"Rebekah gives every case her all. She is fantastic at making anxious clients feel at ease and works incredibly hard to achieve the best result possible." "Rebekah manages something many don't, which is to combine a very keen legal brain with a very personable approach."Kate Hammond, Miles and Partners LLP
Rebekah has completed the Public Access course and the approved training on vulnerable witnesses and clients with Gray’s Inn, and is able to be instructed directly in employment and family law cases.
Rebekah’s practice and career to date have been driven by her passionate commitment to and expertise in equality and human rights both inside and outside of the court room. She practises both domestically and internationally. In her domestic work, Rebekah has developed particular expertise in Children Act cases, cases involving gender-based violence and cases impacting on the rights of the child and discrimination law. With her experience of working in other jurisdictions Rebekah is uniquely placed to advise in cases involving international family law. She has frequently advised on cases involving abduction and removal from the jurisdiction.
Rebekah advises and acts for all parties including public bodies, children and parents in Human Rights Act damages claims. Rebekah also has expertise in cases concerning deprivation of liberty of children.
Other specialisms are; employment law (including discrimination and regulatory work) which she has practiced in for over ten years, Inquests and Court of Protection cases. In employment law, Rebekah has significant experience of acting for claimants seeking to protect their rights against large companies and public bodies. Rebekah has extensive experience in discrimination law. She wrote The Gurkhas: The Forgotten Veterans (2005) on discrimination faced by the Gurkhas.
A highly experienced and dedicated child and family law practitioner, Rebekah acts in factually and legally complex cases for all parties in public law and private law proceedings (securing residence orders, contact orders and orders involving removal from the jurisdiction). Rebekah is able to act and advise in all cases resulting from relationship breakdown, including ancillary relief.
Rebekah has worked with a number of international organisations. Recently, this has involved working with the Office of the High Commissioner for ‘Human Rights Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice’. Rebekah was appointed to the International Criminal Court’s list of approved counsel in November 2008. Rebekah has worked on human rights cases in The Hague (Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice), Nepal (Gurkha rights and the United Nations) and Uganda (International Refugee Rights Initiative). She dedicates her broad expertise and experience to ensuring excellent representation for her clients.
Rebekah is the chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children equality and diversity committee. She was shortlisted for the Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year award 2014.
Rebekah and the Garden Court Chambers Family Team have established a pro bono assistance scheme providing free legal advice to Southall Black Sisters in family law.
LB Tower Hamlets v A & ors
Acted for a respondent mother in a complex case involving allegations of radicalisation of two young children
LB Hackney v O & ors
Acted for a young vulnerable respondent father in complex care proceedings
LB Hammersmith & Fulham v D & Ors
Acted for a child’s guardian in High Court care proceedings for a child without capacity
Equality and anti-discrimination: key principles for family lawyers Family Law Journal
Family Justice and Race: the need for a fundamental review? Family Law Week
LASPO Kicks In – Suffer The Children, Tooks Comment, Aug 2013
‘The Gurkhas: The Forgotten Veterans’, by Ian Macdonald QC, Hannah Rought-Brooks and Rebekah Wilson
‘Age Discrimination’, New Law Journal January 2006, Volume 156
‘Women and the Human Rights Act’, Rights of Women Bulletin, Summer 2001
‘Discrimination at the Bar’, The Times Law Section. October 2001
Rebekah is a regular contributor to the World of Family Law blog.
Seminars and Training
Rebekah is a visiting Lecturer in Law at London’s South Bank University where she lectures in international human rights.
Rebekah has provided training to Rights of Women on the Human Rights Act, employment law, domestic violence and co-habitee rights. She has also trained volunteers with Victim Support London on domestic violence remedies.
Rebekah joined Garden Court Chambers in September 2013 having previously practised at Tooks Chambers for 12 years. Prior to practising at Tooks Chambers, Rebekah was a legal officer for Rights of Women.
“Rebekah is a forceful advocate who is dedicated to acting for vulnerable clients and will provide them with realistic advise but is not afraid to robustly advocate on their behalf, often against the odds. She shows clients deep empathy and makes them feel comfortable with her warm caring manner and provides advise in plain English. She combines this with a bright keen mind and has shown herself able to stand shoulder to shoulder with QCs on complex cases. Clients just simply love her and she works long hours and will go the extra mile for you and the client. I cannot recommend Rebekah enough – she genuinely cares about helping the client and in providing the best possible service to her instructing solicitors.”
– Soulla Kokkinos, Sternberg Reed