Prior to joining Birketts, Rachel trained at a Magic Circle firm in London and also worked as Senior Counsel at the European headquarters of a NYSE listed manufacturing company based in Brussels.
Fluent in French, Rachel has acted for a range of international clients and specialises on a variety of commercial matters including product supply arrangements and transport, warehousing and logistics functions and public company work. In her most recent role Rachel advised managers and business owners on a range of legal matters including mergers and acquisitions, group restructurings and joint ventures. She also specialises in commercial contracts and shareholder and partnership agreements. With over fifteen years’ experience, Rachel is well placed to offer advice and representation in all areas of corporate and commercial law.
Commenting on her appointment, Rachel Astill said: “I am delighted to join a firm with such a strong sense of values and I look forward to working with the excellent commercial team in order to provide the very best outcomes for our clients. Birketts is renowned for its expertise in the Corporate sector and I am excited to embark on this next chapter of my career.”
James Austin, Senior Partner and Head of Birketts' Corporate and Commercial Teams in Ipswich, added: “I am very pleased to welcome Rachel, who now joins the firm as a Senior Associate. Rachel is a detail-orientated solicitor with over fifteen years of commercial experience and I have no doubt she will have a pivotal role in maintaining the high standards the business delivers across the board. She brings a wide range of experience and excellent knowledge of the industry with her and has a proven track record of success.”
Rachel is based in Birketts' Ipswich office, but will support colleagues across all four offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich.