Rachael Harrison

Rachael Harrison

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0114 273 8951

Year of call: 1993

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Rachael read law at Leicester Polytechnic before attending the Inns of Court School of law to complete her Bar Finals. She was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1994 when she joined what was then Paradise Square Chambers as a pupil. Having been taken on as a tenant in 1995 she now practises solely in the field of criminal law.


Criminal Bar Association
South Yorkshire Medico-Legal society
North Eastern Circuit


  • Crime

    Rachael is a criminal law specialist. She is a Grade 4 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service and a member of their specialist sexual offences prosecutors’ panel. She has prosecuted and defended in cases involving a wide range of sexual offences. She also deals with cases involving violence, drugs and dishonesty offences. Her strengths lie in assimilating large quantities of evidence and presenting it to a jury in a way which highlights the detail needed to support the case she is presenting as well as treating complainants and vulnerable witnesses with care and compassion. She has dealt with numerous cases involving the issue of fitness to plead and has called and cross examined a wide variety of expert witnesses.


    Regina v Andrew Michael Johnson (Sheffield Crown Court February/March 2014): Led by Nicholas Campbell QC this was a case involving the prosecution of a General Practitioner accused of sexual assault on 13 different patients over a period of 30+ years. The history of the case and the individuals involved produced a large quantity of unused material which had to be reviewed for disclosure including General Medical Council hearing transcripts. As well as dealing with the additional disclosure requests arising during the trial there were the logistical issues of so many witnesses and the marshalling of the evidence which supported each count on the indictment.

    R v E (Hull Crown Court October 2013): This case of sexual assaults on the defendant’s granddaughters required research on the issue of jurisdiction as some of the alleged incidents took place in Scotland a number of years previously. It highlighted that there is seemingly a deliberate distinction drawn by Parliament in relation to offences in Scotland as opposed to those committed abroad. Those committed abroad are covered by specific legislation allowing the prosecution of those offences before the Crown Court in England and Wales, this does not apply to Scottish offences. Witnesses also gave evidence via video link from Scotland to try and reduce the stresses involved with giving evidence.

    R v W (Sheffield Crown Court August 2013): This case involved sexual offences including rape against the defendant’s step children by both this defendant and their mother. She pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting sexual offences against her daughters and gave evidence for the prosecution having been produced from custody in order to do so. A particularly difficult case for the witnesses because the elder daughter had not complained and had moved away not thinking the defendant would abuse her younger sister and because of the involvement of the mother in the offences being committed.

    R v P (Sheffield Crown Court June 2013): Historical sexual allegations against the defendant by his niece and nephew. The matter was complicated by the fact the defendant had been absent from the family home for periods due to serving a sentence for murder and being recalled on that sentence following his initial release. This was relevant to both the prosecution and the defence for the prosecution because the children’s knowledge of it affected their reaction to the defendant and his behaviour for the defence because they relied on it to say he was not at home to commit the offences.

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