Rachel Barnes

Rachel Barnes

Barrister, Three Raymond Buildings
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Dr Rachel Barnes KC is a dual-qualified US attorney and English barrister. She is recognised as a leading practitioner in the area of sanctions, as well as corruption, financial and corporate crime, international crime, extradition and mutual legal assistance, 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 UK 2018), ‘go-to counsel on matters with a transatlantic element’ (Chambers UK 2019), ‘pragmatic, hands-on, easy to work with, always available’ and ‘devastatingly well prepared in court’ (Chambers UK 2020), ‘the first and last stop for financial sanctions advice’ (Chambers UK 2021) and ‘has a specialist [sanctions] practice, is very knowledgeable and has excellent judgement’ (Chambers UK 2022).

Rachel regularly acts in both domestic and international sanctions cases. As an English barrister, Rachel both prosecutes and defends in criminal cases, and civil and public law crime-related matters. Her clients include governments, corporations, non-governmental organisations and individuals. She is prosecuting counsel for the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority and appointed to the Attorney General’s specialist panel of public international law counsel. Rachel appears in cases in the Crown Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the UK’s Supreme Court, as well as acting for a number of successful petitioners before the UN Ombudsperson. Rachel previously taught law at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Rachel began her legal career as a litigation attorney at Shearman & Sterling, New York. She was awarded her doctorate in public international law from Cambridge University.

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