Rachel Harfield Senior Associate & Team Leader
Rachel Harfield is the Team Leader for the Cardiff Employment Department and a Senior Associate. Rachel has specialised in Police Federation work for over 10 years. She regularly acts for Police Federation members in employment tribunal discrimination claims, police pension appeals, judicial reviews, disputes about entitlements under the Police Regulations, and for members facing attendance and performance management proceedings. Rachel also has significant experience in acting for Police Federation members in civil claims such as unlawful arrest and trespass claims arising out of the execution of search warrants.
In Chambers & Partners 2014 Rachel is ranked as 'Up and Coming' in Employment. "Rachel Harfield leads the team and mainly deals with whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. “Her knowledge of the subject matter is second to none and she is always professional in her approach," clients say".
The Legal 500 2013 edition states that "Senior associate Rachel Harfield heads a popular team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, which is known for its work for the Police Federation". The Legal 500 2012 states that "Rachel Harfield is making her mark as the leader of a popular team at Russell Jones & Walker, part of Slater and Gordon Lawyers". The Chambers & Partners 2013 UK legal directory states that Rachel Harfield advises in "ground-breaking and complex Employment Tribunal matters and is considered to have an 'expert knowledge of employment law'", and noted in partcular that she "achieved significant remedy judgements for her client against Avon & Somerset Constabulary in a successful disability discrimination claim".
Notable successes for Rachel on behalf of Police Officers include:
Dolan v Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary - a hard fought case which established the need for employers to make adjustments to performance and attendance management procedures implemented against disabled employees.
Ashton v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis - an important judicial review test case which substantially strengthened police officers’ rights to ill health retirement, particularly those suffering from mental ill health.
Pearce v Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary - a successful disability discrimination claim arising out of a posting decision which was not properly risk assessed and resulted in physical injury to the Claimant.
Rachel is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and a Council member of the Cardiff and District Law Society and sits upon their Regulatory issues sub-committee. She provides pro-bono advice at the Cardiff Law Centre and acts as a discrimination mentor for CAB officials. Rachel regularly delivers articles and seminars on employment issues for clients, other lawyers and the wider media including BBC Radio Wales.
Rachel is married with a young daughter. When she gets the chance she enjoys spending time with family and friends.