Rebecca’s practice involves both defence and prosecution work, though with greater emphasis on the former. Aside from advocacy and advice in criminal matters, she has experience of professional regulation and road traffic matters at every level.
Legal 500 (2018) ‘Her ability to persuade juries, other counsel and the judiciary is impressive.’
Legal 500 (2019) ‘Extremely hardworking and an excellent advocate.’
Legal 500 (2020) ‘She both defends and prosecutes serious cases. ’
Rebecca has defended and secured the acquittal of defendants in cases involving serious offences of violence, rape, armed robbery, fraud, drugs offences, child cruelty and money laundering. She has extensive experience of sex cases generally, and clients she has defended have been acquitted of sexual offences at every level of seriousness, whether facing charges of rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault or exposure, both historic and contemporary. She is not afraid to pursue cases that seem evidentially difficult. She has also had considerable success in persuading the prosecution not to proceed to trial in a number of serious cases. A client acquitted of rape after trial in 2017 described her representation of him as “exceptional” and “absolutely impeccable”. She has represented both elderly and child defendants facing trial for sexual allegations (including of an historic nature) where the issues have involved consent, identification and dispute as to fact.
While she has represented defendants charged with a range of the most serious offences, she also understands that being charged with even a comparatively minor offence is a stressful experience for most people. Recognising that the outcome of a case can have a significant effect on an individual’s future, she puts as much emphasis on case preparation for less grave allegations as for the most serious.
Rebecca has wide-ranging experience with vulnerable and disadvantaged clients, including young defendants and those with serious mental illness. She is approachable and friendly and believes that client care is extremely important. She always seeks to put clients at their ease by supporting them through the legal process as fully and sensitively as is possible and appropriate.
- Criminal Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit
- Association of Women Barristers
- Lincoln’s Inn
- Grade 2 CPS Counsel
Awards, Qualifications & Other
- BA (Hons) Modern History (Pembroke College, University of Oxford) (1996)
- MA Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL) (2000)
- PGDL (College of Law) (2002)
- BVC (Inns of Court School of Law) (part time) (2004)
Rebecca was in full time work after she left university until she started her pupillage in 2005 – first for the British Council (1996-2002), and then as a Policy Adviser at the Law Society (2002-2005). She studied part time for her MA, and then to qualify for the bar, while working full time for these organisations.