A forceful and courageous advocateLegal 500, 2021 (Crime)

Overview

Rebecca is ranked in the 2021 edition of the Legal 500 as a leading junior in general crime and described as a superb oral advocate, always personable and persuasive in negotiation and in court. She is a forceful and courageous advocate who will not relinquish a good argument without a fight.’

Rebecca is a highly regarded and experienced criminal practitioner. She specialises in criminal defence and has acted as counsel to defendants accused of the most serious criminal offences including murder, manslaughter, rape, historic sexual allegations (including intra-familial and multi-complainant allegations), child cruelty, drug offences, fraud and offences relating to serious violence and firearms.

She is approachable and skilled in representing young and vulnerable defendants. She has extensive experience of representing defendants with complex mental health needs and defences involving insanity, loss of control and diminished responsibility. She is experienced in advising and instructing the relevant experts as well in the use of intermediaries.

She accepts instructions to review and advise on the safety of historic convictions.

Rebecca is regularly invited to speak about legal ‘hot topics’ in the media. She has most recently spoken on LBC radio about the sentences handed down to Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, and Adam Russell, an individual who walked through Gatwick Airport brandishing knives (https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/nick-ferrari/gatwick-airport-two-knives-jail/).

Rebecca is a mentor with the Association of Women Barristers.

Criminal defence & appeals

Rebecca has a breadth of experience defending clients at all levels of the Criminal Justice System. She routinely defends clients at trial for a variety of offences including murder, manslaughter, rape, historic sexual allegations (including intra-familial and multi-complainant allegations, drug offences, fraud and offences relating to serious violence and firearms.

Rebecca is regularly instructed to represent vulnerable defendants due to her personable and empathetic approach. She is experienced in advising and instructing the relevant experts as well as in the use of intermediaries. She has particular expertise dealing with fitness to plead issues and disposals under the Mental Health Act 1983.

 

Prison law

Rebecca’s criminal practice is enhanced by her insight into the prison system, including her experience of conducting parole board hearings and challenging the same.

W v Parole Board (2019) (Wells v Parole Board [2019] EWHC 2710 (Admin) Successful application for judicial review of a decision of the parole board panel not to direct the release of the claimant (https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2019/2710.html

Inquests & public inquiries

Rebecca was instructed as review counsel on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and was allocated to the Rochdale part of the inquiry.

Notable cases

R v KG  (2020)   Junior counsel (led by Nina Grahame QC of GCN) in a case involving the murder of young father with a knife. Guilty plea to manslaughter on basis of loss of control accepted. Involved an assessment of the defendant’s apprehension of violence in light of her psychological trauma and psychiatric problems. Complex expert evidence. Determinate sentence imposed. Intermediary granted for entire proceedings.

R v TF (2020)     Junior counsel in a case involving an allegation of murder in respect of a young male. Multi-handed County Lines case. Substantial amounts of CCTV evidence. Notice of application to dismiss resulted in matters being discontinued against the defendant.

R v AH (2019)    The ‘Ross Geller’ from ‘Friends’ lookalike case that garnered international media attention. Police officer identification excluded following successful legal argument. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-49361965)

R v MA  (2019) Complicated Proceeds of Crime Act (‘POCA’) proceedings (that were extended to a period in excess of 3 years in total) following a conviction for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs for which the defendant was sentenced to a period of 9 years custody.

R v DB (2019)    Young defendant serving a custodial sentence in HMP Hull identified as violent prisoner as part of the government’s ‘10 Prisons Project’. Charged with threats to kill based on words said in mandatory therapy sessions. Applications advanced to stay proceedings as an abuse of process due to entrapment and to exclude the evidence on the basis of fairness.

DPP v G (2019) (DPP v Giles [2019] EWHC 2015 (Admin)) Case stated from the Magistrates Court regarding the requirement for a Newton Hearing when a court is considering accepting a guilty plea in a matter that is being presented by the prosecution as being aggravated by sexual orientation discrimination under section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. (https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2019/2015.html)

R v BS  (2019)    Multi-handed conspiracy to steal and export high end sports cars. Significant cell site evidence. Defendant initially standing trial on 12 count indictment alleging conspiracy. Defence cell site report led to a plea to 1 count of simple theft being accepted by the Crown. Defendant sentenced to suspended sentence order.

R v UFS (2019) Defendant accused of sexual offences determined unfit to plead due to early onset dementia. Counsel identified the mental health issue. Crown ultimately offered no evidence and not guilty verdicts returned.

R v MS  (2018) Represented high-profile individual who was facing allegations of conspiracy to defraud. Successful legal argument advanced objecting to the proposed live link venue in Russia, which led to a terminating ruling. (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7665020/russian-model-smirnoff-heiress-fake-bailiff-hire-ex-husband-debt/)

R v CA   Young defendant facing multiple allegations of rape and sexual assault against a younger child. Significant legal argument relating to previous complaint evidence.

R v HR Child cruelty allegations against mother relating to burns and the subsequent treatment thereof. Extensive cross examination of medical experts.

 

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Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Bar Human Rights Committee
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers

 

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