Rachel Horman is a Solicitor and Head of the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Forced Marriage Department at Watson Ramsbottom Ltd. Her practice extends beyond the firm’s Lancashire base throughout England and Wales including representing several high profile stalking victims.
Rachel regularly advises clients on how to increase the chances of obtaining a successful prosecution for stalking as well as advising in relation to civil options.
She was highly commended in the Female Lawyer of the Year Category at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2016, won the Eva Business Award 2016, the Jordans Family Law Partner of the Year Award in 2014 and the National Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012 as recognition of her work in these areas.
Rachel has sat on two All Party Parliamentary Groups for Stalking & Harassment and Domestic Violence and is also the Chair of the charity Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service.
Rachel was personally involved in changing the law to create a criminal offence of coercive control or emotional abuse which came into force in December 2015 and is currently involved in advising the police and government around other problems with the current law in relation to stalking and domestic abuse.
Rachel writes a poplar blog rachelhorman.co.uk where she comments on new developments or gaps in the law around Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence.
Rachel is regularly invited to speak at conferences and provide training throughout the England and Wales in relation to the new Coercive Control legislation, Domestic Abuse law and practice, Children Law and Domestic Violence, Stalking – the criminal and civil law, Forced Marriage and FGM Protection orders. Rachel is also an accredited DASH trainer.
Rachel is regularly requested to make TV and Radio contributions having featured on the Today Programme on Radio 4, Radio 2 News, Radio Lancashire, Radio Manchester, BBC News Channel, BBC Breakfast, Sky News and Channel 4 News and Crimewatch as well as being quoted in the national and local press.