Rebecca Hadgett

Call: 2015

Instructing Rebecca

To instruct Rebecca please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

Rebecca Hadgett has a broad practice across the main areas of Chambers’ areas of expertise with a focus on crime, extradition, professional discipline and public law.

Legal Expertise

Crime overview

Rebecca appears regularly in the criminal courts for both defence and prosecution.

She represents individuals in relation to a wide range of serious offences, including those involving violence, firearms, sexual offences, fraud, money laundering, public disorder and drugs. She represents clients in a range of related matters, including advice for victims of crime, pre-charge advice for suspects and ancillary orders post-conviction.

As well as appearing regularly for the Crown Prosecution Service, Rebecca acts for other prosecution authorities and public bodies, such as Transport for London and the Information Commissioner’s Office. Rebecca has recently gained additional experience acting and advising in relation to private prosecutions.

Rebecca has represented a number of vulnerable clients with learning difficulties and mental health conditions. As a result, she has gained significant experience of instructing and examining experts on these issues and dealing with matters of fitness to plead. She has completed specialist training on dealing with vulnerable witnesses.

Rebecca also advises on appeals against sentence and conviction.

Notable Crime cases

R v S (2021, ongoing)

Led junior counsel for an individual facing allegations of high-level drugs and firearms offences. The case involves the consideration of Encrochat material.

R v U (2021)

Acted on behalf of an individual who pleaded guilty to a very serious assault in relation to his partner. The Defendant was sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment.

R v M (2021)

Represented a police officer accused of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and common assault against an individual he met on a train whilst travelling home. The defendant was acquitted of all charges.

R v H (2021)

Secured a suspended sentence for a defendant who pleaded guilty to committing ABH to his young daughter.

R v A (2020)

Represented an individual hospitalised with paranoid schizophrenia, who faced fitness proceedings and a trial of the issue in relation to allegations of a racially aggravated public order offence and having a knife in a public place.

R v J (2020)

Successfully raised the defence of insanity on behalf of an individual who, whilst fit to stand trial, had been suffering from a psychotic episode at the time of the alleged offences, namely having a knife in a public place, making threats to kill and criminal damage.

R v H (2019)

Represented a young defendant with learning difficulties in a multi-handed matter concerned with the supply of Class A drugs.

R v W (2019)

Successfully defended an individual charged with possessing excess ammunition contrary to section 1 Firearms Act 1968.

R v R (2018)

Represented a defendant acquitted of a sustained sexual assault on a stranger at his workplace.

R v M (2018)

Represented a defendant in a cut-throat defence relating to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and associated criminal property. Rebecca successfully sought to exclude confession evidence under s.76A PACE 1984.

Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime overview

Rebecca appears in and advises on matters across the spectrum of financial crime and POCA, for both the defence and prosecution, including in complex frauds, confiscation, forfeiture, restraint, and civil recovery proceedings.

Rebecca assisted the legal team acting on behalf of Mrs Hajiyeva in relation to the first ‘Unexplained Wealth Order’ for the wife of the former Chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan.

Notable Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime cases

R v Y&N (2021, ongoing)

Led junior counsel instructed on behalf of a private prosecutor in relation to a high-value fraud and associated money laundering offences.

R v T (2021, ongoing)

Led junior counsel acting on behalf of an individual facing 14 separate counts of fraud by false representation.

NCA v Mrs Hajiyeva (2018-2020)

The first ‘Unexplained Wealth Order’ made against the wife of the former Chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan.

Professional Discipline and Regulatory overview

Rebecca is developing an extensive practice in professional discipline and regulatory proceedings. To date, Rebecca has gained significant experience representing police officers facing gross misconduct proceedings. More generally, Rebecca is able to provide advice, drafting and advocacy services for individuals facing professional misconduct hearings and to individuals and companies seeking assistance with regard to their obligations under a range of regulatory regimes.

Notable Professional Discipline and Regulatory cases

S (2021)

Advised a company following service of a Seizure Notice under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013.

PC R (2021)

Successfully represented a police officer in a gross misconduct hearing accused of lying in an account given by him concerning an incident at a public house. All allegations were dismissed.

PC S (2021)

Successfully represented a police officer in a gross misconduct hearing accused of failing to challenge improper conduct by another officer, damaging property belonging to a detainee and subjecting a detainee to degrading and inappropriate treatment. All allegations were dismissed.

PC X (2020)

Represented a police officer facing numerous counts of acting without honesty and integrity. During proceedings, the Officer claimed whistleblower status, having previously made an allegation against a superior officer.

Public Law

Public Law overview

Rebecca is developing an extensive practice in public and administrative law.

She has had significant involvement in a number of public inquiries, having been instructed as junior counsel for the Metropolitan Police Service on the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing and 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 has an interest in matters dealing with the scope of police or other investigatory body powers, particularly those concerning search and seizure. She accepts instructions in such matters on behalf of both public bodies and individuals.

