Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright

Year of Call 2013

Introduction:

Rebecca has been practising as a lawyer since 2007. She currently practises in all areas of family law and appears in the criminal courts for both defence and prosecution. She previously practised as an international human rights lawyer based in the Middle East for 6 years.

Crime

Rebecca represents individuals in respect of a wide range of offences, including violence, dishonesty, firearms and offensive weapons, public disorder, drugs, sex offences and financial crimes including confiscation. She has experience dealing with vulnerable defendants, victims and witnesses.

Rebecca worked as a criminal barrister in London where she had a busy practice, including as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. She was seconded to Peters & Peters for 6 months, a leading white-collar crime firm. She completed pupillage and was a tenant at the 3 Raymond Buildings, a leading criminal law set.

Family

Rebecca practises in all areas of family law, including care cases, private children matters and matrimonial finance. She acts for the Local Authority, parents and children. In December 2020 she successfully appealed a decision made in a care case, where her client (mother) was placed in the “pool of perpetrators” following an unexplained, Non-Accidental Injury to the child.

Rebecca is popular with her finance clients due to her strong and supportive persona. She has amassed a wide variety of experience in financial matters including cases involving; cultural issues/honour-based violence, dissipation of assets and both psychological and physical abuse.

Other

Rebecca completed a three-year law degree at Berkeley and Harvard Law Schools, is a member of the New York Bar and practised as a corporate lawyer (for clients including Microsoft, Barclays Bank and the State of Qatar) at leading US firms in New York, London and Doha.

Rebecca also worked for a number of years as an international human rights lawyer. In 2010, whilst living in Cairo, she established a strategic litigation initiative spanning North Africa. As part of this initiative, she brought successful human rights cases against countries including Egypt, Sudan and Libya. Many of these cases involved the right to privacy and family life. Other projects she has undertaken include gathering evidence in Afghanistan on the impact of the conflict on civilians (with a report she co-authored presented to the US Senate) and a review of orphanages and the treatment of children in custody in Syria and Egypt. She has recently undertaken various projects focused on promoting rule of law in Libya and was involved with cases before the International Criminal Court.

Rebecca regularly delivers legal training and seminars. She has taught at the University of Oxford, San Diego State University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Chester. She has lectured and delivered conference papers on a wide range of subjects. She mentors young people in Cheshire and North Wales and participates in Inner Temple’s social mobility initiatives (widening access to the Bar) and Oral History project.

One of Rebecca’s first jobs was as a bus driver, handling double-decker buses in the days when everything was manual. Her very first bus route was Penycae-Wrexham. This is the scariest job she has ever done.

Cases and publications:

Selected cases include:

EIPR and Interights v Egypt (2011) (commentary by LSE available here).

EIPR, Interights and HRW v Libya (2011)

Selected publications include:

“Sanctions,” co-authored with Hannah Laming, Oil and Gas Trading (2016)

“The Role of Personal Narrative in Egypt’s 2011 Spring Revolution,” Beyond the Law (2012)

“Access to Medicines in Egypt: A Human Rights Approach to IP, Trade and Health,” co-authored with Hossam Bahgat, Access to Knowledge in Egypt(2009)

Losing the People: The Costs and Consequences of Civilian Suffering in Afghanistan,” CIVIC (2009)

 Education:

DPhil, MSt and BA from the University of Oxford

JD (three-year law degree) from Berkeley/ Harvard Law School (First Class)

GDL, University of Law, Chester (Distinction)

BPTC, Nottingham Trent University (Outstanding)

Awards & Scholarships:

Inner Temple Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the BPTC

Inner Temple Scholarship

Prize from Nottingham Trent University for ranking 2nd in the year in BPTC class

Prize from the University of Law, Chester for GDL performance

Heningson Scholarship, Harvard Law School

British Academy Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Scholar, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Other Qualification and Accreditations:

Member of the New York Bar. Certificate in Islamic Finance.

Memberships and Associations:

Criminal Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association

Languages:

French (conversational), basic Arabic and Welsh.

Personal Interests:

Tramping up lesser-known peaks in Snowdonia, Rugby (watching only, and only supporting Wales), Running, International politics.

Linkedin profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-rebecca-wright-2b76693/

 

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