Year Of CallYear of call: 1999
Specialises in serious sexual and violent offences. – Legal 500 2019 (Crime)
A very dedicated barrister. – Legal 500 2018 (Crime)
Rebecca Stevens is a criminal defence specialist. She deals with cases across the spectrum of criminal offences. She is regularly instructed in cases involving serious sexual and serious violent allegations, including rape, sexual assault, child sexual exploitation, serious assaults and homicide offences as well as offences involving drugs, dishonesty and dangerous driving. Rebecca is extremely conscientious and has a down to earth, friendly approach. She is an experienced and effective advocate who enjoys a challenge. Rebecca has successfully represented medical and teaching professionals and is known for her patience and sympathetic approach to vulnerable clients. She has completed the vulnerable witness advocacy training. Rebecca has an excellent trial success rate and is fully committed to every case that she undertakes.
Examples of Work Undertaken
R v CR – Junior counsel for one of 4 men charged with murder involving difficult legal issues of joint enterprise and hearsay. There was very significant amount of material to consider including cell-site and mobile phone data, and a vast amount of CCTV evidence. D was acquitted after trial.
R v SG – Junior counsel in a multi-handed gang related shooting in broad daylight. Complex issues relating to hearsay sought to be adduced by the co-accused arose during the trial. There was also a particularly difficult cut-throat defence run by a co-accused which needed very careful handling and tactical consideration.
R v MW – Defence of a man charged with 5 others on a 42 count indictment with offences including conspiracy to cause/incite child prostitution, conspiracy to rape, and sexual activity with a child. Acquitted of all but one count after trial.
R v GR – Historical sexual allegations against a teacher; acquitted after trial.
R v JG – Man accused of sexual activity with a vulnerable young female within his care at work, careful cross examination involving an intermediary required – acquitted after trial.
R v ND – Junior counsel representing a mother accused of neglect of her son after father inflicted life-changing brain injuries to the child – acquitted after trial.
R v MB – Junior counsel for a man charged with murdering his infant son. This case involved complex issues of causation, and a vast amount of medical expert opinion.
R v RH – Defence of a man charged with 5 others with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, a case involving a wide range of circumstantial evidence and requiring careful cross examination of police officers.
R v MH – Junior counsel for a man charged with joint enterprise murder. This case involved a huge amount of circumstantial evidence and required interpreters for all defendants. At the close of the prosecution case the prosecution accepted pleas to manslaughter.
R v LB – Junior counsel for a man charged with murder. Significant issues of causation involving complicated medical considerations. The case resolved with the prosecution accepting a plea to manslaughter.
R v HA – Mother charged with assault of her 5 year old daughter, a case involving intermediaries and careful cross examination of very young witnesses.
R v HM – Junior Counsel for a young defendant in a case involving an allegation of joint enterprise murder – acquitted after trial.
R v MC – Man charged with historic rape and sexual offences of family member, acquitted after trial
R v JL – Man accused of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, using a pick axe against the complainant and raising self defence, acquitted after trial.
R v SD – Man accused of sexual abuse of family members spanning 30 years.
R v LC – Man accused of armed robbery. This case involved identification by the complainant of the accused whom he knew very well – acquitted after trial.
R v SM – Alleged rape of a young girl in care. Acquitted after trial.
R v SC – D charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count was subject to a successful application to dismiss, and the prosecution were forced to offer no evidence in relation to the second count after defence scrutiny of the forensic evidence.
- Member of the Criminal Bar Association
- North Eastern Circuit
Called to the Bar 1999/Middle Temple
- University of Leeds, LLB (Hons) 2:1
- Inns of Court School of Law Bar Vocational Course
Great Britain Women’s Rugby League International 1997 – 2002