Court of Protection
Rebecca appears almost exclusively in the Court of Protection in relation to welfare and property and financial affairs. She has great experience of deprivation of liberty cases, disputed capacity cases and best interests decisions involving both elderly adults and younger adults who lack capacity. In addition to representing local authorities across the North West, and the Public Guardian, she regularly represents family members, parents and individuals who lack capacity, by their litigation friends including the Official Solicitor. Rebecca is experienced in Forced Marriage Protection Orders, where capacity is often in issue, and the inherent jurisdiction involving issues surrounding the deprivation of liberty of younger people.
Rebecca is recognised for her thorough preparation, attention to detail, effective advocacy and cross examination and her excellent working relationships with lay clients and experts. She is both pragmatic and empathetic.
In 2016 Rebecca obtained a distinction in her LLM in Law, Medicine and Health Care from the University of Liverpool. Her modules included end of life, healthcare decision making, mental health law and trust and power in medicine which all complement her Court of Protection practice.
Rebecca welcomes being able to provide informal advice on potential cases at an early stage, and frequently provides advice as to on-going case management from the earliest intimation of litigation, whether that is advising on letters in response and disclosure or advice as to the future conduct of litigation.
She places particular emphasis on an efficient and effective ‘team approach’. Reflecting her training and experience as a volunteer for the National Autistic Society, Rebecca appears in the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for local authorities and parents. Rebecca is a reviewer on the Bar Pro Bono panel and has acted pro bono in the Court of Protection.
She regularly presents seminars covering all welfare aspects of the Court of Protection.