Rachel has family in the United States who have worked in law enforcement. In 1985 Rachel worked for the United States Government in Pre-trial Services during her University Summer Holidays. This role involved assessing felons at San Joaquin County Jail for release on their own recognizance.
In 1989 at Professional Legal Studies Rachel met Susie Staley and they continued their friendship, sharing their experiences as young practitioners and later deciding to commence practice together.
On her graduation and admission to the Bar in 1989 Rachel began work in a medium sized firm in litigation, primarily in Criminal and Family law, but also some Civil work. This is where Rachel met Catherine Illingworth (who is a registered legal executive and current staff member at Staley Cardoza Lawyers). After that Rachel was invited to join Kam Niak in South Dunedin to develop and service a Family Law Practice, along with carrying out some criminal and employment work.
Rachel has developed a significant family law practice due to her 28 years of experience in the area. She is regularly appointed as Lawyer for Child and Lawyer to Assist the Court in difficult family law cases and deals with complex relationship property matters (including in overseas jurisdictions) often involving companies, trusts and high value assets including farms.
When not at work Rachel and her husband Antony enjoy spending time in their busy household of three boys. Basketball is a feature of home life with Antony being the former coach of the Otago Nuggets and coaching at various levels including national, club and school. Rachel enjoys fashion, especially supporting local designers, interior decorating and exercise.