Rebecca specialises in criminal and regulatory proceedings. She has a busy Crown Court practice across the North Eastern circuit dealing with a wide range of serious criminal offences.
Recent instructions include offences of complex fraud, rape and serious sexual assault, indecent images, robbery and serious violence. Rebecca is experienced in dealing with complicated aspects of law and evidence and her confident and calm court manner has been praised, particularly in cases involving the cross-examination of vulnerable and child witnesses.
Rebecca’s criminal practice is evenly split between defence and prosecution work. She is a CPS Grade 3 prosecutor and receives instructions from a variety of prosecution authorities including the Crown Prosecution Service, Trading Standards and the Department for Work and Pensions. Rebecca regularly advises at a pre-charge stage, and has seen her charging advices result in guilty pleas from defendants or convictions following trial.
Rebecca’s Crown Court practice also extends to making and responding to ancillary applications, including proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, and Restraining Orders.
Rebecca is comfortable with appearing in the Court of Appeal and has presented various successful appeal sentence hearings and an appeal conviction argument before the Lord Chief Justice.
Rebecca understands the importance to solicitors of client care, and the need for reliable and well-prepared counsel. She believes that thorough case preparation, including written advices and intelligently drafted legal applications, are just as important as the presentation of the case once it gets to court.
Rebecca is a proud Teessider, having been schooled locally before studying law at Durham University where she obtained a first class law degree.
R v. H and others: This conspiracy to defraud case involved around 200 complainants and thousands of pages of evidence. Rebecca prosecuted this 5-week trial without a leader, successfully obtaining convictions.
R.v.V: Crown Court trial for the defence. Acquittal of a man accused of the sexual assault of his step-daughter. This case involved careful cross-examination of a juvenile witness and questions of disclosure of third party material and subsequent successful non-defendant bad character application.
R.v.R: Crown Court confiscation hearing for the defence. Successful argument as to why the defendant should not have to pay confiscation amount.
R.v. A and others: Rebecca was junior prosecution counsel, led by now HHJ Sherwin. The defendant was convicted of defrauding his victims of millions of pounds.
Regulatory and Criminal Litigation
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