Rebecca is a trainee solicitor and Justice First Fellow, currently working in our Police Law and Immigration Detention teams.
Before joining Bhatt Murphy, Rebecca worked as a legal assistant/paralegal in the Actions Against the Police team at Deighton Pierce Glynn. Prior to this, she spent six years working in higher education. During this time, she became active in her trade union and was elected to the position of Assistant Branch Secretary. She represented members in grievances and campaigned to end outsourcing in higher education.
Rebecca graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a degree in History in 2013. She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. During her undergraduate studies she volunteered at the Prisoners’ Advice Service, where she produced information sheets to be distributed to prisons. The information sheets explained prisoners’ rights under the Prison Rules in various areas including work and education and the provision of care for mothers and babies in prison.
As part of the Justice First Fellowship, Rebecca is working on a project which aims to empower young people across London to be aware of their rights when they come into contact with the police, and to give them the tools to complain when interactions with the police do not meet the appropriate standards. This will be achieved through the provision of information resources and training to relevant frontline workers including Appropriate Adults, Youth Offending Teams and social workers to enable them to advise and support young people in making police complaints where necessary. The project will also aim to directly reach young people through drop-in advice clinics and talks in schools and youth centres.