Dr Rachael Stretch


Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

Prior to coming to Staffordshire University, I had almost ten years teaching experience at Nottingham Trent University. My teaching has generally focused on family law and I write and update an undergraduate text-book. Whilst at Nottingham Trent I completed my PhD which was a comparative study of mandatory reporting in English and French criminal law. This involved qualitative research in both England and France.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD: “A Comparative Study of Offences of Failing to Report in English and French criminal law.” Nottingham Trent University 2002
  • PGCHE Nottingham Trent University 2000
  • Legal Practice Course College of Law, Chester 1995
  • LL.B (Hons) Law and French University of Bristol 1994


  • Family law especially law relating to children

  • Law and disability and SEND

  • Equity and Trusts

  • Quantitative methodology

  • Comparative methodology

  • Professionals and mandatory reporting

Research interests

Following my PhD I continue to be interested in comparative law and at the moment I am researching French laws of anonymous birth and issues related to rights to identity and concepts of the family.

I am also interested in the constructive trust and ownership of the family home.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I am interested in developing partnerships with external stakeholders to further grow the employability of the law school graduate and to develop focused post graduate training opportunities.



  • Module leader Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies
  • Family Law
  • Advice Clinic


  • Module leader Private Client
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Wills and Administration


Questions and Answers Family Law Routledge 2015-6

Questions and Answers Family Law Routledge 2013-4

Questions and Answers Family Law Routledge 2011-2

Questions and Answers Family Law Routledge 2009-10

'Lifting the Veil of Secularity: A Discussion of Law, Liberty and Religious Dress' (2007) 16 Notts Law Journal 67-77

'Duties to Report and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: A Comparison with Mandatory Reporting in France' [2005] Web Journal Current Legal Issues

'The Duty to 'Report and Child Abuse in France: Lessons for England' (2003) 15 CFLQ 139-54.

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