Rebecca has represented local authorities, parents and guardians at all stages of proceedings from interim hearings to finding of fact and final hearings. She has adopted a very thorough approach to advising and representing her clients, and she has recently appeared in the High Court, representing the local authority through to the case completion. Rebecca has experience of applications regarding exercising the court’s inherent jurisdiction in relation to deprivation of liberty safeguards for children.
She regularly accepts instructions for cases which involve complex issues such as non-accidental injuries, forced marriage, domestic abuse and violence, jurisdictional issues, and physical and sexual abuse.
Rebecca has a very thorough approach to public law matters, and understands that the proceedings can be distressing for those involved, therefore she handles matters sensitively and to the client’s needs.
Rebecca also has experience in private family matters including Children Act proceedings, injunctive matters and ancillary relief. She has represented the applicant and respondent in such cases. Rebecca has represented and advised clients at all stages of proceedings, and understands the importance of such cases to the individuals involved.
Before joining Central Chambers, Rebecca worked as a Project Officer at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. She was responsible for resolving complaints and grievances individuals had against public bodies and government institutions, as an alternative to individuals pursuing litigation. Her main caseload involved complaints against the NHS, and she was responsible for investigating the complaint; instructing and questioning experts; and producing a detailed written report with her findings.
University of Manchester – LLB (Law) – First Class
Manchester Metropolitan University – BPTC – Very Competent
Re RB – representing the respondent father in private proceedings, where allegations of sexual and physical abuse had been raised against him in respect of the mother and child. All allegations were not proven, and regular contact was re-instated between child and father.
Re GH – representing the respondent father in care proceedings. Allegations of non-accidental injuries were made against the mother and father; successfully demonstrated injuries were not as a result of NAI at finding of fact hearing and child was returned to parents care.
Re J – representing the respondent father in care proceedings. At a finding of fact hearing, allegations of sexual abuse against the father were dismissed following a finding of fact hearing.
Re C – alleged Human Trafficking case. Represented the respondent father following the removal of the children due to concerns they had been trafficked to the UK. Found that the Court had no jurisdiction and there was no risk to the children, therefore ICO’s ended and the children were returned to parents’ care.
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