Rebecca undertakes all aspects of personal injury work, including drafting pleadings, advising in conference and in writing, attending JSMs and appearing at all types of hearings, including trials, appeal hearings, application hearings and costs and case management hearings. Although she has particular interest in clinical negligence and disease work, she is also frequently instructed in relation to employers’ liability, road traffic, public liability and non-accidental injury cases.
In addition to regularly advising and representing parties in relation to substantive issues, Rebecca also has extensive experience of advising and representing parties in relation to procedural issues; she is often instructed in relation to applications for summary judgment, striking out, relief from sanctions, setting aside default judgment, re-allocation, permission to rely on medical evidence, permission to withdraw admissions and permission to amend pleadings. She also has experience of company insolvency, insofar as it relates to personal injury actions; she has advised and represented clients in relation to retrospective permission to issue against companies in administration and compulsory liquidation, deferral of dissolution, and restoration to the register.
During her time as a solicitor, Rebecca gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of costs and funding. Since transferring to the Bar, Rebecca has kept up-to-date with costs and funding issues, recognising that this is an important aspect of personal injury litigation, particularly in the post-Jackson era. She regularly appears at CCMCs and has experience of detailed assessments.
Rebecca has also appeared in the CRU Tribunal and the Primary Health Lists Tribunal.
Rebecca enjoys delivering training. She has provided training, on a wide variety of subjects, to both legal and medical professionals, in the form of talks and mock trials.
Rebecca’s recent personal injury cases include:
- Representing the Defendant NHS Trust at the trial of an alleged accident at work. The Claimant alleged that she had sustained an injury to her back as a result of moving a patient. The claim failed in relation to both breach of duty and causation.
- Representing the Claimant at a JSM in relation to a road traffic accident in which the Claimant suffered a significant back injury, but was still able to work. The case settled at £387,500.
- Representing the Defendant at a JSM in relation to a road traffic accident in which the Claimant sought total damages of £275,000. The case settled at just over £100,000.
- Representing the Claimant, including at the trial on quantum, in a child sexual abuse case where the Claimant was awarded over £374,000, including an award of aggravated damages of £35,000.