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Dr Rachel Pimm-Smith


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Rachel is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter where she teaches Family Law and Land Law.

Prior to her appointment at Exeter, Rachel taught at the University of Warwick where she completed her doctorate in 2018. Rachel's thesis explored the origins of child protection laws in England and the basis for initally restricting parental rights during the late-nineteenth century. Rachel continues to publish in this area exploring issues such as the history of criminal child neglect and the disproportionate penalisation of poor parents throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Rachel is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a first class LLB from the University of Warwick. She is also a Queen Mother Scholar for Middle Temple Inn and a Diversity Access Scholar for the Law Society.

Rachel's office hours are Wesnesdays 930am to 1130am. 



Other information


Cretney and Probert's Family Law (11th ed, Sweet and Maxwell) Due February 2022

'A newborn of respectable birth would have weighed more' Child and Family Law Quarterly (near submission)

'District Schools and the Erosion of Parental Rights under the Poor Laws: A Case Study from London 1889-1899' Vol 34 (3) Continuity and Change 2019, 401-423

'Evaluating marital stability in late-Victorian Camberwell' Vol 21 Family and Community History 2018, 38-50

'Juvenile de-pauperisation: The journey from public childcare to English citizenship 1884-1900' Unpublished thesis (The University of Warwick, 2018)





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