Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and joined Keoghs in 2009 as a partner after 12 years′ service at a national defendant firm. She has over 19 years′ experience in the local authority sector with a caseload that has included slips/trips, workplace claims, failure to educate and complex claims including allegations of assault in the field of education/social services. She has also successfully defended a widely publicised defamation claim.
Rachel has acted for various local authority clients including Salford City Council, Rochdale MBC and Tameside MBC. In addition Rachel has extended her expertise to the Social Housing market acting for a number of housing associations assisting in defence of claims pertaining to landlord and tenant issues.
Latest Insights by Rachel Hewitt
On the 2 February 2017 the Court of Appeal handed down their judgment in Crawley v Barnsley MBC  EWCA Civ 36 which places a further burden on already limited local authority resources.
The UK Roads Liaison Group (UKRLG) has launched an update to its Code of Practice which takes an integrated, risk based approach to managing highway infrastructure assets. Partner, Rachel Hewitt takes a look at the changes and how these might affect claims.