Rebecca qualified as a Solicitor in September 2020 into Hannah Leese's Litigation team as a dispute resolution solicitor, with a particular focus on the food sector.
Farmers and organisations involved in livestock breeding and food production come up against a number of challenges that are unique to their sector. As a beef and dairy farmer's daughter herself, Rebecca in particular has an in depth knowledge of those sectors.
Rebecca advises in respect of any regulatory enforcement action by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Trading Standards and local councils. She regularly assists with criminal investigations, including attending at interviews under caution and defending criminal prosecutions in both Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
In addition to her criminal work, Rebecca is also involved in challenging the decision-making of both the FSA and DEFRA in civil proceedings, such as appealing against the service of inappropriate enforcement notices, or bringing claims for judicial review where it is considered that these departments have acted unlawfully, for example, in respect of charges levied against a business for the supply of FSA staff.