Rachel Guthrie

Rachel Guthrie

Counsel

Advocate

Overview

I’m Counsel, Head of our Guernsey Employment practice and a qualified Notary Public.

I joined the firm in January 2011 after moving from London, where I practised as a Solicitor with Allen & Overy. I was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2014.

My areas of practice are employment law and litigation. I specialise in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law, advising global and local companies.

Our employment team has wide experience in all areas of employment law including the drafting of employment contracts and handbooks, negotiating compromise agreements, providing representation at the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal and giving support to our corporate team on mergers and acquisitions and directors’ duties. We also regularly advise on relocation issues including housing and immigration, as well as data protection and compliance issues.  

In 2021, I won 'Woman of the Year - Future Leaders - Senior Associate' Gold Award at the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2021.

Professional qualifications

  • Appointed as a Notary Public, 2021
  • Called to the Guernsey Bar, July 2014
  • Certificat d'Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes from the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in France, December 2013
  • Solicitor of England and Wales, 2008 (currently non-practising)
  • Completed the Graduate Diploma in Law, 2004 and the Legal Practice Course, 2005
  • Degree in Classics from Durham University, 2003

Memberships

  • Member of Employment Lawyers Association and Employment Law Alliance
  • Member of Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP) 

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending an unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal.

  • Advising various clients in the successful settlement of Tribunal and Royal Court claims. 

  • Advising a banking group on a significant acquisition and subsequent restructuring and alignment of employment contracts.

  • Advising various clients on compliance with Guernsey data protection law. 

What the directories say

Chambers and Partners UK, 2021 states, 'She takes a very practical approach to employment law.'

'Rachel Guthrie always has a calm approach, no matter what the situation.’ Legal 500, 2020

Rachel Guthrie has recently acted for clients on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, in addition to advising on employment litigation. 'She knows our business really well,' comments one interviewee, adding: 'She produces documentation in a really clear way and is very personable and approachable.' Chambers and Partners 2020

Rachel Guthrie 'is a pleasure to work with.' Chambers and Partners 2019.

'Rachel Guthrie is praised for her 'knowledgeable and measured' approach to employment matters,' Chambers UK, 2016.

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