Rachel Macfarlane is our General Counsel responsible for legal, secretariat and corporate governance and is a qualified solicitor. She has been at Brown Shipley since August 2018 and provides legal guidance across the business, with a focus on advising the Executive Committee. Rachel’s background is in financial services litigation, having qualified as a solicitor in this field working in private practice in Manchester, before moving in house to Santander UK plc in 2013. At Santander, Rachel worked in the in house legal team focussing on the retail bank division, dealing with litigious and contentious matters across a broad range of areas. Rachel has a LLB in Law from the University of Birmingham. Rachel is heavily involved in Ignite, our professional female network, having worked alongside a number of colleagues to launch the initiative in early 2019.