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Rebekah Wilson

Year of Call: 1998

"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 Wilson has demonstrated consistently that she will grapple effectively with a complex case and get impressive results. She commands the confidence of her clients whilst always remaining approachable.”

Adam Smith, Blaser Mills Law

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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 presented with rigour regardless of factual or legal complexities.

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.

Rebekah has appeared in many significant complex cases, including a recent Court of Appeal case, in which she successfully represented the appellant.

FAMILY LAW: CHILDREN'S LAW

Overview

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.

Notable Cases

X, T, A, E and S (Children), Re [2020] EWCA Civ 1680 (11 December 2020)
Rebekah Wilson appeared for the appellant in this complex case which has now been before the Court of Appeal for the second time in the course of fact finding proceedings. Rebekah appealed a number of the Judges findings in a case concerning non accidental injury. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal in full and set aside those findings. 

H-B-S (Children: Discharge of Interim Care Order) [2020] EWCA Civ 1027 (03 August 2020)
Rebekah Wilson represented the respondent mother in this appeal. The decision under appeal was the discharge of interim care orders during a part-heard fact-finding hearing. Injuries were caused to a child T, who was not a child of the Mother’s, but the Mother was in the pool of perpetrators for causing the injury. The Court was of the view that in the instant case, the Judge was not in a position to assess the risk of returning the children home and did not attempt to do so in the short ex-tempore judgement. While the Judge carefully considered the detailed arguments put by the Mother, the Court of Appeal found that the Judge could not properly carry out a balancing exercise without a court determination on the cause of T’s injuries.

London Borough of Southwark v A Family [2020] EWHC 3117 (Fam) (18 May 2020)
Rebekah acted for the father in an unprecedented 3rd fact finding hearing.

A Local Authority v R & Ors (Rev 1) [2020] EWFC B56 (13 May 2020)
Rebekah acted for a mother in care proceedings where the LA had failed to sufficiently consider the impact of Covid-19 on parents of a severely disabled child who had also contracted Covid.

The Local Authority v Mother and others [2020] EWHC 1216 (Fam)
Rebekah acted as a junior  for a young intervener involving the death of a 13 year old in a complex fact finding before Mrs Justice Lieven. 

A (No. 2) (Children: Findings Of Fact) [2019] EWCA Civ 1947
Rebekah was lead by Andrew Bagchi QC acting for the father in a successful appeal  in the case which led to the unprecedented third fact finding in the family division. 

LB Barking & Dagenham v A (Therapeutic Residential Placement) [2019] EWHC 2017 (Fam) (25 July 2019)
Rebekah acted for the child’s guardian in this troubling case involving the deprivation of liberty of a child. 

A (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2240 (16 October 2018)
Rebekah was led by Mark Twomey QC in this groundbreaking and successful appeal from HHJ Karp involving the natural family and identity rights of a young child ultimately placed with family in Ghana.

A, Re [2018] EWHC 3625 (Fam) (10 December 2018)
Rebekah was led by Mark Twomey QC in this groundbreaking case involving the Article 8, family and identity rights of a child, who was placed with natural family in Ghana as opposed to his foster carer in London.

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FAMILY LAW: FINANCIAL DISPUTES AND SOLUTIONS

Rebekah acts and advises in all cases resulting from relationship breakdowns, including ancillary relief.

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CROSS-BORDER FAMILY CASES

Overview

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.

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Pro Bono Work

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.

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Notable Cases & News

Local Authority failed to sufficiently consider the impact of Covid-19 on parents of a severely disabled child

Our Rebekah Wilson, of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team, acted for a mother in care proceedings

4 January 2021

Local Authority failed to sufficiently consider the impact of Covid-19 on parents of a severely disabled child

Our Rebekah Wilson, of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team, acted for a mother in care proceedings

4 January 2021

Court of Appeal set aside findings in a complex case of non accidental injury

Mai-Ling Savage and Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Family Team appear for the respondent and appellant respectively. X, T, A, E and S (Children), Re [2020] EWCA Civ 1680 (11 December 2020)

16 December 2020

Equal family justice – its pursuit in a pandemic

31 August 2020

Equal family justice – its pursuit in a pandemic

Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team and Nkumbe Ekaney QC of 1GC Family Law for the Family Law Journal.

