Rachel Sackett

In Brief

I qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 and now work exclusively in the field of Mental Health Law.

In the past

I studied Law at the University of Kent, obtaining a 2.1 degree.

I have always been interested in the area of Mental Health Law and whilst at the University of Kent I studied Mental Health as an option.  I also became involved in the Mental Health Law Clinic which at the time was part of the well respected Kent Law Clinic.

I attended the College of Law in Guildford and undertook my training at Harman & Harman in Canterbury.  I remained with Harman & Harman until I moved to Fairweathers in 2006.

In my work

I have undertaken Mental Health work since 1997 and have specialised solely in this area of law since 2003.

I act for clients detained under the Mental Health Act including representation at Mental Health Review Tribunals and assistance with Hospital Manager’s meetings.  I primarily act for clients detained under section 2, section 3 and section 17A of the Mental Health Act.  However, I have also acted for restricted clients detained under section 37/41 of the Act.  I have previously successfully Judicially Reviewed a tribunal decision in a restricted case where the decision was quashed.  At the re-hearing of the case my client obtained a conditional discharge.

I am extremely committed to this area of law and thoroughly enjoy the work I do.  I find it challenging but rewarding.

Industry Associations

I have been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Review Tribunal panel since 2003.

I am a member of the Mental Health Lawyers’ Association.

In my spare time

I have a young family and I love nothing more than spending time with them.  I also enjoy reading, yoga and have recently started a martial arts training group.

Favourite :

  • Place in the World : Venice
  • Thing to do : Spending time with my family
  • Group : Coldplay
  • Film : Breakfast at Tiffany’s


  • Rachel was excellent. Rachel was very understanding and caring. She displayed efficiency, empathy and genuine concern throughout. (Mrs C, Anonymous)

  • Very clear and easy to understand information provided, extremely approachable and friendly solicitor- Rachel Sackett. I was completely satisfied with the service you provided. (Mrs B, Anonymous)

  • Many thanks for your services; you helped me act in a very difficult situation where everyone seemed to be against (or did not believe) me. Once again Many Thanks. (Mr J, Ashford)

  • Rachel was so kind and understanding.  I really felt she was on my side.  Extremely easy to get on with.  Extremely happy with the service.  Thank you Rachel (Mrs M, Ashford)