Details of practice

Reka is developing a broad practice across Chambers’ areas of expertise. She has a particular interest in cases with a public law element and in international crime.

Crime

Reka is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in both the Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Court. She has acted for defendants charged with a range of offences including firearms, assault, fraud, and motoring offences. She also has experience dealing with defendants with mental health difficulties including litigating fitness to plead issues.

As well as appearing on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service as a Level 1 prosecutor; Reka also prosecutes on behalf of a number of other prosecuting authorities including the National Probation Service; the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to a variety of civil applications including closure orders, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and on behalf of Transport for London in relation to offences arising out of breaches of the taxi and private hire vehicles licensing regime.

Extradition

Reka appears on behalf of requested persons in extradition proceedings.

Public Inquiries

Reka is currently instructed as a junior for the Metropolitan Police Service on the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing.

Regulatory

Reka is regularly instructed by Transport for London in taxi and private hire vehicle licensing appeals and has extensive knowledge of the applicable statutory regime.

Other work

Reka also accepts instructions to act as independent counsel for LPP reviews. She has previously acted as independent counsel instructed by the MPS and HMRC.

 

Education/professional qualifications

Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent)
LL.M. in Public International Law, Leiden University (Distinction)
LL.B in English Law and French Law, King’s College London and Université de Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne (First Class Honours)

Gray’s Inn Ann Goddard Scholarship for Pupillage (2015)
Gray’s Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship for BPTC (2013)
Gray’s Inn Internship Award for Vocalise (2013) 

Publications

The Requirement of Specific Direction in Aiding and Abetting in the Stanišić and Simatović Trial Judgement 9 Bedford Row International Blog

The International Criminal Court: Legal Maxims: Summaries And Extracts From Selected Case Law Global Community Yearbook of International Law & Jurisprudence (2012-I) (co-author)

Other information

Before coming to the Bar, Reka gained considerable experience in the field of public international law. She has worked as a research assistant advising on such matters as diplomatic immunity, law of the sea and arbitrary detention. Prior to this, she served as a law clerk to Judge van den Wyngaert at the International Criminal Court on the cases of Prosecutor v Germain Katanga and Prosecutor v Laurent Gbagbo working in both English and French.

While undertaking her legal training, Reka volunteered for the Media Legal Defence Initiative assisting in the drafting of a communication to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights concerning the arbitrary detention of journalists imprisoned under Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation.

Languages

French
Hungarian

Professional memberships

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