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 undertook pupillage under the supervision of Richard Barradell, a criminal defence specialist.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Becky volunteered as an Appropriate Adult for suspects under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults, assisting communication in police interviews.
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 with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors for 18 months.
R v C et al (2022): Led by Rupert Doswell in a multi-handed and multi-week Class A and B drugs conspiracy trial in Hull Crown Court in which all Defendants were convicted. The case involved international payments to Colombia and vast amounts of surveillance, telephone and expert drugs evidence.
R v T et al. (2021): Led by Rebecca Stevens defending a conspiracy to commit robbery, during which it was alleged that one of the conspiring robbers was killed. Vast amounts of telephone data and CCTV footage was involved. Pleas to a lesser offence were acceptable after the trial had commenced.
R v K et al. (2021): Led by Matthew Bean prosecuting an eight-handed Class A and B drugs conspiracy, in which all bar one of the Defendants pleaded guilty.
R v S (2019): Successfully defended in a two-count possession of firearm trial.
R v M (2018): Successfully defended in two-count sexual assault matter.
R v W (2018): Defended in dwelling house burglary trial which raised issues as to civilian identifications via Facebook and the absence of PACE Code D safeguards. Defendant acquitted.
Becky’s family practice includes both public and private law proceedings. She is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents, grandparents and the Children’s Guardian in care proceedings and by parents in private children family proceedings.
Re DD  EWCA Civ 36: Acted for the mother in the Court of Appeal in which the first instance judge’s decision to sanction interim removal had been appealed.
Re L (2020): Acted for a Hungarian-Roma mother in a lengthy contested interim removal hearing in which the importance of cultural differences was acknowledged and in which removal was successfully resisted.
Re B (2020): Represented the mother acting by her Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor at final hearing. Identified significant deficiencies in the local authority’ assessment process and the support which had been offered which resulted in the court adjourning proceedings for the instruction of an ISW.
Re Y (2019): Represented the local authority in protracted public law proceedings involving allegations of domestic and honour-based violence, in which section 91(14) and section 34(4) orders were successfully made.
Re S (2019): Represented the local authority in a case involving parental selective mutism.
Re H (2018): Represented the local authority in a composite hearing concerning non-accidental injury and failure to supervise.
Re A (2017): Represented the mother in a contested non-molestation order hearing in which mother’s allegations of rape and sexual assault as against the respondent father were all found proven.
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