Rebecca Weale
  • Location: Camberwell Green
  • Role: Assistant Solicitor
  • Practice Area: Housing Law

Rebecca studied English Literature at Durham University before going on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. She was a criminal paralegal for several years and completed her training contract at GT Stewart Solicitors, undertaking seats in prison law, housing, public law and crime.

Rebecca qualified as a solicitor in May 2014 and has been a fully accredited police station representative since 2011. She conducts advocacy at County Court and Magistrates’ Court levels, and has represented clients before the Parole Board and at housing panel reviews.

Following qualification Rebecca spent 6 months as a criminal advocate, regularly appearing in magistrates’ courts across London. She then moved into civil litigation and is currently a member of the housing and public law teams. Her knowledge of criminal law has lead to a particular expertise in antisocial behaviour possession cases.

In addition to this Rebecca is one of two specialist extradition solicitors within the firm. She has a caseload of extradition matters and appears at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on a regular basis, advising and representing clients who are sought for extradition by judicial authorities in other jurisdictions.

Rebecca has a specific interest in public law and human rights issues, including Article 3 challenges regarding prison conditions abroad. She is currently instructed in two challenges to extradition on the basis that the prison conditions in Hungary and Bulgaria amount to breaches of Article 3 ECHR.

Having gained experience in prison law during her training contract, Rebecca is also well placed to bring challenges in relation to prisoners’ rights in this country. She recently succeeded in a claim for judicial review on behalf of an IPP prisoner, challenging a decision by the Parole Board on grounds of both irrationality and unlawfulness.

Notable cases:

  • R (on the application of Charles) v Central Criminal Court [2012] EWHC 2581 (Admin); [2013] Crim. L.R. 229
  • R (on the application of Khan) v Parole Board [2015] EWHC 2528 (Admin)
  • Szegfu v Court of Pecs, Hungary [2015] EWHC 1764 (Admin)
  • [2016] 1 W.L.R. 322

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