Rachel is a Legal Director in the Dispute Resolution team.
Rachel has extensive experience of providing general landlord and tenant dispute resolution advice across a large direct real estate investment portfolio. She regularly advises on tenant insolvency, dilapidations, forfeiture, lease renewals and contested break options and claims for breach of covenant. Prior to that Rachel acted for Housing Associations and private residential landlords in bringing possession claims including nuisance and anti-social behaviour claims. She has dealt with high value and complex litigation cases.
Rachel joined Hewitsons in 2020 from a small regional firm in Norwich. She trained as a Legal Executive with Eversheds in 2000 before going on to qualify as a solicitor in 2007. She worked as Senior Counsel for Aviva plc for a number of years before returning to private practice in 2016.
Rachel is a member of the Property Litigation Association. She is ranked as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 2021 edition.
Suspension of right to forfeit – is the cure worse than the disease?
Landlord successfully obtains summary judgement for non-payment of rent and service charges despite the current governments COVID 19 measures.
Commercial landlords - Handling unpaid rent
COVID-19 – respite for renters
COVID-19 and Commercial Landlords
20th Mar 2020
Latest testimonials"Rachel Sims dealt with most of the dispute. She was professional in her manner, quick to answer my emails, and put into force restrictions on hedges and so forth when threats from the neighbours were received."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500