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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

What clients say 

Rachel has provided us with amazing support, advice and representation for the last two years

– Bereaved family

Rachel is an incredibly talented person. She took on full responsibility for our extremely complex and distressing case after Charlotte went on maternity leave. Her ability to collate, understand and process the huge volume of evidence, prepare submissions, guide us through the legal complexities and support two barristers shows what an outstanding lawyer she is

What the family has really appreciated, and feels hugely personally grateful to Rachel for, has been her sensitivity, understanding and empathy towards us all. She continues to support us and it is hard to imagine how we would cope without her ability to combine her legal work with her clearly sincere human interest in our case

– Bereaved family
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
  • “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.”
Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Rachel is ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Feedback describes her as a “real star of the future” and “brilliant technically”
  • “Rachel is extremely engaged and brings a lot of political nous; she is able to bring forth and reach different client groups”
  • Rachel is also ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Police Law: Mainly Claimant. Feedback says she “goes above and beyond what is required”
  • “She is phenomenal; she’s a committed solicitor who is very good with clients”


  • 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