Rebecca joined Chambers as a tenant in April 2021, following successful completion of her pupillage.
During second six, Rebecca appeared regularly in the Magistrates’, Crown and Youth Courts. She is happy to be building a busy practice of both prosecution and defence work across a wide breadth of hearings and offences. She has appeared in trials including domestic ABH, assaults against emergency workers and public order offences. She also has experience in opposing criminal behaviour order applications and has appeared opposing an interim sexual risk order application. Rebecca has effectively mitigated in sentencing hearings and has appeared in road traffic cases, including to argue exceptional hardship.
In the Youth Court, Rebecca has conducted hearings in which modern slavery concerns have been raised; appeared in trials, including for serious offences such as robbery, where both the Defendant and Complainant were youths; and has appeared in youth court sentences. She has liaised with Prosecutors to persuade them to adjourn a matter to allow a youth caution to be administered rather than a conviction.
Rebecca has acted in a number of Crown Court hearings, including mentions and committals for sentence.
Recently, Rebecca has broadened her practice and has been undertaking regulatory investigative work whilst seconded part time to Capsticks Solicitors LLP. This has involved analysis of evidence to determine whether a case meets the Threshold test to be passed to the panel who decides if there is a case to answer.
Prior to pupillage, Rebecca worked in a London chambers operating in the UK and internationally where she provided legal research and support for case preparation. She had previously been employed at Citizens Advice Camden and an intern at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
Rebecca studied the BPTC part-time at the University of Law whilst working full-time. She was awarded the Blackstone Scholarship from Middle Temple as well as the Provost's Award for Excellence from the University of Law.
PROFILE: Rebecca Steels
0207 489 2727
2016 London School of Economics, LLB (2:1)
2018 University of Law, London, BPTC: Very Competent
Criminal Bar Association
Young Legal Aid Lawyers Association
CPS Panel (grade 1)