Rachel Robinson has over 20 years’ experience of providing company commercial law advice, including drafting contracts, data protection and competition law to organisations of all sizes, ranging from FSE100 companies to owner managed small business.
Starting off her career in the commercial law team of an international technology company before moving to the private practice in the City for a few years practicing Competition law, Rachel then moved to Lloyds’ of London providing regulatory and commercial advice on issues such as data protection, competition law and commercial contracts. Moving to the South West of England with a young family meant a move back to private practice, advising SMEs on a wide range of commercial issues including data protection, public procurement competition law, merger control, commercial contracts including standard trading terms, franchise and distribution agreements, and anything else which hit the “to do list”.
After 7 years of private practice, Rachel moved in-house again for 5 years to a heavily regulated FTSE 250 utility company, helping the business achieve regulatory merger clearance on two mergers whilst preparing for a radical shakeup of the industry’s retail and wholesale markets. Most recently Rachel has been advising both this PLC and a number of SMEs on GDPR compliance.
Rachel has worked with businesses in a wide range of sectors including utilities, waste management, renewable energy, retail, health, manufacturing, and the leisure and tourism industries.
In her own words...
“I like to get to know how businesses tick, which is why I’ve spent about half of my career working in business. This gives me a great overview of issues faced, and a range of workable solutions. Just because a business might be smaller, doesn’t mean that it can’t be as sophisticated and dynamic as the bigger businesses. SMEs might not have the same budgets as PLCs but they usually face the similar demands on their teams and resources and are often more flexible and light of foot in their response, which makes working with SMEs so interesting and enjoyable.”
- LLB 2:1, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1990-1994
- Certificate of International Law, University of Amsterdam, 1993-1994
- Merit, College of Law Chester, 1995-1996
- Masters, Heritage Management, University of Greenwich 2003-2005
Apart from a side line as a taxi service for two teenagers and a pre-schooler, Rachel enjoys trying to be self-sufficient in growing vegetables in the garden and discovering that getting fit isn’t as bad as I’ve always thought it would be.