Rachel Woodburn

Rachel Woodburn

  • Head of Knowledge & Learning

Rachel leads our Knowledge Management and Learning & Development teams. A Travers Smith veteran, she joined the firm in 1995, becoming a partner in the Private Equity team in 1999. 

Having subsequently moved into a professional support role in the Corporate department, Rachel has led the Knowledge Lawyer team at Travers Smith since 2000 and her remit now extends to the development and implementation of our knowledge management strategy and overall responsibility for the professional development of our lawyers and business services teams.

Knowledge management

Rachel and the wider Knowledge team at Travers Smith take responsibility for ensuring that the firm has the latest legal knowledge, market intelligence and best practice at its fingertips, and that we leverage our knowledge and experience in delivering a first-class service to clients. Rachel also coordinates our thought leadership and knowledge resources for clients and others externally. She is a member of the firm’s Brexit Working Group.

Learning & Development 

Rachel oversees the design and delivery of our legal and professional skills training programmes across the firm, underpinning our lawyers’ reputation for technical excellence, business acumen and strong interpersonal skills. She is also responsible for ensuring that we continually develop our training programmes to support the emergence of new roles and to reflect technological advances in the wider legal market.

Legal background

Rachel is an experienced corporate lawyer with a background in private equity and M&A. She continues to draw on her many years as a fee-earning lawyer in designing effective knowledge and training solutions for the firm's lawyers and its clients.