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.
Rebecca is a proud Teessider, having been schooled locally before studying law at Durham University where she obtained a first class law degree.
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.
R v. B and others: Conspiracy to supply Class A; junior counsel
R v. B: Aggravated burglary
R v. F and others: Conspiracy to defraud; junior counsel
R v. P: s.18 wounding with intent
YCCTS v. W and W: Regulatory offences; leading counsel
YCCTS v. M and others: Conspiracy to defraud and Regulatory offences; leading counsel in a 3-month trial at the Crown Court at Manchester Crown Square
YCCTS v. S and others: Conspiracy to defraud and Regulatory offences; junior counsel in a 5-month trial at the Crown Court at Manchester Crown Square
R v.C: Rape; defence counsel
R v. V: Sexual activity with a child; defence counsel