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

 

Notable Public Law cases

X (2021)

Recently advised on the merits of a challenge, by way of judicial review, to a search warrant issued in relation to an investigation into money laundering by a large-scale OCN and their use of cryptocurrency.

Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing (2017-2019)

Instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service.

Inquests overview

Rebecca acts for interested persons in inquests and is experienced in inquests which engage the state’s Article 2 obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights. She advises on potential liability arising from coronial proceedings, and on both public and civil law remedies available following inquests.

Notable Inquests cases

Inquest into the Death of SC (2021)

Acted on behalf of the Family of the bereaved. SC died from a fatal head injury he incurred during an alteration outside of a public house in Huddersfield. Another individual involved in the incident had been acquitted in related criminal proceedings. The Senior Coroner of West Yorkshire concluded that SC had been unlawfully killed.

Inquest into the Deaths of C & A (2021)

Acted on behalf of the Metropolitan Police in an Article 2 inquest into the tragic deaths of two individuals involved in a head-on collision on the A13.

Inquest into the Deaths of R & M (2019)

Acted on behalf of a police officer in an Article 2 inquest into the tragic deaths of a young boy and his aunt.

Civil Law overview

Rebecca acts and advises in civil matters arising from or associated with criminal or coronial proceedings.

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.

Notable Civil Law cases

Duggan et al v Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis (2019)

Acted as junior counsel for the Metropolitan Police Service in a civil claim for damages arising out of the death of Mark Duggan in August 2011.

Crime

R v S (2021, ongoing)
Led junior counsel for an individual facing allegations of high-level drugs and firearms offences. The case involves the consideration of Encrochat material.

R v U (2021)
Acted on behalf of an individual who pleaded guilty to a very serious assault in relation to his partner. The Defendant was sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment

R v M (2021)
Represented a police officer accused of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and common assault against an individual he met on a train whilst travelling home. The defendant was acquitted of all charges.

R v H (2021)
Secured a suspended sentence for a defendant who pleaded guilty to committing ABH to his young daughter.

R v A (2020)
Represented an individual hospitalised with paranoid schizophrenia, who faced fitness proceedings and a trial of the issue in relation to allegations of a racially aggravated public order offence and having a knife in a public place.

R v J (2020)
Successfully raised the defence of insanity on behalf of an individual who, whilst fit to stand trial, had been suffering from a psychotic episode at the time of the alleged offences, namely having a knife in a public place, making threats to kill and criminal damage.

R v H (2019)
Represented a young defendant with learning difficulties in a multi-handed matter concerned with the supply of Class A drugs.

R v W (2019)
Successfully defended an individual charged with possessing excess ammunition contrary to section 1 Firearms Act 1968.

R v R (2018)
Represented a defendant acquitted of a sustained sexual assault on a stranger at his workplace.

R v M (2018)
Represented a defendant in a cut-throat defence relating to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and associated criminal property. Rebecca successfully sought to exclude confession evidence under s.76A PACE 1984.

Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime

R v Y&N (2021, ongoing)
Led junior counsel instructed on behalf of a private prosecutor in relation to a high-value fraud and associated money laundering offences.

R v T (2021, ongoing)
Led junior counsel acting on behalf of an individual facing 14 separate counts of fraud by false representation.

NCA v Mrs Hajiyeva (2018-2020)
The first ‘Unexplained Wealth Order’ made against the wife of the former Chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan.

Extradition

B v Poland (2021, ongoing)
Currently acting on behalf of the Respondent IJA in the Requested Person’s appeal to the High Court. Whilst some grounds of appeal remain outstanding, the Appellant’s arguments in relation to Article 8 were recently dismissed, see [2021] EWHC 2037 (Admin)

N v Latvia (2021, ongoing)
Currently acting on behalf of the Respondent IJA in the Requested Person’s appeal to the High Court surrounding the alleged breach of her Article 8 rights, in particular with regard to the impact of extradition on her young child.

R v Poland (2021, ongoing)
Currently acting on behalf of the Respondent IJA in the Requested Person’s appeal to the High Court. The case raises a number of issues arising from the Requested Person’s status as a victim of human trafficking.

Belgium v H, G et al (2019)
Successfully represented two individuals sought, alongside others, by Belgium for alleged human trafficking offences. The case largely concerned whether the prison conditions in Belgium were Article 3 compliant and whether a decision had been made to charge/try the RPs.

Pillar-Neumann v Austria (2017)
[2017] EWHC 3371 (Admin)
Junior counsel led by Abbas Lakha QC for the Requested Person, in a successful appeal to the Divisional Court.  The RP was wanted in Austria in relation to alleged fraud and embezzlement dating back two decades. The case concerned the application of the term ‘fugitive’ and whether extradition would be oppressive under s.14 of the Extradition Act 2003.

