Overview

Rebecca Wright has been practising as a lawyer since 2007 in multiple jurisdictions, including the United States and countries across the Middle East and Central Asia. She currently practises in all areas of family law, with a particular focus on complex care cases, financial remedy proceedings and human rights proceedings. She is a lawyer qualified in both England and Wales and the United States.

Rebecca is an approachable, empathetic barrister who focusses on clients’ needs and the legal strategies best suited to their goals. Clients praise her ability to combine intellectual rigour and tenacity in court with a personable, reassuring manner: she understands how stressful and upsetting family proceedings can be and does her utmost to guide clients through the process with minimal stress. Rebecca has worked with vulnerable clients and witnesses around the world, including cases of torture, genocide and sexual abuse. She is committed to ensuring that the voices of the most vulnerable members of society are heard and that every individual is given the opportunity to engage effectively with the legal system.

Rebecca is comfortable tackling cross-jurisdictional matters, including those with a financial component, having worked both as an international human rights lawyer and as an international corporate lawyer for top-ranked US law firms.

Family law

Rebecca is regularly instructed on the following matters:

  • Public children proceedings
  • Deprivation of Liberty Orders and Secure Accommodation Orders
  • Financial remedy proceedings, including enforcement
  • Private children proceedings
  • Non-molestation orders, occupation orders
  • Forced Marriage Protection Orders
  • Expert advice: cross-jurisdictional matters and enforcement in foreign jurisdictions.
Public family law proceedings

Rebecca has extensive experience in public law proceedings acting for parents, the Local Authority and the children. She has been involved in complex finding of fact hearings dealing with issues including non-accidental injuries, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, cross-border drug trafficking, severe neglect and radicalisation. Her background in criminal law has provided her an excellent foundation for cross examining witnesses and navigating disclosure from parallel criminal proceedings.

Deprivation of Liberty and Secure Accommodation Orders

Rebecca is regularly instructed to deal with applications for Deprivation of Liberty Orders and Secure Accommodation Orders. She is well versed in the legal framework for such orders.

Financial remedy proceedings

Rebecca has amassed a wide variety of experience in financial matters including cases involving honour-based violence, dissipation of assets and both psychological and physical abuse. She worked for a number of years in London, Doha and New York as a criminal/ corporate lawyer focussed on white-collar crime and general financial crimes and is comfortable dealing with numbers and corporate structures, including offshore assets.

Private family law proceedings

Rebecca represents parents and children in private law disputes. She is frequently instructed in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse and proceedings where there is a cross-over between applications for child arrangements orders, non-molestation orders and occupation orders. She has successfully obtained Forced Marriage Protection Orders for clients.

Expert advice: cross-jurisdictional/ enforcement in foreign jurisdictions

Rebecca has been instructed to provide expert advice to solicitors, clients and to the court on family law in foreign jurisdictions and the enforceability of Child Arrangement Orders and Financial Remedy Orders in these jurisdictions. Her particular expertise is the United States and most jurisdictions across the Middle East.

Crime and Protest Rights

Rebecca has represented individuals in respect of a wide range of offences in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court.

Rebecca previously worked as a criminal barrister in London where she had a busy criminal and regulatory practice, including as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. She was seconded to Peters & Peters for six months, a leading white-collar crime firm.

General Crime

Rebecca has represented individuals in respect of a wide range of offences in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court.

Rebecca previously worked as a criminal barrister in London where she had a busy criminal and regulatory practice, including as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. She was seconded to Peters & Peters for six months, a leading white-collar crime firm.

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association.
Family Law Bar Association.

Background

Rebecca completed a three-year law degree at Berkeley and Harvard Law Schools and is a member of the New York Bar.

Rebecca worked for a number of years as an international human rights lawyer. In 2008, whilst living in Cairo and working for an Egyptian NGO called EIPR, she established a strategic litigation initiative spanning North Africa. As part of this initiative, she brought successful human rights cases against countries including Egypt, Sudan and Libya (See, for example, EIPR and Interights v Egypt (2011) and EIPR, Interights and HRW v Libya (2011)).

Other projects Rebecca has undertaken include gathering evidence in Afghanistan on the impact of the conflict on civilians (with a report she co-authored presented to the US Senate) and a review of orphanages and the treatment of children in custody in Syria and Egypt. She was Head of International Programmes at the Children Legal Centre and Head of Transitional Justice at Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Since 2019, Rebecca has undertaken various projects aimed at promoting the rule of law in Libya, with a particular focus on corruption in Libya, and has been involved with cases before the International Criminal Court.

Rebecca regularly delivers legal training and seminars. She has taught at the University of Oxford, San Diego State University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Chester. She has lectured and delivered conference papers on a wide range of subjects. She mentors young people in Cheshire and North Wales and has participated in Inner Temple’s social mobility initiatives (widening access to the Bar) and Oral History project. She was formerly a trustee of Freedom from Torture and The Schools Consent Project (a charity she helped to establish) and is currently a trustee of Citizens Advice Bureau in Wrexham.

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