Rachael O'Connor

Rachael O'Connor


I joined the School of Law as a lecturer in June 2018, following working as a commercial lawyer within an international law firm. In my post-qualification years, I worked within a small team and specialised in advising companies, public authorities and other businesses on transactional taxes including corporation tax, VAT, employment taxes and property taxes.

In my two year training contract before qualifying as a solicitor, as well as corporate tax, I also worked in the real estate, employment and corporate teams.

I am a graduate of the LLB Law and Accounting programme at the University of Leeds and the University of Law's Legal Practice Course (PGDip) programme.

I am very passionate about community engagement projects, having volunteered as part of the Legal Advice Clinic whilst I was a student at the University of Leeds and then having been responsible for organising community volunteering events with professionals throughout my time in practice. I am now involved with other members of staff in organising wider community engagement projects in the School of Law, in particular the StreetLaw project.

I am also an avid supporter of equality and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. I am steering committee member of the Yorkshire branch of Women in Tax (a professional group which supports women working in tax nationally) and I support and assist the student led Women Breaking Barriers initiative within the School of Law. I also sit on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee within the School.

When I'm not in the School, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and in particular, walking my Lhasa Apso puppy Rudy. I also love rehearsing and performing with my local musical theatre group.

Research interests

My research/scholarship interests lie predominantly in the area of legal education and student experience in terms of teaching, co-curricular activites and beyond. I am currently developing a research project with the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education which will have a particular focus on international students, drawing on my experiences in practice and also my involvement with inclusion and diversity initiatives within the School.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • LLB Law and Accounting
  • PGDip Legal Practice Course

Professional memberships

  • The Law Society
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Chartered Institute of Taxation

Student education

My role is focused around student education in terms of both teaching and research interests. I teach within the School of law at both undegraduate and postgraduate level and am responsible for supervising undergraduate dissertations, as well as being a personal tutor to a number of undergraduate students.

My primary teaching areas are tax law and employment law. I also teach company law, land law and equity and trusts law.

I engage with student education more widely outside the classroom through my scholarship and through my involvement in our community engagement projects, the Internationalisation Committee and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education