Professional Discipline and Regulatory

S (2021)
Advised a company following service of a Seizure Notice under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013.

PC R (2021)
Successfully represented a police officer in a gross misconduct hearing accused of lying in an account given by him concerning an incident at a public house. All allegations were dismissed.

PC S (2021)
Successfully represented a police officer in a gross misconduct hearing accused of failing to challenge improper conduct by another officer, damaging property belonging to a detainee and subjecting a detainee to degrading and inappropriate treatment. All allegations were dismissed.

PC X (2020)
Represented a police officer facing numerous counts of acting without honesty and integrity. During proceedings, the Officer claimed whistleblower status, having previously made an allegation against a superior officer.

Public Law

X (2021)
Recently advised on the merits of a challenge, by way of judicial review, to a search warrant issued in relation to an investigation into money laundering by a large-scale OCN and their use of cryptocurrency.

Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing (2017-2019)
Instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service.

Inquests

Inquest into the Death of SC (2021)
Acted on behalf of the Family of the bereaved. SC died from a fatal head injury he incurred during an alteration outside of a public house in Huddersfield. Another individual involved in the incident had been acquitted in related criminal proceedings. The Senior Coroner of West Yorkshire concluded that SC had been unlawfully killed.

Inquest into the Deaths of C & A (2021)
Acted on behalf of the Metropolitan Police in an Article 2 inquest into the tragic deaths of two individuals involved in a head-on collision on the A13.

Inquest into the Deaths of R and M (2019)
Acted on behalf of a police officer in an Article 2 inquest into the tragic deaths of a young boy and his aunt.

Civil

Duggan et al v Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis (2019)
Acted as junior counsel for the Metropolitan Police Service in a civil claim for damages arising out of the death of Mark Duggan in August 2011.

 

Instructing Rebecca

To instruct Rebecca please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (Committee Member)
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (Committee Member)
  • Private Prosecutors’ Association
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • 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)
  • CPS Panel (General Crime) Level 2
  • CPS Panel (Extradition) Level 2
  • Security cleared to SC level

In the 2021-2022 academic year, Rebecca will be supervising undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge in criminal law.

Prior to joining Chambers, while undertaking her LL.M., 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 2012, Rebecca also worked as an intern at the Texas Defender Service in Austin, providing assistance to capital defence attorneys.

I, Rebecca Hadgett, am a data controller and can be contacted at 3 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London WC1R 5BH or by telephone on 020 7400 6400 or by email at rebecca.hadgett@3rblaw.com. My Data Protection Policy can be found below.

All personal data that I process is for the purposes of providing legal services, conducting conflict-checks, marketing, defending potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes, keeping anti-money laundering records, training other barristers and pupils and when providing work-shadowing opportunities, and/or exercising a right to a lien. The types of data I process vary upon the nature of the legal matter in relation to which I am engaged to advise, but can include names, contact details, biographic details and ‘special category personal data’ (such as details of racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, sex life and criminal convictions and proceedings).

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the legal bases upon which I process personal data are (i) the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract, (ii) the processing is necessary to comply with legal obligations to which I am subject, or (iii) the processing is necessary for the legitimate interests set out above, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subjects which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child. When I rely on (iii) legitimate interests, my ‘Legitimate Interests Assessment’ can be found here. When I process data which has not be obtained directly from the data subject (e.g. personal data contained in evidential materials), it will have been supplied to me as part of my instructions in circumstances covered by legal professional privilege.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, I may share the personal data with:

  1. my Chambers, which supplies professional and administrative support to my practice;
  2. Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;
  3. my lay and professional clients;
  4. potential witnesses, in particular experts, and friends or family of the data subject;
  5. solicitors, barristers, pupils, mini pupils and other legal representatives;
  6. ombudsmen and regulatory authorities;
  7. current, past or prospective employers;
  8. education and examining bodies;
  9. business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies.

I normally retain personal data for no longer than 7 years after the case has come to an end or as otherwise required by law.

I do not intend to transfer data to any country which is not either within the European Union, ‘white listed’ by the EU or otherwise permitted by EU law (e.g. to the USA under the provisions of the ‘Privacy Shield’).

Under the GDPR, data subjects whose personal data I process have the right to request from me access to, and rectification or erasure of, their personal data, the right to the restriction of processing concerning them, the right to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Data subjects also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.uk).

In cases where there is a contract between me and the data subject, the provision of personal data is a contractual requirement and the data subject is obliged to provide the personal data in order that I can supply legal services. A failure to provide such data may mean that I will not be able to provide the legal services.

Rev 1.1 – 07.06.2018

Data Protection Policy

Legitimate Interests Assessment

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 him. In addition, he 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.

For further information please contact our Clerks.

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