Details of practice

Rebecca has a broad practice across the main areas of Chambers’ work with a particular focus on crime, extradition and public law.

Crime

Rebecca is regularly instructed for both the prosecution and defence in the Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. She represents defendants in relation to a wide range of offences, including those involving violence, sexual offences, fraud, money laundering, public disorder and drugs. She has experience representing young defendants and dealing with young and vulnerable witnesses.

In addition to prosecuting on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, Rebecca also appears for the National Probation Service and Transport for London.

Extradition

Rebecca appears on behalf of requested persons in extradition cases in the Magistrates’ Court and in the Administrative Court on appeal.

Public Law

Rebecca is currently instructed as junior counsel for the Metropolitan Police Service on the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing and has been instructed on an ad-hoc basis by the Archdiocese of Birmingham in connection with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Rebecca has also assisted in a number of judicial review proceedings, with a focus on matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases. She accepts instructions in such matters on behalf of both public bodies and individuals.

Rebecca is security cleared to SC level.

Civil Law 

Rebecca is currently instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service as a junior, led by Jason Beer QC and Sarah Le Fevre, in a civil claim arising out of the death of Mark Duggan.

Rebecca also appears in applications for civil preventative orders, including Closure Orders, Sexual Risk Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, both in the Magistrates’ Court and on appeal to the Crown Court.

Advisory and Other Work

Rebecca regularly conducts disclosure and legal professional privilege reviews. She has been instructed to act as independent counsel by bodies including the NCA, FCA and the Metropolitan Police Service. Rebecca also accepts instructions from individuals to advise on matters of legal professional privilege.

Rebecca has experience advising on applications to withhold disclosure of material on the basis of public interest immunity.

Rebecca also provides written advice on other matters within her areas of practice.

Education / professional qualifications

Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)
LLM (Harvard)
MA (Hons) (Cantab)

Shelford Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
British Academic of Forensic Sciences Prize (City Law School, 2015)
Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
Whittaker Scholarship (Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2014)
Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2013)
Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn, 2013)
Hollond Fund Travelling Studentship (Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2013)
Lizette Bentwich Prize for Law (Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2012)
Senior Scholarship (Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2012)

Other information

While undertaking her LLM, Rebecca worked as a Clinical Student Attorney for the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic, where she contributed to projects on international criminal law, transitional justice and military reform in Myanmar. Rebecca also volunteered as a Student Attorney for Harvard Defenders, where she represented low-income defendants at the earliest stages of the criminal proceedings against them, and for the Prison Legal Assistance Project, where she provided assistance to inmates with a variety of legal matters. In one case, Rebecca represented an inmate in his disciplinary hearing for attempting to smuggle drugs into prison.

In 2012, Rebecca worked as an intern at the Texas Defender Service in Austin, providing assistance to capital defence attorneys.

Rebecca continues to undertake pro bono work and accepts instructions from the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Extradition Lawyers Association
Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum

Direct access

Rebecca Hadgett is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to her. In addition, she welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.