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REBECCA BAX

Call: 2012
Email: clerks@4bb.co.uk
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PRACTICE

Rebecca has a breadth of experience defending clients accused of a range of criminal offences including violent offences, sexual offences, drug offences, possession of offensive weapons, burglary, fraud, road traffic offences and dishonesty offences. Rebecca is a Level 1 Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service and also prosecutes on behalf of the National Probation Service and British Transport Police.

Rebecca appears before the Crown Court on a range of criminal matters. She regularly defends clients at trial for a variety of offences including on multi-handed conspiracy cases.

Rebecca has experience in cases involving the application, variation and breach of sexual risk orders and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders/Sexual Harm Prevention Orders as well as Criminal Behaviour Orders.

Rebecca represents clients and the Crown Prosecution Service at appeals and her practice includes drafting advices on appeals against conviction and sentence in addition to drafting complex legal arguments and raising challenging defences.

Rebecca has been instructed as Disclosure Counsel at HMRC to assist in the disclosure stage of a ten-handed, multi-million pound tax fraud, which is the largest HMRC prosecution for tax fraud to date. She has also completed a secondment as Disclosure Counsel at the Serious Fraud Office.

Rebecca regularly represents youth clients and clients with significant mental-health issues. She has defended clients in Civil Injunction Proceedings in the Youth Court and is dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for every client. She has particular experience of representing vulnerable youth clients with complex mental health issues and clients who have been deemed unfit to stand trial.

CASES OF NOTE

VIOLENT OFFENCES

  • R v A Snaresbrook Crown Court
    2018
    A faced one count of knife-point robbery. This offence allegedly took place within the complainant's flat. A agreed that he was present in the flat and that he had been consuming alcohol and drugs throughout the night. A disputed that he had ever robbed the complainant. Despite injuries to the complainant and significant signs of a disturbance inside the flat, A was unanimously acquitted of robbery after a full trial.

  • R v H Blackfriars Crown Court
    2017
    H faced one count on indictment of causing ABH within a domestic setting. The Complainant informed the CPS that he would not attend the trial to give evidence as he was in fear of H. The CPS made a hearsay application which was supported by medical evidence demonstrating the Complainant's fear. This application was successfully opposed and so the CPS immediately Offered No Evidence against H.

  • R v K Aylesbury Crown Court Community Order imposed after K pleaded guilty to s20 GBH in which K used a stair bannister as a weapon.

DRUGS

  • R v D Central Criminal Court
    2017
    D faced three counts of Conspiracy to Supply Class A (heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine) and was second on an indictment of four defendants. After successful legal arguments were made on D's behalf, D was permitted to appear by video link from HMP Lewes for the entirety of the trial. Despite D's DNA being present on the drugs D was acquitted of all three counts on the indictment after a full trial.

WEAPONS OFFENCES

  • R v Q Harrow Crown Court
    2017
    Q faced one count of Possession of an Imitation Firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Q accepted that he was in possession of the imitation firearm, but disputed that he ever had the requisite intent for the offence to be made out. A successful submission of No Case to Answer was made after the Complainant had given his evidence and the case against Q was dismissed.

  • R v L Harrow Crown Court
    2017
    L faced a charge of possession of a bladed article. Successfully ran the defence that L had no knowledge that the knife was present in his car whilst he was driving. L was acquitted after trial.

SEX OFFENCES

  • R v M Colchester Magistrates' Court M allegedly indecently exposed himself to two young women. M asserted that he had not exposed himself and that the witnesses were confused, as he had not exposed himself, but was struggling with his trousers' zip at the time. After a full trial, M was acquitted.

POCA

  • R v W Southwark Crown Court
    2018
    (POCA) D entered a guilty plea to a large-scale benefit fraud the total value of which was £446,844.85. D pleaded guilty and agreed that he was responsible for orchestrating the fraud and was at the top of the chain of command. After D had been sentenced, Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings were brought and were successfully settled at a value of £10,000.

YOUTH/ VULNERABLE CLIENTS

  • R v B Wimbledon Youth Court
    2017
    B was 13 years old at the time of the alleged offence and suffers from severe ADHD. B faced a charge of Taking a conveyance Without Consent. The front panel of a moped had been removed, the moped damaged and the wires and connecting block to the starter engine had been pulled out. B's DNA was found on the moped, including on the wires and connecting block to the starter engine. An Intermediary was used during the trial proceedings and a Ground Rules Hearing was held to ensure that the questions asked were suitable for B. B was acquitted after doubt was cast on how B's DNA could have come to be on the moped.

  • R v D Snaresbrook Crown Court
    2017
    D was deemed unfit to stand trial owing to her significant and multiple mental health issues. Following a possession of a bladed article Trial of Issue in which the act was captured on CCTV, an Absolute Discharge was secured for D.

  • R v DC Ealing Youth Court
    2017
    DC faced charges of common assault, one charge of Assault PC, one charge of obstruct PC and one s5 Public Order Offence. DC was 17 years old at the time of the alleged offences and an aspiring professional tennis player. DC had secured a place at an American Tennis Academy that he would not have been able to attend with a criminal record. DC was acquitted of all offences after a two-day trial.

  • R v A Feltham Magistrates' Court After substantial legal arguments and multiple written representations being sent to the CPS, persuaded the CPS to Offer No Evidence in four successive trials for A, who lacked requisite mens rea at the time of the offences.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • Youth Justice Advocacy Training - 2018
  • The South Eastern Circuit Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford - 2018
  • Bar Professional Training Course, College of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association