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Rachel Tunnicliffe Rachel Tunnicliffe

Rachel TunnicliffeHead of Trusts, Wills and Estates

Rachel Tunnicliffe

Contact Details

DDI: 01423 724627
M: 07834 782651
E: rachel.tunnicliffe@raworths.co.uk


Rachel has been highly regarded as a private client expert for many years by clients and other professionals.  She has excellent working relationships with accountants, investment brokers, financial advisers and other lawyers.  She has over 25 years’ experience of dealing with wills, trusts and wider succession issues for individuals and families.  She advises on structures to pass on wealth and businesses in tax efficient and family-appropriate ways.  She often acts for several generations of the same family, providing a “virtual private office” service.

Rachel acts as a trustee for many private trusts and a small number of charities, and also advises professional and lay trustees on their duties.

Matters Rachel has dealt with include:

  • The negotiation and creation of family charters or constitutions, which can govern how family assets are managed across the generations.
  • Advising on succession planning for business owners wanting to achieve fairness between children who work in the business and children who do not.
  • Working with family investment companies, trusts and LLPs to manage complex assets.
  • Creating structures to manage wealth following the sale of a business.
  • Variation of Trusts Act Applications in the High Court.


Born: Durham
Education: Durham High School, St Anne’s College, Oxford and College of Law, York.
Previous roles: Trained in London at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff (Now Forsters); Partner at Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard); Partner at Gordons LLP
Joined Raworths: February 2014
Solicitor: Qualified in 1993

Member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


“The ‘wonderful’ Rachel Tunnicliffe heads a ‘highly talented’ team of private lawyers at Raworths…”

“Rachel Tunnicliffe is a trusted adviser for her clients and is ‘excellent’ at overseeing families’ affairs.”

Legal 500 2020 (Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate – Yorkshire)


“Rachel is knowledgeable, proactive, responsive, personable and a joy to work alongside.”

“…her client relationships are very deep and long-standing. She does an excellent job of building a long-term relationship with clients.”

The team is praised for its client service and technical expertise. “… Their key strength is the client relationship, clients like them and they have very good rapport with them…they’re very good at addressing technical issues.”

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019 (Private Wealth Law – York, Hull and surrounds)