Rachel Spearing




Rachel appears on behalf of both the prosecution and defence; acting alone and being led in cases at all levels.  She is currently based in London but regularly appears in courts outside London. 

Regulatory and Disciplinary


She was the Junior in leading a Romanian Authority.  She also deals with criminal and public regulatory work and is an Office of Fair Trading Lecturer & Prosecutor with a particular interest in the Enterprise Act.  She has experience of cases in Health and Safety and the Jockey Club Disciplinary and Appeals Hearings.


Year of call: 1999
  • Appointed to the Attorney General’s List of Prosecutors 2006
  • Approved Crown Prosecutors List
  • Approved Asset Forfeiture Counsel (RCPO)
Areas of specialism:
  • Courts Martial
  • Criminal
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • LLB (Hons) Liverpool University 2:1
  • BVC Manchester V.C
  • European Scholarships: College of Europe : Brussels, University of West Bohemia : Czech Republic
Professional associations:
  • Northern, South Eastern & Western Circuit
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit
  • International Bar Association
  • Association of Women Barristers (Committee)
  • Member of Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Professional activities:
  • Racehorse Owners Association
Outside Interests:
  • Rachel’s time away from work sees her enjoying sailing, racing yachts and horses. Rachel supports Everton Football Club.
Notable Cases:
  • R v H & Others: Gangland Kidnap & Murder Liverpool Crown Court – Led by Richard Benson QC.
  • R v K & Others: 'Operation Eyeful'. Largest ever, single importation of cocaine in customs history. Led by David Aubrey QC, Appeals to CA & Strasbourg.
  • R v L & Others: Chinese Organised Crime. Liverpool Crown Court.
  • R v K & Others: Turkish Drugs Conspiracy. Harrow Crown Court. Lengthy drugs/violence international organised crime. Led by Simon Kileen.
  • R v A & Others: Murder / Violent Disorder between Iraqi/Kurd organised crime.
  • R v K & Others: 'Operation Benbradagh' Largest undercover Met Drugs Operation. Extensive legal arguments relating to RIPA & Covert Methods. Abuse of Process.
  • R v D & Other: 'Operation Benzol'. NCIS / Customs substantial cannabis importation conspiracy. Legal arguments relating to use of probes, RIPA. Led by Sanderson Munroe.
  • R v T: 'Operation Carnival' substantial bank fraud.
  • The Cargo Enquiry: Successful reinstatement & overturning of Stewards Enquiry at Jockey Club Appeal. Acting for Owners & Trainers.
  • Re: C:Leading Authority concerning Extradition to Romania. High Court, House of Lords & Strasbourg. Led by Edward Fitzgerald QC.