Rebecca Titus-Cobb

Rebecca Titus-Cobb - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2017

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Rebecca is a junior barrister with a developing practice across a broad range of civil areas. She has experience across Chambers’ areas of expertise including in personal injury and clinical negligence, inquests, regulatory and public/administrative work.

Prior to the bar, Rebecca worked as an Assistant to the Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and as a Parliamentary Caseworker for an MP. While at the IPCC, Rebecca assisted with cases subject to misconduct proceedings, judicial review and inquests following deaths in police custody. She also volunteered at the human rights organisation, Liberty.

Rebecca graduated from Kings College London with a First Class degree in History and obtained a Distinction on the Graduate Diploma in Law. Called to the bar in 2017, Rebecca was awarded the Sir Robert Micklethwait Memorial Scholarship 2016 from Middle Temple.

She joins Chambers having successfully completed pupillage under the supervision of Fayaz Hammond and Alastair Wright.

Expertise

  • Personal Injury

    Rebecca accepts instructions in all areas of personal injury work, including on the small claims and fast track, criminal injuries compensation appeals, child settlement hearings and Stage 3 hearings.

    She has a busy paper practice and regularly advises on liability and quantum and drafts pleadings in employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic matters.

    Recent cases include: 

    • W v H Appeared for the successful Claimant in a Fast Track trial where the Claimant had suffered an amputated finger. Damages were awarded in excess of the Claimant’s previous Part 36 offer.
    • A v B Appeared for the successful Claimant in a Fast Track trial against his former employer. The Claimant had sustained a fractured elbow following a fall at work.
    • Re S Appeared for the Appellant victim of a serious sexual assault before the First-Tier (Criminal Injuries Compensation) Tribunal. The tribunal significantly increased the Appellant’s award for compensation under the CICA scheme.
    • G v N Successfully resisted the Claimant’s claim for damages following a road traffic accident on the basis of an abuse of process/estoppel argument.
    • G v B Advised on liability in an occupational stress claim where the Claimant had suffered both physical and psychological injuries.
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  • Clinical Negligence

    Rebecca is keen to develop her clinical negligence practice and was under the supervision of Alastair Wright during pupillage in this respect.

    Recent cases include:

    • W v A Advised on liability and drafted letter of response on behalf of a Defendant care home following an allegation that negligent care and treatment had resulted in the Claimant developing pressure sores.

    Rebecca has an interest in disease and delay in diagnosis cases and to this end assisted in a presentation on issues of causation in cancer claims.

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  • Public / Administrative

    During pupillage, Rebecca gained experience of immigration and public law under the supervision of Fayaz Hammond and is keen to expand her practice in this area.

    She attended judicial review proceedings in the High Court and Upper Tier Tribunal. In terms of paperwork, during pupillage she assisted with:

    • Drafting detailed grounds of defence for judicial review, related to an application to vary leave to remain;
    • A skeleton argument for a judicial review permission hearing regarding an application for indefinite leave to remain;
    • Drafting skeleton arguments in appeals against civil penalties for illegal working.

    Recent cases include: 

    • Re M Advised the respondent local authority on a prospective judicial review challenge to an age assessment of an unaccompanied asylum seeking child (UASC).
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  • Regulatory

    During pupillage, Rebecca attended the medical practitioners’ tribunal for GMC fitness to practice hearings and observed cases at fact finding, impairment and sanction stage.

    Rebecca has experience of police law and misconduct proceedings from her time working for the IPCC. She is keen to expand her practice in this area and into civil actions against the police and public authorities, an area which she has experience of from her work prior to pupillage.

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  • Inquests

    Rebecca has a keen interest in coronial law, developed during her time working for the IPCC where she assisted with cases subject to Article 2 inquests and pre-inquest reviews following deaths in police custody.

    During pupillage, she attended inquests including an Article 2 inquest following a suicide in prison. She has also been instructed to attend inquests for noting briefs.

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