Rachel Murphy

Senior Chartered Legal Executive

Rachel joined Burton Copeland in 2014 with over 25 years experience in Criminal Law. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, qualifying in 2004, and is a member of the Police Station Accreditation Scheme regularly attending police stations to represent those arrested for a wide range of offences.

Rachel prepares a wide range of cases from simple theft to murder, and is also experienced in preparing cases relating to Proceeds of Crime. She has developed a particular specialism in sexual offence cases. She is well respected and recommended within the Criminal Bar for her approach to case preparation and handling of cases.

Notable cases:

R - v - A - Defended a male charged with various offences of rape serious assault and firearms offences involving four women whom he allegedly groomed to become his personal sex slaves - subjecting them to beatings, physical punishments and public humiliation if they were seen to disobey his strict rules.

Daily Mail Coverage

R-v- M – Represented a female charged with large scale Million pound plus Class A drugs conspiracy – Case dismissed following legal argument

R- v- C – Represented a male charged with double rape allegation, case involved intricate mobile telephone analysis and third party disclosure issues – Defendant was acquitted

R- v- H – Successfully defended male charged with cash in transit robbery where forensic evidence recovered. Prosecution offered no evidence following a challenge to this evidence prior to trial.

R-v-B - Female teaching assistant charged with sexual offences accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with a 15 year old male pupil. Ms B pleaded guilty to the offences on a limited basis which was accepted by the prosecution and was initially given a suspended prison sentence. The case generated press attention across the world which led to a review of the original sentence. The case then came before the Court of Appeal when the suspended sentence was overturned and Ms B was given an immediate custodial sentence.

Manchester Evening News Coverage

Telegraph Coverage

BBC Coverage

R-v-N - Mr N contacted Rachel personally following recommendation. He had been charged with numerous counts of voyeurism, possession and sharing of thousands of indecent images and causing a child to engage in sexual activity. There was an issue in relation to file sharing aspect of the case and a defence expert was instructed which led to the prosecution accepting a basis of plea and thereby a reduction in sentence. When the case came before the Court he was given a suspended prison sentence.

R-v-AB - Represented a young male charged with a serous street robbery involving the use of a firearm where the defendant has been positively identified by the victim at an identification parade. The case required a detailed analysis and questioning of large amounts of unused material in the case by the defence which led to the prosecution offering no evidence on the first day of trial.