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Rachel Donald, Partner at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Rachel is a partner in the family team. She joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in January 2017 from another leading international family law team based in Guildford. Rachel advises clients contemplating separation and divorce and also has particular expertise in drafting marital and cohabitation agreements. Her clients include domestic and international professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners and their spouses. She also helps parents to resolve arrangements for children and with other related issues including applications for permission to move out of the country with their children.

Rachel is an active member of Resolution and is committed to resolving her cases in an amicable and cost effective way. She is ranked by Chambers UK as a leading individual in her field. In 2016 she was described by the directory as a ‘brilliant rising star’ while in 2017 it noted that she ‘is attentive to client care aspects and thinks laterally and outside of the box’. She is listed as an ‘associate to watch’. 

Rachel contributes regularly to Family Law Journal and assists the press with many family law issues.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising an international client regarding the terms of a prenuptial agreement where the assets involved were located in multiple jurisdictions with a net worth of £25 million.
  • Negotiating a lump sum order for a spouse to capitalise a spousal maintenance order following the sale of a business for £10 million.
  • Representing a parent in complex and contested Children Act proceedings where there were allegations of parental alienation and issues relating to substance abuse. The case also involved the appointment of an independent social worker as the children’s guardian in the proceedings.
  • Acting for a spouse in financial proceedings where there had been allegations that substantial matrimonial funds had been transferred into a company and there were issues regarding complex tax schemes and trusts.

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