Notable cases

Criminal Law

R v SK (Harrow and Luton Crown Courts, 2019) - Successfully represented the defendant on appeal further to four convictions for permitting his car to be used with no insurance. The appellant’s case was that the permission he gave was conditional: he believed that the driver had valid insurance, although the checks on the insurance after the event did not confirm any such insurance was in fact in place and was deemed an invalid certificate. Despite the offences being considered strict liability, the appellant was acquitted of all counts and a defence costs order was granted.

R v GD (Croydon Crown Court, 2019) - Represented defendant in historic sex case. Pleaded guilty to historic offences dating to the 80s, when the defendant was running an after school club. Sexually assaulted a 7-year old boy for 3 years. Defendant was nearing the end of a custodial sentence for like offences; Rebecca secured a short term of 16 months’ imprisonment for these further offences.

R v FM (Stratford Magistrates’ Court, May 2019m) - Rebecca successfully defended at trial when the Defendant was alleged to have been using a mobile phone whilst driving. The prosecution case fell upon the evidence of a Police Officer who maintained that he witnessed the defendant using his mobile phone whilst driving. Rebecca successfully advanced submissions at the close of the prosecution case on the interpretation of ‘interactive communication’ as required under section 110 Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.

The defendant was acquitted without having to give evidence and a Defence Costs Order was granted to the Defendant.

R v B (Luton Crown Court, 2014) - Successfully defended client charged with taking revenge and possession of offensive weapon, by arguing there was no case to answer at the close of the Crown’s case.

R v JR (Wood Green Crown Court, 2014) - Secured acquittal for client charged with domestic ABH.

R v B (Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2014) – Youth sentenced for arson with intent to endanger life- successful mitigation resulted in sentence of Youth Rehabilitation Order

R v B (Stratford Youth Court, 2015) - Secured acquittal for a youth on a multi-handed robbery charge.

MKDP LLP v AR (Uxbridge County Court, 2015) – Successful limitation argument advanced on behalf of the defendant in a consumer credit trial.

R v H (Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2015) - Successful mitigation for multiple breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and breach of a suspended sentence order – Defendant sentenced to a community order.

R v P (Harrow Crown Court, 2016) – Successfully defended client of previous good character at trial involving multiple counts of racially aggravated offences which were caught on CCTV.

R v E (Northampton Crown Court, 2017) – A case of perverting the course of justice: by sending multiple texts and emails to the Police purporting to be from a complainant in a child rape trial. Significant aggravating features include that the complainant was the client’s daughter and the original trial was derailed as a consequence of E’s actions. The defendant charged with rape had received a term of 15 years’ imprisonment. Despite the aggravating features, Rebecca secured a sentence of 12-months’ imprisonment, after trial.

Immigration Law

SSHD v BOS - Manchester- IAC September 2019 - Successful appeal against the decision of the SSHD to refuse to issue a residence card under the EEA regulations. Appeal included earlier findings from the First Tier and Upper Tribunals that the appellant lacked credibility.

SSHD v EM (Taylor House IAC, 2018) – successful appeal against the decision of the SSHD to refuse to issue a residence card under the EEA Regulations.

SSHD v PS (Newport IAC, 2018) – Successful asylum appeal before the First-Tier tribunal. The SSHD refused the claim, and duly contested the appeal on every element bar nationality. The Immigration Judge found favour with the Appellant's case and allowed the appeal.

SSHD v H (Hatton Cross IAC, 2015) – Rebecca successfully represented Mr H on appeal in an EEA residence card appeal , with judgment being delivered on the day.

SSHD v S - Successful appeal to the first tier tribunal on behalf of an appellant who had served a significant term of imprisonment further to a conviction for fraud. Rebecca successfully argued that the Appellant did not represent a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to justify deportation. The Immigration Judge found in favour and allowed the appeal.