Rachael E Stretch

Job Title and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Law

    • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on LL. B, LPC and LLM courses

    • Curriculum design and delivery on CILEX apprenticeship programme

    • Ph. D  supervision and support and direction of Ph. D students within the law school.

About Me

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 Ph. D which was a comparative study of mandatory reporting in English and French criminal law.  This involved qualitative research in both England and France.


  • Ph. D:  “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

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

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.

Research Interests

Following my Ph. D 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.

Selected Publications

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.

Current Teaching

LEVEL 6:  Module leader Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies

   Family Law

   Advice Clinic

LEVEL 7: Module leader Private Client

   Family Law and Practice

   Wills and Administration


Rachael Stretch
School of law, Policing & Forensics
Staffordshire University
Law Building
Leek Road
Stoke on Trent
t: +44 (0)1782 294925
e: Rachael.Stretch@staffs.ac.uk