• Katie Barker

Rachael Yarwoord - Crown Prosecutor at Crown Prosecution Service

Updated: Apr 26

Rachael Yarwood

Crown Prosecutor at Crown Prosecution Service


Initially I wasn't sure which area of law I wanted to work within, I just knew I wanted there to be a people focus. I enjoy interacting with people and being able to support them through difficult times. I have a strong social conscience and wanted to work in a public sector role that was not money orientated. I feel incredibly lucky that I obtained a training contract at the CPS. The training at the CPS is very open - we don't have seats. You arrange your own secondment to cover non-criminal areas of law, but you can choose pretty much any area. While training in-house, you are free to experience anything that will benefit you in your career and knowledge. I have sped up and down the motorway with the traffic cops and visited centres that support victims of sexual violence - it really is up to you to ensure you learn as much as possible, so when you qualify you are good to go.


"The training at the CPS is very open - we don't have seats. You arrange your own secondment to cover non-criminal areas of law, but you can choose pretty much any area."

At the CPS, I was actively encouraged to think about my career progression and use my training period to further that aim. My colleagues are generous with their time and encourage you to assist on a variety of cases. The best thing to my mind is you are not allocated your own files, all work is done under supervision so you can learn and be supported without fear of making mistakes.


"My qualified day to day job mainly consists of advocacy. I am in court pretty much every day dealing with trials, first appearances and remand courts."

Having now qualified, I work in the North West Magistrates court team, (where I spent most of my training). There are settling around 40 advocates, 30 review lawyers and a large operational delivery team who do a lot of the administrative work on the cases. My qualified day to day job mainly consists of advocacy. I am in court pretty much every day dealing with trials, first appearances and remand courts. I am required to review cases quickly and effectively to ensure each case progresses smoothly. My days are varied and never dull. There is a good work life balance, we can work at home and there are flexible working policies available. The only downside being, as in my legal roles, finishing times can be inconsistent which can hinder evening plans.


"At the CPS there is a huge support network, lots of information and resources available at the click of a button and many training courses throughout the year."


"I enjoy working in-house for such a big organisation for many reasons...[w]e don't time record...[w]e don't bill. We work for the Crown...the focus of what is important is the work".

I enjoy working in-house for such a big organisation for many reasons. We don't time record,we log the time we have worked and how long tasks take for resourcing reasons, but not in the same way commercial lawyers do. We don't bill. We work for the Crown, so have no clients to chase for money, so the focus of what is important is the work as apposed to billing targets etc. At the CPS there is a huge support network, lots of information and resources available at the click of a button and many training courses throughout the year. There is a real focus on career progression. My next goal is to become a RASSO lawyer (rape and serious sexual offences). I'm offered assistance when applying for promotions and able to undertake relevant training that will put me in good stead for available vacancies. All positives of being in-house.


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