Wills and Trusts
I give people reassurance and security when they need it most. Whether you’ve suffered a bereavement, are concerned about providing for your loved ones, or need help with preparing for your own future, I’ll give you straightforward and practical advice to help you through.
Get to know Rachael
I studied History at Cambridge University then spent a decade with the Ministry of Defence before deciding to switch to law. I achieved distinctions in my law degree and solicitors’ Legal Practice Certificate, in which I specialised in wills, probate, and trusts.
I joined Slater and Gordon in 2015 and am now proud to lead the wills and probate team as part of Slater and Gordon’s wider private client department. I specialise in the administration of estates and trusts, and advise on estate planning, preparing wills and creating Lasting Powers of Attorney.
I’m known for being able to explain legal terms and concepts clearly and simply, particularly in wills, trusts and tax. I translate legal terms into easy to understand, accessible language and help my clients decide how they want to proceed. I’m efficient and practical when taking cases forwards whether that’s drafting a new will or dealing with a complex estate. Ultimately I really enjoy giving people the peace of mind and reassurance of knowing everything is in place.
I’m a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), following a rigorous two-year qualification process which I passed with a high Distinction. I was awarded STEP’s Worldwide Excellence Award for my work in the Trust and Estate Accounting module and was formally recognised by STEP for my results in the Tax examination.
Thank you Rachael - your kindness, compassion and first class service is much appreciated at this emotional time for our family. Client testimonial (for Rachael Gooding)
We welcomed the professional advice and support from our solicitor, Rachael Gooding, who was outstanding. Importantly, we were always made to feel we were being treated as individuals in a very personal and friendly manner. We would have no hesitation in recommending Slater and Gordon to friends and family. Client testimonial (for Rachael Gooding)
An online search found Slater and Gordon first, so I enquired and Rachael called me within the hour and began proceedings when she had the necessary details. They have kept me updated throughout the whole process. I've now received the Grant of Probate needed so I can begin settling my mother's affairs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone with a similar problem. Client testimonial (for Rachael Gooding)