REBEKAH WILSON

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) and ancillary relief. Rebekah has appeared in many significant reported cases in both public and private children's law, involving highly complex legal and factual issues including; deprivation of liberty, habitual residence, allegations of inflicted injuries to children, allegations of fabricated and induced illnesses, breaches of the Human Rights Act, domestic abuse and discrimination. Rebekah is a dedicated family law practitioner.

My approach

PRO BONO WORK 

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.

 

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.

My work

G v SC & FC & CL 2020 EWFC 109

Rebekah acted for a father in a complex case in the high court involving allegations of coercive and controlling behaviour.

 

K v T [2021] EWHC 1525 Fam

Rebekah acted in an important habitual residence case in the high court involving allegations of rape and domestic abuse.

 

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 Judge's 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.

About me

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.

What my clients say

"I would like to say a big thank you to CLK legal, to Mr D. Foreman who was very helpful & made me feel positive, well taken care of as a client.

Ms Rebecca Wilson who represented me in a family law matter was amazing, compassionate, and empathetic.

I could not have got the result I needed without Ms Rebekah years of knowledge & expertise.

Dave & Rebekah worked with me keeping me updated in my case, and advising me each step of the way, as going through the court process alone is a daunting experience.

I can recommend to anyone for results to use CLK legal. I would use their services again without hesitation. Really delightful law firm & persons to deal with.
Ang Glo"

Professional & academic

EDUCATION

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

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP 

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

 

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).

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