Rachel Chapman

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Prison Law Consultant
How can I help you?

I am a Prison Law Consultant specialising in representing women prisoners.  I cover all aspects of prison law including advocacy at parole hearings and I have full conduct of the case.

A little about me

I am totally dedicated and passionate about the work I do. I decided to specialise in representing women because they are often overlooked in the criminal justice system despite there being some significant differences in practice. I approach every case with an open and non-judgemental mind and I am totally committed to effectively representing each client. I find it particularly rewarding to help clients navigate through the parole process towards their release.

My experience

I have been practising in prison as a specialist in representing women prisoners since 1997. I have extensive practical experience of all types of prison law and considerable knowledge of the female criminal justice system. I act for legally aided and private paying clients.

I was a member on the Executive Committee of the Association of Prison Lawyers (APL)  for 7 years and the Parole Board lead for 3 years. I work closely with PAS (Prisoners Advice Service) and I hold a monthly clinic for them at Styal to ensure that  the women can still receive prison law  advice even  when it is not covered by legal aid. I am also a member of the Women Prisoners Justice Group.

I have a keen interest in research into women in the criminal justice system. I completed a Griffins fellowship into the challenges women lifers face prior to and on release. I have provided training for Datalaw, APL, PAS and in women prisons for prisoners and staff. I have worked as a lecturer  in criminal justice at Liverpool John Moore’s University and Liverpool Hope university. I have also worked in a voluntary capacity as a Chair of Youth Offender Panels due to my interest in the restorative justice model.   

Client Testimonials

Rachel is honest, realistic and most importantly, reliable. I know exactly where I am with my case and what she's doing for me. Rachel is very easy to reach and always makes time to explain things to me clearly and honestly both over the phone and in writing.

- Miss Hamid

Rachel Chapman has been so supportive and helpful over the past 6 years.

- Ms T

Each and every time I've needed Rachel, she's been more than helpful and extremely professional. I particularly like that every time there was more info, I was informed

- Miss Maguire 

Rachel goes above & beyond to help you, she gets to know you on a personal level

- Miss L Ellis