Rebecca Nieto

Introduction

With more than 13 years of experience as a criminal defence barrister, Rebecca is a brilliant trial tactician with a tenacious style – who routinely represents people charged with the most serious and complex criminal offences.

She both prosecutes and defends cases of a serious and grave nature. As she routinely sees the case from both sides it makes her a more efficient and effective barrister.

Her case preparation and client care have led to a loyal following among solicitors – and a very busy practice.

Rebecca has a reputation amongst those that instruct her for her ability to process large amounts of evidence which is often served at the very last minute. She does this efficiently and deploys a defence effectively

Having headed a pro-bono law clinic for a number of years, Rebecca prides herself on her ability to communicate effectively with any lay client from every walk of life, especially those who suffer from mental health issues.

Background and Expertise

Rebecca has a particular expertise in sex cases, and is often sought after as defence counsel in cases involving children and sensitive issues.

Solicitors commend her ability to build excellent working relationships with clients and deal with challenging situations. Clients say they can talk to her easily - and respect her no-nonsense approach.

A very persuasive courtroom advocate, Rebecca believes that success in the courtroom is built on meticulous preparation. Clients can expect her to explore every possible avenue and to represent them fearlessly and skilfully before the jury.

Notable cases

R v B, 2019

Single defendant charged with carrying out a campaign of terror against his former partner. Multiple cases against him including revenge porn allegations.

R v B, 2019

Historic sex allegations which were over 40 years old and involved two brothers.

R v M, 2019

Indecent images case. Former highly decorated soldier and former royal bodyguard, found with indecent images on his computer. Mental health issues explored as well as PTSD.

R v C and others, 2019

Multi-handed kidnap and extortion case involving serious violence. Phone and cell site evidence featured heavily. Cut-throat defence deployed.

R v S, 2017

Led junior in allegation of terrorism. First Neo-Nazi style attack to be prosecuted under section 5 of the Terrorism Act. Defence persuaded the court to impose a 4 year sentence due to defendant’s mental health condition despite the Crown putting forward that this was a very serious attack and should attract a higher sentence.

Read more Notable cases

R v P

Large scale multi-handed fraud case involving malware and banking fraud

R v B

Modern slavery case where a Romanian family were said to be keeping Polish people as slaves

R v S

Central Criminal Court Largest cannabis operation ever in the UK - £60 million worth of cannabis produced

R v H

Trial for serious violence, assault and firearms charges, at Maidstone Crown Court. First on the indictment.

R v L

Murder. Defendant said to have kicked a man to death. Forensics all important in this case and blood splatter marks.

R v P

Historic sex case at Snaresbrook Crown Court, involving child abuse of stepchildren, over two decades and three different households.

R v H

Trial of a father alleged to have raped his daughter and sexually assaulted seven of her friends. Heard at Southampton Crown Court.

Other Activities and Interests

  • Rebecca is an avid fan of animals. She enjoys walking her dog, a Weimaraner, and attending to every need of her cat, Coco
  • She is a keen cook and loves going out to eat unusual cuisines
  • She is also interested in languages and is fluent in Spanish
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PROFILE: Rebecca Nieto

"A very persuasive court room advocate. She believes that success in the court room is built on meticulous preparation beforehand. Clients can expect her to explore every possible avenue and to represent them fearlessly and skilfully before the jury."

Year called

2006

Specialisms

Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Cybercrime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Prison Law

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

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Terrorism

Disciplinary

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Inquests / public inquiries

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

International

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Immigration

Financial and Corporate law

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Civil Fraud

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Corporate Offences

Road Traffic

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Road traffic

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

2:1 Modern European Studies, University of Durham

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association, Lincoln’s Inn

Appointments

CPS Panel (Grade 3)

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