Year of call 2008
Rebecca joined Chambers in 2023 following a successful career as a defence Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate. In recognition of her achievements as a HCA, she was most listed in the Legal 500 2024 as a ‘Rising Star’.
Following her call to the Bar in 2008 Rebecca has accumulated over 15 years’ experience of the Criminal Justice System, first working for several years as a caseworker in criminal litigation and an accredited police station representative, before qualifying as a Solicitor and HCA in 2020, and a Duty Solicitor in 2021.
In the years since qualification Rebecca has gained vast experience of dealing with matters in the Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, covering the whole spectrum of criminal offences in Courts across the Midlands.
At the Crown Court Rebecca has had the benefit and experience of conducting a variety of serious and complex matters. This includes being a led junior in a 10-handed murder trial and dealing with the complexities of youth sentencing in the Crown Court including for s.18 GBH offences against prison officers. Rebecca has also defended in complex Trading Standards prosecutions and in a variety of drugs operations and their associated POCA proceedings. In 2021 Rebecca appeared before a High Court Judge at one of the prestigious Oakham Castle sittings where she was successful in opposing the application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. Rebecca has also been appointed by the Courts to cross-examine vulnerable witnesses in trials where defendants are not legally represented, including offences of s.18 GBH, false imprisonment, and blackmail. Throughout her practise she has also represented highly vulnerable defendants such as those with significant mental health conditions and learning difficulties, ensuring such individuals are suitably assessed and hitherto undiagnosed issues are brought to the Crown and Court’s attention. This has included her successfully raising the rare defence of non-insane automatism.
Rebecca is a member of the Leicestershire Police ‘Coercive Powers Scrutiny Group’ with The Race and Equality Centre (TREC) in Leicester.
Away from work Rebecca is an avid supporter and season ticket holder at the Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey Club, and is a self-confessed AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego).
Conveying items into prison/Possession of prohibited items in prison
Public Order Offences
Offensive weapons/Bladed articles
LLB (Hons) 2:1, University of Hull (2007)
Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent, Nottingham Law School (2008)
Accredited Police Station Representative, University of Cardiff (2018)
Legal Practice Course, Distinction, Nottingham Law School (2019)
LLM, Distinction, Nottingham Law School (2021)
Accredited Duty Solicitor, University of Cardiff (2021)