Rachel returns to roots to start specialist role

BACK IN SUFFOLK: Rachel Astill has taken up a new position at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite in Sudbury.
BACK IN SUFFOLK: Rachel Astill has taken up a new position at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite in Sudbury.

A Suffolk-born solicitor has returned from Europe’s big cities to fill “a gap in the market” in Sudbury.

Rachel Astill has spent her post-graduate years chasing the bright lights of legal practice in London, Paris and Brussels but has decided the time is right to return to the county she considers home.

Specialising in company and commercial law, Mrs Astill has been appointed by Bates Wells and Braithwaite to advise clients on corporate and commercial matters.

She said she was attracted to the post as she saw a “gap in the market” to offer her skills to the many business in Sudbury.

“There are a lot of accountants and solicitors in the town but they are very much geared to the individual,” said Mrs Astill.

Now living in Nayland, the 38-year-old said she hopes to settle in the area to allow her two children to enjoy “the same level of upbringing” that she did.

She added: “I had a lovely childhood in Suffolk.”

Company director Kate Barnes added: “Rachel has a real knowledge of manufacturing and industry, making her a great fit with our existing practice and a valuable addition to the team.

“Rachel’s appointment means we are the only firm offering a specialist commercial solicitor in Sudbury, which we hope will prove a great benefit to clients.”