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 is a forceful advocate who is dedicated to acting for vulnerable clients and will provide them with realistic advice, but is not afraid to robustly advocate on their behalf, often against the odds."

Soulla Kokkinos, Sternberg Reed Solicitors

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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 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.

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. Rebekah is the chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children equality and diversity committee and a passionate advocate for the rights of children.

Notable Cases

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

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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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Employment and Discrimination Law

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.

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PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

Rebekah specialises in employment law (including discrimination and regulatory work), which she has practiced in for over ten years. She has significant experience of acting for claimants seeking to protect their rights against large companies and public bodies.

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Court of Protection

Called to the bar in 1998, Rebekah first acted in Court of Protection proceedings at Tooks chambers of Michael Mansfield QC.

She has experience in acting for all parties in Court of Protection proceedings. An expert and trainer in vulnerable witnesses, Rebekah is particularly able in cases involving young persons.

Rebekah is particularly expert in cases involving issues engaging the Equality Act 2010.

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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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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

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

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.

Awards

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

Latest News

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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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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