Rebekah's practice and career have been driven by her commitment to equal access to justice and her expertise in equality and human rights. She is passionate about her role for her clients and works tirelessly to ensure their case is regardless of factual or legal complexities is presented with rigour.
Rebekah has practised at the bar since 1998 with a specialised practice in Children Act cases, public and private. She has also worked overseas and in the UK for organisations that share her core values of equal access to justice and securing human rights for everyone.
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 has substantial experience as a public law practitioner acting for all parties. She has acted in factually and legally complex cases involving allegations of 'radicalisation', factitious and induced illnesses, human rights and discrimination and non accidental injuries to a child/children. Rebekah is the chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children equality and diversity committee and a passionate advocate for the rights of children.
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
LB Barking and Dagenham v X
Lead in a five-week trial involving complex allegations of FII
Kent CC v Z
Led by a leading criminal silk in a case involving a head injury and rib fractures to a four-week old baby
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. She dedicates her broad expertise and experience to ensuring excellent representation for her clients.
Rebekah retains a practice in employment law focusing on discrimination and regulatory work. She 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.
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.
Rebekah is a reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Rebekah has worked with a number of international organisations, including the Office of the High Commissioner for 'Human Rights Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice'. She was appointed to the International Criminal Court's list of approved counsel in 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).
Rebekah joined Garden Court Chambers in 2013 having previously practised at Tooks Chambers for 12 years. Prior to this, Rebekah was a legal officer for Rights of Women, a civil affairs officer for the United Nations Mission in Nepal and worked for ICC Women based in the Hague.
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, August 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.
Training and Seminars
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 was shortlisted for the Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year award 2014.