Called to the Bar in 2009
Practice Area: Crime, Immigration
BVC The College of Law, LondonMag. Juris International Law (specialising in International Refugee Law) University of Malta Law LL.B. (Hons) University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Rebecca practises predominantly in the areas of criminal defence and immigration. She has a particular interest in areas of law which touch upon the rights of the socially marginalised and disadvantaged.
Rebecca appears before the magistrates’, youth, and crown courts on a daily basis conducting a wide range of hearings. She has extensive experience defending vulnerable clients and those with mental health difficulties.
Rebecca’s defence practice currently spans a variety of conduct including sexual offences, possession, supply and production of drugs, violent crime (including GBH and ABH), public order offences, matters relating to dishonesty (including robbery and domestic burglary) and offences against public justice.
Rebecca has been instructed to represent clients under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Rebecca is regularly instructed privately to represent clients required to answer summonses at the magistrates’ court in relation to road traffic offences.
Rebecca previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong as a refugee status determination officer. Through her work for the UNHCR she gained an in-depth appreciation of refugee determination procedures, international case law and country guidance.
Rebecca has been instructed to represent individuals before the First Tier Tribunal in appeals against asylum decisions and in appeals involving the Entry Clearance Officer. She has also been instructed to undertake bail applications.
She has successfully drafted grounds for permission to appeal to the Upper Tier Tribunal and been instructed to appear in oral hearings at appeal before the same. Rebecca has been instructed to advise on grounds for judicial review.
Rebecca currently undertakes pro bono bail applications on behalf of ‘Bail for Immigration Detainees’ and acts pro bono before the Asylum Support Tribunal on behalf of the ‘Asylum Support Appeals Project’.