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Rachel Harger


Actions against Police and State

Rachel is a solicitor in our Actions against Police and State team.

She works on a wide range of claims including false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, discrimination, misuse of private information and breaches of the Human Rights Act and Data Protection Act.

She regularly represents bereaved families during inquests and other related proceedings where individuals have died whilst in police custody or under the care of mental health services.

Rachel has expertise in bringing urgent judicial review challenges on behalf of individuals who are being detained under immigration powers and facing removal from the UK and she often represents vulnerable adults who are victims of torture and trafficking.

Rachel also has a particular interest in asserting individuals’ rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly under Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Education and career
  • Rachel joined Bindmans in 2014 and qualified as a solicitor in March 2017
Chambers and Partners 2024
  • Rachel is recognised as a ‘Star Associate’ in Civil Liberties & Human Rights.
  • Feedback says “she is breathtakingly competent and committed. It is clear that she believes in her work.”
  • “Rachel is an excellent solicitor who is dynamic and very committed to her clients; she builds strong relationships with them and works collaboratively to get the best result possible.”
  • Rachel is recognised as a ‘Star Associate’ in Police Law: Mainly Claimant.
  • “She has an eye for detail, is determined and is able to explain complex legal matters in a clear way.”
  • “Rachel’s sincere and unwavering determination brought us peace and inspired hope even at times when this did not seem possible. She is truly a phenomenal solicitor – excellent in every way.”
  • “She is really great on detail and always on top of everything.”
  • Rachel is recognised as a ‘Star Associate’ in Protest Law.
  • “She is a really serious player in the protest world.”
Legal 500 2024
  • Clients acknowledge her mastery of Civil Liberties and Human Rights cases.
  • ‘Rachel Harger handles complex and high-profile cases with ease; highly astute and sharp practitioner. Commands respect from clients, and is on top of both the law and the running of the case.’
Chambers and Partners 2023
  • Rachel is recognised as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Civil Liberties & Human Rights. She is well versed in representing clients in civil and public law challenges, particularly in contentious inquests and claims relating to immigration detention
  • Feedback says “Rachel is recommended and trusted by many because she is outstanding in every way”
  • “Rachel is a fantastic up-and-coming solicitor in the field”
  • Rachel is also ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Police Law: Mainly Claimant. She is described as having “a really good eye for detail”
  • Rachel Harger regularly works on both civil and public law claims for clients including individuals who have suffered harm by the police and the families of individuals who have died in police custody
  • She is ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Protest Law
  • “Rachel has always shown exceptional insight and understanding into the sensitivities involved and the communities affected”
  • She is dedicated to protecting the rights of protesters, often representing activists in multi-claimant civil litigation against the police
  • Feedback says “She is a really committed lawyer who is always spot-on”
  • “The spectrum of work she covers is above and beyond that of which you would expect of her level. She is sincerely fierce for clients as well – that is why they love her.”


  • In 2016 Rachel and her Bindmans’ Hillsborough Team colleagues jointly with other Hillsborough Family Legal Teams won an Outstanding Achievement Award at LALY Awards.
Professional memberships
  • Law Society 
  • Police Action Lawyers Group 
  • NETPOL Lawyers 
  • Stonewall Litigation Advisory Group
  • Inquest Lawyers Group