs offences, murder and misconduct in public office.
Extradition and International:
In the field of extradition, Rachel regularly advises and represents foreign governments, issuing judicial authorities and requested persons both at first instance and on appeal. She has acted in numerous reported cases, including in the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. She is experienced in advising on and drafting applications to Interpol for the removal of red notices issued on political or other abusive grounds.
She has particular expertise in extradition requests alleging fraud and other financial crimes. Current and previous instructions include representing a former senior executive of the Bank of Moscow; acting for the defence in a Lithuanian request for the extradition of a banker accused of a €300 million fraud; representing the Government of Algeria in its first extradition request to the United Kingdom for financial crimes leading to the high-profile collapse of one of Algeria’s first private banks; and defending a Kuwaiti citizen facing multi-million pound fraud proceedings in the United Arab Emirates.
Rachel also offers specialist advice in relation to ‘import’ extradition cases, and has been instructed by prosecuting agencies including the CPS, the SFO and DEFRA to draft European Arrest Warrants and extradition requests for the return to this jurisdiction of suspected or convicted criminals.
She is experienced in matters of mutual legal assistance and receives instructions to advise upon and to draft letters of request to foreign states. Rachel also represents individuals affected by mutual legal assistance requests (including potential suspects and witnesses), offering advice regarding their rights and obligations in connection with the provision of evidence.
Public and Administrative:
Rachel advises and appears in judicial review applications arising out of criminal and extradition proceedings and mutual legal assistance requests. Recent cases include a challenge to a section 2 notice issued by the SFO and a challenge by a third party to the deportation of a foreign offender. She also receives instructions to appear at inquests on behalf of a range of interested persons, including families of the deceased and police officers.
She acts for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, having appeared in judicial review proceedings connected with the so-called ‘Plebgate’ investigation, as well as in proceedings concerning the legality of police officers resigning whilst under disciplinary investigation.
Rachel advises and acts for licensed premises, responsible authorities and councils in applications and proceedings under the Licensing Act 2003. She is also experienced in the field of minicab licensing.
Rachel regularly appears in proceedings arising out of a variety of regulatory regimes. She represents enforcing authorities, companies and individuals in connection with matters including noise abatement notice prosecutions, breaches of fire safety regulations, offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and VAT-enforcement.
“A brilliant advocate who is very charming in court and has the rare ability to manage large cases. She can navigate twenty lever arch files and know her way around all of them.”
Chambers UK 2018: Extradition
“Highly regarded for her intellectual acumen and her work ethic.” “Rachel is extremely intelligent, hard-working and an excellent lawyer. She also possesses great practical sense and is extremely personable.” “Very concise, highly efficient and incredibly intelligent.”
Chambers UK 2017: Extradition
“Praised as a growing force in the market, she has a wealth of knowledge and the ability to handle extradition requests originating from Russia and Ukraine. She represents both prosecutors and defendants equally effectively.” “A real up-and-coming junior who is a brilliant researcher and writer that delivers things on time and provides high-quality material.” “A rising star who gives very clear advice at extremely short notice and is just an encyclopaedia of law.”
Chambers UK 2016: Extradition
“Extremely competent on her feet and very hard-working.”
Chambers UK 2015: Extradition
“Extremely easy to work with, she overcomes the most challenging SFO-related issues supremely well.”
Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime
“Shows great attention to detail and is very good at talking through difficult points of law.” “An experienced junior counsel for the prosecution and her enviable client list includes the SFO.”
Chambers UK 2017: Financial Crime
“She has a really quick mind and is utterly dependable. A pleasure to work with.”
Chambers UK 2016: Financial Crime
“One of the cleverest juniors at the criminal Bar.
”The Legal 500 2015: Fraud – Crime
MusB (Hons) – University of Manchester (Music)
Post-graduate Diploma in Law
Bar Vocational Course
Bedingfield Scholar, Gray’s Inn, 2003
David Karmel Scholar, Gray’s Inn, 2002
SFO C-Panel 2009
SFO B-Panel 2013
SFO A-Panel 2017
Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Extradition Lawyers’ Association
Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (Treasurer)
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Member of the Bar Council Ethics Committee
Rachel Scott is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to her. In addition, she welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.
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