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Rachel is a Solicitor Consultant with our Personal Injury department, and one of the founding members of the firm. Specialising in catastrophic brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputee cases, Rachel has a particular interest in Post Concussion and Dysexecutive Syndromes.
Education & career
Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and was a partner at another UK firm, before she was appointed partner at Hugh Potter & Co in 1999.
Rachel has over 25 years' experience in brain and spinal injuries, working closely with many individuals who until compensation is available sadly often don't have the support they badly need. She has seen the devastating impact this can have and is committed to working to relieve that burden by getting families the help they need so they may thrive and get some joy back in their lives. Rachel is known for fighting some of the most difficult liability cases up to and including contested trials, when her tenacious approach and scrupulous attention to the detail has been instrumental in securing notable successful outcomes.
Rachel has volunteered at the Stockport branch of Headway (The Brain Injury Association) for 26 years and was instrumental in setting up and managing the group’s hugely popular weekly social 'drop in' session. In her own time she is strongly committed to providing pro bono assistance with welfare benefit entitlement to local members of Headway. Rachel was immensely proud when in 2013 and 2018 she was nominated by group members for the Headway UK 'Volunteer of the Year Award', and again when she was named winner of ‘The Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award’ in 2019.
Profesional memberships & accreditations
Rachel has been recognised as a recommended lawyer by both the Legal 500 and Chambers guides.
Chambers 2019 says:
Rachel Rees impresses clients, who laud "her empathy, sense of humour, professionalism and commitment." Other sources pinpoint her as "one of the most careful, thorough and hard-working solicitors you could possibly imagine." She handles catastrophic injury claims, particularly brain, amputation and spinal injury cases, as well as having niche expertise in post-concussion syndrome.
Legal 500 says:
Rachel Rees has ‘intrinsic knowledge of head injuries and the long-term effects of such injuries; she is about as good as you can get in this area’.
Rachel's Latest Blogs
Rachel, I am writing to thank you personally for your exceptional handling of J’s case. You and your team were professional, efficient and courteous at all times. I was very nervous when I first decided to seek help in getting compensation for J, during our first meeting you reassured me that the case was valid and gave me the confidence in taking the case forward, resulting, after a lot of hard work on your part, in a fantastic settlement for J, far exceeding my expectations. I really cannot thank you enough and I am sure that if my mother was still with us, she would agree with me and I think be quite shocked at what you have achieved. Kind regards and gratitude.
Mr W, Cheshire
Though it has been a very long time for me, with repeated reminders of the ‘happening’, because of specialist appointments, Rachel has been exceptional for almost 4 years. I am really pleased with the outcome and could not have done it without Rachel. I would certainly recommend PotterReesDolan to others. Many thanks.
Mrs C, Greater Manchester
In my opinion I felt as though Rachel understood my problems from the very beginning and made me feel very relaxed and understood, which is a massive relief to a person with a head injury and I thank you very much.
Whenever I phoned up, I have been calmed down knowing Peter and Rachel were there. You have helped me so much - it is greatly appreciated. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to others. Thank you
The overall ‘best’ reason for endorsing PotterReesDolan is that Rachel and her team were excellent to work with. All aspects of interpersonal and professional interaction were exceptional. This really was appreciated by all our family during which was a very unfamiliar, lengthy and stressful process.
Mrs B, Stockport
Friendly, professional and most importantly honest - unattainable expectations were certainly not what Keith and Rachel were about. I didn't just get legal representation in Keith and Rachel, I also gained two friends that I trust.
Mr M, Oakmere
All injury is completely explained to family and friends properly so it is understood and we were treated with care, respect and understanding. All help was given when it was needed. I was given help which I didn't even realise I needed and with that I'm starting to heal more every day. You're perfect in every way.
Read the case study here: Million pound settlement for young woman who suffered brain injury after being hit by a car
Miss S, Manchester
I wish I could put into words how you have changed our lives - thank you just doesn't seem to cut it but we are eternally grateful to you Rachel. The best day's work I ever did was picking up the phone to PotterReesDolan - you change our lives. Thank you for getting us through the hardest of times.
Mrs R, Manchester
From the time Potter Rees Dolan took over the case, everything was done in a truly professional manner, we in fact had to do nothing. All queries were answered quickly and thoughtfully, which eradicated much of the worries concerning my partner's case. We both feel that we can now move on. We cannot thank them enough.
Read the case study here: Over £1 million for woman left brain-injured after car collision
Mr A, Wales
Rachel and Keith's input was life-changing. We only had the outcome we did because we were 100% their focus. We always felt like a priority. My family are eternally grateful!
Mr and Mrs R, Swinford