Year Of CallYear of call: 2013
Becky appears regularly in the Crown Court, Magistrates and Youth Courts across the North-Eastern Circuit, where she both prosecutes and defends. Becky acts in hearings involving serious offences, including sexual, violent and drug offences. Becky recently secured the acquittal of an alleged dwelling burglar in a case which raised issues as to civilian identifications via Facebook and the absence of the PACE Code D safeguards.
Becky undertook pupillage under the supervision of Richard Barradell, a criminal defence specialist.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Becky worked as an Appropriate Adult, in assisting communication in interview between the police and suspects under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults.
Becky is also experienced in dealing with young and vulnerable witnesses, and individuals with mental health issues, having previously worked as a Court of Protection paralegal for 18 months.
Becky accepts instructions in a range of public and private family law matters.
Becky is instructed by both local authorities, parents and grandparents in relation to care proceedings and fact-finding hearings. The cases in which she has acted have raised complex issues, including allegations of non-accidental injury. Becky has also acted in a contested non-molestation hearing involving serious allegations of rape and sexual abuse.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Becky worked as a county court advocate for almost two years. She was regularly instructed in small claim trials, summary judgment, default judgment and strike-out applications and MOJ Stage Three and infant approval hearings. Becky also received regular instructions for bankruptcy, insolvency, debt recovery, mortgage and landlord and tenant proceedings.
Becky undertook the civil part of her pupillage under the supervision of Simon Mallett, and drafted opinions and pleadings in personal injury cases including slips and trips and Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (‘HAVS’).
Becky continues to advise on personal injury claims and receive instructions in civil applications and small claim and fast track trials. In particular, Becky receives instruction in relation to holiday sickness claims.
Becky also receives instructions in relation to taxi licensing appeals and firearms appeals. Becky recently represented a firearms licence-holder who was successful in keeping his licence after he received a single conviction for driving with excess alcohol.
Becky receives instructions for the police in relation to gang injunctions, applications for forced marriage protection orders, FGM protection orders, closure orders, and domestic violence protection orders.
BPTC – BPP Law School, Leeds, Very Competent
Cardiff University – First Class Honours in LLB Law and Criminology
Levitt Scholarship, awarded by Lincoln’s Inn
Hardwicke Scholar, awarded by Lincoln’s Inn
Oxford University Press Prize for highest marks for Law and Joint Honours students, awarded by Cardiff University