Rebecca is an attractive advocate who commands attention for the points she is making but also has the fortitude to stand her ground when the situation requires

Overview

Rebecca is an established criminal defence practitioner, whose practice is complemented by her immigration and prison law experience.

Rebecca has a particular interest in areas of law which touch upon the rights of the socially marginalised and disadvantaged. She has significant experience dealing with vulnerable individuals, including those with mental health or mental capacity issues.

She is known for combining tenacious and persuasive advocacy with a sensitive and personable approach.

Rebecca joined Garden Court North Chambers in 2019, returning to the North West region following almost a decade practising from London on the South Eastern Circuit.

Criminal defence and appeals

Rebecca has a breadth of experience defending clients at all levels of the Criminal Justice System and is regularly instructed in a full range of criminal matters. She routinely defends clients at trial for a variety of offences including serious sexual offences, drug offences, serious violence (including child cruelty), matters of dishonesty and protest cases.

Rebecca has experience in cases involving the application, variation and breach of Sexual Risk Orders and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders/Sexual Harm Prevention Orders as well as Criminal Behaviour Orders.

Rebecca is regularly instructed to represent vulnerable defendants due to her personable and empathetic approach. She has particular expertise dealing with fitness to plead issues and disposals under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Examples of Rebecca’s criminal defence work can be found in ‘Notable cases’.

Prison law

Rebecca’s involvement in prison law stems from her interest in cases with a human rights or civil liberties dimension.

Rebecca has been instructed to represent prisoners in parole hearings and advise on issues that arise during prison life. Her experience of criminal and immigration law enables her to consider the wider issues that arise in such matters.

Immigration

Rebecca has represented appellants In the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chambers) covering a broad spectrum of immigration, asylum and nationality law. She has also regularly undertaken bail applications for those in immigration detention and currently accepts pro bono instructions through Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Rebecca has advised on the merits of, and drafted grounds for, appeals to the Upper Tier Tribunal, has experience of advising on judicial review and has previously advised on quantum relating to claims of unlawful detention.

Whilst in London, Rebecca volunteered for the Asylum Support Appeals Project representing asylum seekers and failed asylum seekers whose applications for support had been discontinued or rejected.

Rebecca’s approach to immigration and asylum cases is assisted by her previous work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (‘UNHCR’) in Hong Kong as a refugee status determination officer. Through her work for the UNHCR she gained an in-depth appreciation of refugee determination procedures, international case law and country guidance.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Rebecca spent time in Malta where she obtained her Masters degree specialising in International Refugee Law under the guidance of UNHCR Nanson prizewinner, lawyer Dr Katrine Camilleri. She gained invaluable experience working alongside Dr Camilleri at the Jesuit Refugee Service. During this time her research on asylum policy in Malta was published and distributed internationally by the Fondation de Malte and presented at the International Federation for Human Rights (Brussels).

Inquests and 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 BS Multi-handed conspiracy to steal high end sports cars, significant cell site evidence;
  • R v UFS Defendant accused of sexual assault unfit to plead due to early onset dementia, dismissed;
  • R v MS High profile multi-handed conspiracy to defraud, successful legal argument leading to terminating ruling;
  • R v EJ Child cruelty allegations against mother relating to alleged beatings using implements, ultimately acquitted;
  • 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, acquitted;
  • R v RP Young defendant with severe mental health difficulties and psychosis facing allegations of GBH, expert psychiatric evidence called and significant legal argument relating to disposal (section 37/ section 41 hospital orders);
  • R v HR Child cruelty allegations against mother relating to burns and the subsequent treatment thereof, involved extensive cross examination of medical experts, acquitted;
  • R v LL Witness intimidation trial involving judicial review of committal proceedings before the High Court, dismissed at half time;
  • R v LL Multi-handed armed robbery trial, applications advanced for exclusion of forensic evidence;
  • R v DM Successful application made for trial of a young boy with severe leaning difficulties to be stayed as an abuse of process before fact-finding proceedings as no useful purpose could be served by the finding the facts;
  • R v LW (and ors) Acted for defendants in protest case facing section 137 Highways Act 1980 offences, reliance placed on R v Zeigler, defendants acquitted.

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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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