31 August 2020

Approved Judgment: H-B-S (Children)

Mai-Ling Savage and Monifa Walters-Thompson of the Garden Court Family Team represented the appellant, Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Family Team represented the respondent mother, and Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright of the Garden Court Family Team represen

29 July 2020

The Local Authority v Mothers and Others 2020 EWHC 1216

Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Family Team appeared in the case of The Local Authority v Mother & Ors, led by Andrew Bagchi QC, acting for an intervener whose younger brother had been strangled at the age of 13.

27 May 2020

Ms Justice Russell and some Feng Shui: the case of JH v MF [2020] EWHC 86 (Fam)

Author: Rebekah Wilson - Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

16 March 2020

A (No. 2) (Children: Findings of Fact) [2019] EWCA Civ 1947 (14 November 2019)

Rebekah Wilson of Garden Court represented the appellant father, led by Andrew Bagchi QC of 1 Garden Court, instructed by Shanthi Balakrishnan of Imran Khan and Co Solicitors in the Court of Appeal case. The judgement was handed down on 14 November 2019

25 November 2019

The restraint of children and the importance of the continuity of professionals for children placed in care

Allison Munroe (for the applicant) and Rebekah Wilson (for the second respondent child through his guardian) of the Garden Court Family Law Team appeared in an important reported case before Mr Justice MacDonald in the High Court.

27 September 2019

Natural family in Ghana, securing Article 8 rights

Rebekah Wilson acted for the Appellant, Monifa Walters-Thompson acted pro bono for the fourth respondents and Maggie Jones acted for the Respondent Children’s Guardian.

10 January 2019

Appeal in care proceedings involving rival Special Guardianship Order contenders: a foster carer and extended family members in Ghana. Appeal allowed.

Rebekah Wilson instructed for the Appellant. Maggie Jones instructed for the Respondent Children's Guardian. 

30 October 2018

Equality law update: Re M

Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team has published the below article for Jordans Family Law.

11 April 2018

Garden Court Family Law Team and Mai-Ling Savage nominated for Bar Pro Bono Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Family Team and Mai-Ling Savage, as an individual, have been nominated for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2017.

13 October 2017

"It's 2017 - the courts and practitioners need to work hard to ensure that women don't feel as though they’re left behind"

Family barrister Rebekah Wilson is our Women's Rights Trailblazer of the day.

7 March 2017

Rebekah Wilson and Amina Ahmed of Garden Court to speak on need for diversity in the family justice system - ALC Conference, 17-19 November 2016

Find out more about the conference and book your place.

30 September 2016

The Archers’ domestic violence plot reveals real harm of LASPO cuts

Garden Court's Rebekah Wilson and Lottie Mayers of Miles & Partners explain more in this article via Legal Voice.

29 September 2016

Rebekah Wilson Elected to the Association of Lawyers for Children Executive Committee

Rebekah Wilson has been elected to the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) Executive Committee.

22 February 2016

Garden Court supports Rights of Women's legal challenge

Members of Garden Court Chambers joined the demonstration on Friday against government's changes to legal aid which are preventing victims of domestic abuse from getting legal aid in family law cases.

22 September 2014

Rebekah Wilson shortlisted as Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year

We are pleased to learn that Rebekah Wilson has been shortlisted for Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year

24 July 2014

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women meets with Garden Court practitioners

Garden Court welcomes Rashida Manjoo to discuss practitioners’ experiences of dealing with victims of violence against women.

2 April 2014

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Background

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.

Publications

Equal family justice – its pursuit in a pandemic Family Law (August 2020)

Protecting Article 8 rights in the family courts: Re A (A Child) Family Law (April 2019)

Placement of a baby with natural family or not: Re A (A Child) Family Law

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

Domestic Violence and Care Proceedings: Re-victimising the Victim? 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

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.

Recently, Rebekah has contributed to the Garden Court Family Team's 2020 webinar series.
Recordings can be accessed by clicking on the links to the event pages below:
'Covid-19, remote working and protecting the rights of parents and children'  (held on 8 April 2020).
Family justice in challenging times'  (held on 6 May 2020).

Awards

Rebekah was shortlisted for the Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year award 2014.

Education

  • SOAS: Masters in Law - Human Rights
  • Kingston University: LLB Hons

Professional Membership

  • Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC)
  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
  • Discrimination Law Association (DLA)
  • Association for Lawyers for Children (ALC)
  • Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Languages

  • Some basic Mende and basic Nepali

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