Rebecca Brown

Profile

Rebecca specialises in criminal and regulatory proceedings, both as a prosecutor and defence counsel.  She has a busy Crown Court practice across the North Eastern Circuit dealing with a wide range of serious criminal offences, and is the current Head of our Criminal Team.

Recent instructions include offences of murder; attempted murder; robbery; complex fraud; large-scale drugs offences; offences involving firearms; rape and serious sexual assaults; and child sex offences.  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 split between defence and prosecution work. She is a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor and a member of the RASSO panel. 

In addition, Rebecca receives instructions from trading standards and local authorities.  She is particularly experienced in dealing with multi-defendant, paper-heavy trials and large quantities of unused material.  Rebecca regularly advises the prosecution at a pre-charge stage, and has seen her charging advices result in guilty pleas or convictions following trial. 

Rebecca has conducted cases as a leading junior and a led junior and is equally comfortable with both.

Rebecca understands the importance to those instructing her of reliable and well-prepared counsel, and high levels of client care.  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 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.

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 split between defence and prosecution work. She is a CPS Grade 4 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 is experienced in prosecuting paper-heavy cases, and provides training to prosecution authorities on the proper handling of unused material.

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.

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Notable Cases

R v. L (prosecution): Junior counsel to a KC, murder

R v. A Young Person (prosecution): Junior counsel to a KC, murder

R v. D (prosecution): Rape

R v. P (prosecution): Successful prosecution of serious domestic violence despite the withdrawal of the victim

R v. B and Others (prosecution): Led junior.  Multi-defendant trial, offences of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

R v. D (defence): Murder

R v. F (defence): Attempted murder

R v. W (defence): Representing a vulnerable adult accused of rape

R v. S (defence): Representing a man of good character accused of child sex offences

R v. L and Others (defence): 9-week trial, offences of ill-treatment by a care worker following an undercover investigation for ‘Panorama’

 

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2007 

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Associations

Criminal Law Bar Association

North Eastern Circuit

Practice Areas