Rachel is a Partner in Dispute Resolution specialising in both commercial litigation and media law. In the area of commercial litigation, Rachel acts on an on-going basis on behalf of various companies and financial institutions before the High Court, to include the Commercial Division, dealing with actions for specific performance, enforcement, breach of contract and injunctions. Rachel also regularly represents clients at mediation and arbitration.
In media law, Rachel has significant expertise in defamation, privacy and also in providing pre-publication advice to clients. Rachel has also been involved in several high profile media related cases to include successfully defending a client in respect of the first injunction brought under Section 33 of the Defamation Act 2009.
Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland in 2002.
Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2003.
BA 1997, University College Dublin.
Member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
Achievements and Endorsements
Rachel has contributed to a number of articles on commercial litigation and media law. Rachel has also made presentations in the Law Society of Ireland on the topic of arbitration.
“Rachel is very good commercially and gives good strategic advice…extremely responsive, client-focused, solution-driven and strategic and commercial in their advices.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021
“Rachel is a brilliant lawyer and a really shrewd advisor.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021
“Rachel has depth of knowledge allied to practical application.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2020
“Rachel is recognised as a leading individual”
Chambers Europe, 2018
“The very capable and driven Rachel Shanley”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
Rachel Shanley “grasps complicated issues quickly and engages with the case in a pragmatic and practical manner.”
Chambers Europe, 2016
Rachel Shanley is “an impressive media lawyer,” with ability to “keep a steady hand and understand the objectives of her clients.”
Chambers Europe, 2015
Rachel Shanley provides ‘thorough and reliable advice’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
Rachel Shanley’s advice is ‘consistently thorough and helpful’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2014