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 has a multi-disciplinary practice across a number of Chambers’ areas of expertise including personal injury and clinical negligence, inquests, public/administrative law and Court of Protection.

She has a specific interest and experience in civil liberties work, abuse claims and proceedings involving the police and other public authorities.

Rebecca’s police law practice builds up her experience gained prior to the bar working for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (now the IOPC). She also worked as a Parliamentary Caseworker for an MP and volunteered at the human rights organisation, Liberty.

MEMBERSHIPS AND APPOINTMENTS

  • PIBA
  • ARDL
  • Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme.

EDUCATION AND AWARDS

  • BA, History (First Class honours), Kings College London
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), BPP University
  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University
  • Sir Robert Micklethwait Memorial Scholarship, Middle Temple

Expertise

  • Personal Injury

    Rebecca accepts instructions in all areas of personal injury work and has particular expertise in actions against public authorities including civil actions against the police, prison and abuse claims.

    She undertakes work for Claimants and Defendants at all levels of value and complexity. She regularly advises on liability and quantum and drafts pleadings in employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic claims.

    She also has experience of appearing before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals panel.

    Recent cases include: 

    • W v Ministry of Justice Acted for the Claimant in a claim against the Ministry of Justice following a serious assault by a fellow prisoner with an improvised weapon. The claim was successfully settled though liability was not formally admitted.
    • EA v L City Council Acted for the Claimant in a claim against the Defendant local authority arising from historic allegations of abuse and neglect.
    • Re GB Acted for the Claimant, a protected party, in a claim against a local authority following a sexual assault which occurred in a care setting.
    • 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.
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  • Clinical Negligence

    Rebecca has a busy clinical negligence practice and acts increasingly for both Claimants and Defendants in equal measure. She has been instructed in cases involving delays in diagnosis and treatment, emergency care, birth injury and stillbirth, and surgical treatment.

    For Defendants, she has been instructed by NHS Resolution for NHS Trusts, care homes and private medical practitioners.

    She drafts pleadings and regularly advises in writing and in conference with experts where there are complex issues of breach of duty and causation. She has appeared in the County Court in a variety of interlocutory hearings and has experience at mediation for both Claimants and Defendants.

    Rebecca has also acted for families at inquests which have thereafter resulted in clinical negligence claims.

    Notable cases include:

    • P v SH NHS FT Acted for the Defendant NHS Trust in a claim for psychiatric injury and associated losses following the stillbirth of the Claimant’s child. The claim was settled at mediation in excess of £100,000, significantly below the pleaded value of the claim.
    • CH v SHK NHT FT Acted for the Defendant NHS Trust in a claim arising from allegations of delay in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer for which the Claimant underwent mastectomy, chemotherapy and elective oophorectomy. Causation was denied on the basis that mastectomy and chemotherapy would have been required in any event.
    • W v SH and others Acted for a Defendant nurse practitioner in a claim arising from a delay in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Issues of indemnity and vicarious liability arose between the various Defendants and their respective medical defence organisations. The claim was discontinued against the nurse practitioner following service of the Defence drafted by Rebecca.
    • D v COC NHS FT Acted for the Defendant NHS Trust in a claim involving allegations of failure to diagnose arterial thrombosis in the Emergency Department. Breach of duty was denied on the basis that the Claimant’s presentation was not indicative of an acute embolic event.
    • H v E Acted for the Claimant in a claim involving negligent pharmaceutical dispensing which resulted in the Claimant infant suffering an overdose of thyroid medication.
    • MN v Derbyshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Acted for the Claimant child in a claim arising from a delay in diagnosis and treatment of appendicitis which resulted in him suffering a perforated appendix and post-operative peritonitis.
    • AA v MY NHS TRUST Acted for the Claimant, including at mediation, in a claim arising from allegations of negligent rehabilitative treatment following surgery which resulted in the Claimant suffering a patella fracture.
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  • Public / Administrative

    Building on her experience of police law prior to coming to the bar, Rebecca undertakes civil liberties work including actions against the police and public authorities. She has acted in civil actions against the police involving allegations of assault, discrimination and false imprisonment. She has acted for Claimants and public bodies in claims brought pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1997. She acts for both Claimants and Defendants.

    Recent cases include:

    • L v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Acted for the Claimant in an application for permission to bring a claim following an alleged assault by police officers during his arrest.
    • MR v Chief Constable Port of Dover Police Acted for the Defendant Chief Constable in a claim for false imprisonment.
    • MJ v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Acted for the Claimant in a claim under the Equality Act 2010.
    • LW v Chief Constable of Lancashire Police Acted for the Claimant in a claim for false imprisonment on the basis of an unlawful arrest.
    • AK v L Acted for the Claimant (a protected party) in a claim for false imprisonment and breaches of her Article 5 rights arising from unlawful deprivation of liberty in a care home.
    • AC v B Acted for the Defendant Local Authority in a case involving potential breaches of the child Claimant’s Article 8 rights in related care proceedings.
    • MC v W County Council Acted for the Claimants in a case involving alleged failures by the Defendant local authority for failing to safeguard them from overmedication in a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which it was said amounted to breach of the Claimant’s Article 3 rights.

    She also has experience of immigration law. Recent cases include:

    • Re M Advised the Respondent local authority in respect a prospective judicial review challenge to an age assessment of an unaccompanied asylum seeking child (UASC).
    • SCC v SH and NM Advised the Applicant local authority in respect of immigration matters relevant to related family proceedings.
    • Re R Advised on disclosure issues in immigration proceedings.
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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 following deaths in police custody or after police contact.

    She has acted in PIR hearings and final inquest hearings.

    Recent cases include:

    • Re EW Acted for the family of a deceased woman who died in suspicious circumstances. A conclusion of natural causes was avoided.
    • Re CS Acted for the family of the deceased who died after suffering 3 hospital falls which resulted in fractures to her left and right hips. A narrative conclusion with findings as to neglect was reached and a Regulation 28 report issued against the NHS Trust involved in the deceased’s care.
    • Re CK Acted for the family of the deceased at an inquest following potentially negligent emergency care. Also acted in the PIR.
    • Re EB Acted for the family of the deceased at an inquest arising from the death of an 18 year old young woman following potentially negligent urological surgery.
    • Re AR Acted for the interested party bus company at inquest following a road traffic collision which resulted in the death of a young woman.
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  • Court of Protection

    Rebecca has an interest and experience in Court of Protection health and welfare matters and is keen to further develop her practice in this area.

    She has recently acted on behalf of Local Authorities in proceedings under sections 15, 16 and 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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