Rachael Banks

Rachael Banks - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0151 243 6000

Year of call: 1993

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“Known for her experience in financial remedy and children matters.” Legal 500 2017

Rachael read Law at Manchester University and was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1993. She practises in all areas of family law.

Rachael regularly undertakes in-house and external seminars on all aspects of family law. She has provided many seminars and/or training for the Law Society and for medico-legal conferences.

Rachael also undertakes Court of Protection work.


  • Family Law Bar Association


  • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions

Legal Directory Recommendations

“Experienced in a wide range of children and financial remedy matters.” – Legal 500 2016

“Practises in both children and financial matters, and also undertakes Court of Protection work.” – Legal 500 2015


  • Family - Children

    Rachael’s practise covers all aspects of family law. She undertakes all types of public and private law cases and has extensive experience acting for parents, local authorities, guardians and the Official Solicitor. She is frequently instructed in complex, multi-party cases involving allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Rachael has developed a particular expertise in external and internal relocation cases.


    S-L (Children: Adjournment)

    In the matter of L and B (Children) [2013] UKSC 8

    Re T (A child) [2014] EWCA Civ 99

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  • Family - Finance

    Rachael has a broad range of experience in financial remedy proceedings covering divorce, civil partnership dissolution and financial claims for unmarried couples.

    Her practice includes:

    • Financial claims arising out of relationship breakdown
    • Interim orders
    • Pensions
    • Appeals / applications to set aside consent orders on the grounds of non-disclosure
    • Claims under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989
    • TOLATA  1996 applications involving the property of unmarried couples
    • Enforcement of financial orders.
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