Rebecca accepts instructions in all areas of family law including private and public law children cases. She has represented parents, Guardians, Local Authorities and interveners at all tiers up to and including the High Court. Rebecca is also well versed, and has a particular interest, in representing children as a separate party to proceedings.
Rebecca’s experience includes cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, factitious illness, vulnerable adults, adolescent parents and complex cultural issues such as honour based violence, FGM and forced marriage. She has acted in multi-day final, composite and fact finding hearings including as led junior for the Local Authority in a case concerning the infliction of catastrophic injury in which findings were ultimately made against a special guardian.
In addition, Rebecca is frequently instructed on behalf of the police and Local Authorities to provide written advice and representation in disclosure and PII applications; an area in which she has a keen interest .
Rebecca also appears in injunctive proceedings and continues to build her practice in financial remedy work accepting a broad range of instructions in matters arising from the dissolution of a marriage.
Criminal & Regulatory
Rebecca regularly prosecutes and defends in the Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and has appeared before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). Her experience covers a wide-range of offences including violent crime, sexual offences and fraud. Rebecca has also appeared as led junior in a number of multi-handed conspiracy cases.
In the criminal jurisdiction, Rebecca has a particular interest in financial matters and is frequently instructed in cases involving the confiscation and forfeiture of monies seized pursuant to Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 as well as offences under the Companies Act 2006 and Insolvency Act 1986.
Rebecca also acts in private prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and the RSPCA.
Prior to joining Chambers, Rebecca worked in the criminal department of a large firm of solicitors and therefore has extensive experience of representing individuals at the police station accused of offences across the spectrum. She also has experience of Mental Health Act and UK Border Agency cases .
Rebecca also appears in Coroners Inquests and is keen to expand her practice in this area .
- Public Access Qualified
- CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor
- RASSO and Vulnerable Witness Training accredited
EDUCATION & AWARDS
- LLM Advanced Legal Practice Northumbria University - Distinction
- M Law Excepting (incorporating the BPTC) Northumbria University – First Class
- Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize - Middle Temple
- Certificate of Honour - Middle Temple
- Linda Sykes Memorial Prize for Best Graduating Student - Northumbria University
- Northumbria Law Press Prize for Best Final Year Project - Northumbria University
- UK Human Rights Lawyers Association Bursary Award 2012
- Northumbria University Honour Roll 2010-2011
- YLCE Education Award
Rebecca is visiting lecturer at Northumbria University and a contributor to the quarterly Environmental Law Review which includes case law and legislative updates prepared in conjunction with Newcastle University.
Rebecca is also instructed by the Government Legal Department (GLD) under the "Junior Junior" (JJ) scheme.
Rebecca is fully committed to the continued representation of both privately and publicly funded clients and can accept instructions on a public access basis .
Prior to joining Chambers, Rebecca spent time as a defence intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Thereafter she worked as a legal assistant for the Libyan Government in the case of The Prosecutor v Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi before the International Criminal Court. She is keen to maintain links with international practice.
Rebecca also worked with the Prison and Probation Ombudsman assisting with research in to deaths in custody and the treatment of serving prisoners which contributed to Ministry of Justice publications regarding end of life care and the use of restraints on seriously ill and dying prisoners .