Rebecca is an associate in the criminal litigation department, with a reputation as a tenacious criminal defence lawyer who thrives on the legal and strategic challenge involved in preparing a case for trial.
Joining Kingsley Napley from a highly regarded Legal 500 London firm, Rebecca’s experience representing clients from the start of an investigation until the conclusion of a crown court trial as both their litigator and advocate has afforded her valuable experience to predict how cases are likely to develop practically. She is able to represent her clients throughout all stages of the criminal justice process.
With a background in Medical Negligence and Military Law, Rebecca understands the impact a conviction can have on an individual beyond the court room. Routinely making successful representations to investigative authorities for cases to be reviewed in the public interest, she has prevented the detrimental impact an allegation can have on a professional career.
Prior to joining Kingsley Napley she regularly represented established political activist and campaign groups, working within the parameters of restriction orders with high profile clients where confidentiality was paramount.
Her success as an advocate demonstrates her ability to communicate on behalf of her clients at all levels. She has regularly represented clients in the Youth Court and Magistrates’ Court affording her valuable experience in preparing witnesses to give evidence in court proceedings.
She has an excellent track record of achieving out of court disposals, recognising the significance of early disclosure requests to prevent a case from reaching trial. She provides proactive police station advice and representation designed to resolve matters at the earliest opportunity and without charge.
Rebecca has particular expertise advising on:
- Drugs offences
- Fraud and financial crime
- Sexual misconduct
- Public Inquiries
- Serious violence
She also has experience involving investigations brought by a range of investigatory bodies, including:
- City of London Police
- Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
- National Crime Agency (NCA)
- Royal Military Police
- Secured an absolute discharge for a client charged with fraud avoiding any impact on his financial career.
- Secured offers of no evidence from the prosecution for a high value complex fraud after submitting a disclosure request revealing the police had breached criminal procedures rules.
- Achieved offers of no evidence before trial for a multi-handed money laundering allegation and securing alternative bail accommodation raising National Referral Mechanism (NRM).
- Persuaded the local authority to accept lesser charges avoiding any custodial sentence, for a client accused of high value fraud.
- Persuaded the local authority to review four charges that were not in the public interest and secured an out of court disposal for an allegation of fraud.
- Represented a defendant acquitted of 13 counts of sexual assault against five different complainants.
- Represented a defendant accused of three allegations of rape. The police took no further action after interview.
- Represented a young defendant for attempted murder in a gang related case, avoiding conviction after trial.
- Secured a community order for possession of a firearm and ammunition avoiding the mandatory custodial sentence.
- Client acquitted of attempted murder following successful defence of insanity.
- Represented a defendant in relation to Section 1 and Section 2 Terrorism offences, expediting expert reports to assist bail.
- Secured acquittal for possession with intent to supply, despite mistaken admissions in interview.
- Persuaded the CPS to drop a racially aggravated assault following disclosure requests made in the defence statement.
- Persuaded the CPS to drop all assault charges based on no realistic prospect of conviction following a successful bad character application against the complainant.
- Represented defendant accused of high value crypto-currency theft and fraud, working collaboratively to remove freezing orders.
- Represented two co-defendants for child neglect, raising their full defence in interview. The police took no further action immediately after interview.
- Assisting in the preparation of disclosure documents and statements for core participants in a high profile public inquiry.
What clients have said
“Thank you for taking up my case and representing me as my legal counsel. Thanks to your prowess justice was finally served, and we managed to obtain just results. You believed in me and stayed by my side through it all. When I thought it was too much to handle, you were there to give me strength and hope. It was a long process. Thank you so much for your understanding, patience, guidance and dedication to my case. Most of all, thank you for being available during difficult moments. This means a lot to my family and me, and I will forever be grateful to you. Thank you so much.”
“Thank you so much for representing me. You have represented me in a way I felt I was not getting from other solicitors”.
“Calm and clear to talk to”.
“Rebecca’s work on this case is nothing short of outstanding. She demonstrated an instinctive understanding of the issues and the potential flaws in the swathe of documents. She was exceptionally well organised and efficient and paid meticulous attention to detail. I would highly recommend her as amongst the most able solicitors I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”
Memberships and Appointments
- The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA)
- Liberty and Amnesty International.
- Women in Criminal Law (WICL)
Rebecca provides assistance on a number of voluntary and pro bono projects including:
- Amicus Project