Rachel Barnes is a dual-qualified US attorney and English barrister. She is recognised as a leading practitioner in the area of sanctions, as well as financial and corporate crime, fraud, international crime and extradition, and proceeds of crime and asset recovery.
Rachel has a wealth of sanctions experience as a practitioner, academic and expert witness. She is ‘one of the best navigators of the complex financial and trade sanctions regime’ (Chambers 2018), ‘go-to counsel on matters with a transatlantic element’ (Chambers 2019), ‘pragmatic, hands-on, easy to work with, always available’ and ‘devastatingly well prepared in court’ (Chambers 2020).
Rachel regularly acts in both domestic and international sanctions cases and is known particularly for her work in corporate investigations and regulatory disclosures on discovery of potential sanctions and export control breaches. She is prosecuting counsel for the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority, and appointed to the Attorney General’s specialist panel of public international law counsel.