Rebecca Hill is an experienced criminal advocate with specialist expertise in extradition and a strong interest in human rights and their engagement within the criminal justice system.
‘ A robust advocate who brings a high level of technical expertise to any case. ’
Legal 500 2020.
Rebecca is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a band 2 leader in the field of Extradition at the London Bar and is also ranked in the Legal 500. She has been ranked in Chambers and Partners since 2012.
"Always very impressive in terms of her advocacy and written work."
Chambers and Partners 2019.
"She is great, very dependable and is destined to go a long way in the law."
Chambers and Partners 2018
Rebecca’s strength lies in her ability to identify and efficiently convey the most complex of legal arguments whilst retaining an approachability, which puts clients at ease and enables a rapport with juries and tribunals.
"Very knowledgeable and a quality counsel."
"Her advice and advocacy are on-point and focused."
Chambers and Partners 2017.
"Instructed by both requesting states and requested persons."
Legal 500 2017.
Professional Panel Appointments
- Level 2 appointed prosecutor on Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) list of appointed advocates.
- Specialist level 2 prosecutor on the CPS Extradition list.
Direct Public Access
Rebecca accepts direct public access instructions in suitable cases.
- 2004 Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholar
- 2004 Bar Vocational Course, Nottingham Law School
- 2003 LLB (Hons) Nottingham University
- Criminal Bar Assocaition.
- Extradition Lawyers Association.
Rebecca is an experienced criminal barrister, having acted in serious and complex cases including murder, child cruelty, ‘professional’ armed robberies (cash-in-transit), extensive frauds and serious sexual assaults.
In addition, Rebecca’s experience in international law recently led to her instruction in a test case concerning Olympic ticket sales where she secured the defendant’s discharge on grounds that there was no jurisdiction to prosecute.
Rebecca has developed extensive expertise in representing activists facing criminal charges arising from their protests. Recent cases have included defending individuals engaged in UK Uncut, animal rights and environmental protests.
Rebecca is one of the most experienced extradition practitioners having specialised in the area for almost a decade and having been consistently recognised as a leader in the field by Chambers & Partners from 2012 to 2016. She is ranked in the Legal 500.
"Has the ability to present the case really well and hold the attention of the court." "She is extremely pleasant to work with and very good at explaining complex issues to clients." "Her levels of client care are second to none; she is compassionate, committed and determined to achieve the right result."
Chambers and Partners 2020.
She continues to be instructed to prosecute and defend in cases of the utmost gravity, involving both European and International jurisdictions and raising the full spectrum of issues including technical and human rights arguments. In addition, she is experienced in ancillary Judicial Reviews, habeas corpus applications and submissions to the European Court of Human Rights.
"Rebecca Hill of 5 St Andrew's Hill has a wealth of experience and particular expertise in advising individuals at risk of extradition."
Chambers and Partners 2015.
Rebecca is instructed to advise in cases of international individuals ‘at risk’ of extradition and those who have been returned to the UK by ‘import extraditions’. As such her expertise encompasses every area of work in the extradition field.
In addition to her adversarial work, Rebecca has utilised her experience of international law and mutual legal assistance to advise individuals ‘at risk’ of extradition proceedings, both in the UK and abroad.
Rebecca’s reputation as an extradition specialist had resulted in her appearance as an expert in a number of forums; including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 News.
She frequently provides training to solicitors on an ad-hoc basis on current legal issues and topics and has lectured delegates from the Commonwealth Secretariat on the merits and difficulties of the European Arrest Warrant scheme.
Rebecca advises on judicial reviews arising from the criminal justice system and has acted in a number of judicial reviews of Magistrates’ decisions in extradition proceedings, as well as in writs for habeas corpus.
Cases of Note
USA v RL
Instructed on behalf of the Requested Person, in this case concerning the complex issue of the US Civil Commitment regime which enables sexual offenders to be incarcerated indefinitely. On behalf of the Requested Person, it was argued that the regime breaches the Art 5 right to liberty. The matter presently awaits a decision by the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
France v Kayani
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/26/suspected-trafficker-sent-hundreds-migrants-britain-court-told. Instructed on behalf of the French authorities who sought the Requested Person's extradition for serious offences of human trafficking. The RP resisted extradition on grounds that the warrant was invalid, that he was not wanted for the purpose of trial and that he should be tried in the UK. Mr Kayani's extradition was ordered.
Italy v Doci  EWHC 2100 (Admin)
Represented the Appellant in this lead case on the application of a new provision in the Extradition Act 2003, s12A. The matter involved expert evidence on complex provisions of Italian law and the interrelationship between European and Domestic law. A decision is presently awaited on the Appellant's application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Zagorskij v Lithuania  EWHC 2335 (Admin)
Represented a gay Lithuanian man convicted of sexually assaulting another man and required to serve a sentence. It was argued that whilst Lithuanian prisons are generally Art 3 compliant, homophobia in the State is so rife that it rendered the RP a uniquely vulnerable prisoner who could not be protected.
Hungary v Agardi  EWHC 3433 (Admin)
Representing this Defendant in the test case on Hungarian prison conditions. The case involves the calling of a number of experts and complex legal argument. The cases of four other defendants are linked in order to comprehensively analyse the conditions and reach a conclusive determination which will be binding in all other Hungarian cases.
Albania v Voci (2014) EWHC 4030 (Admin)
Instructed to represent the Defendant in his appeal against extradition order. The Defendant’s return is sought in relation to a murder in 1997. Multiple arguments being raised, namely conviction in absence, retrial rights failing to meet Art 6 standards, prison conditions and risk from non-state actors arising from blood feuds which are well documented in Albania. The case involves no less than three separate experts as well as reliance on voluminous open-source international material.
Netecza v Holland  EWHC 1527 (Admin)
Represented the interests of the Requesting Judicial Authority in this writ for habeas corpus arising from the extension of time for an individual's removal.
R v FH (2012) (Aylesbury Crown Court)
Represented the second defendant of three charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent having (on the Crown’s case) undertaken a planned group attack on an individual with Samurai swords.
R v SS (2011) (Wood Green Crown Court)
Defended a young woman charged with causing (or allowing another to cause) serious injury to her baby daughter and then 4 year old son.
R v Khan & Khan (2011) (Central Criminal Court)
Prosecuted this two-handed indictment on which the defendants faced 14 counts including theft of cash cards at ATM’s (through a Lebanese loop system) and use of those cards through false representation at Ladbroke’s betting shops, resulting in a loss of in excess of £250,000. First defendant convicted of 10 counts.
R v Cook & Others (2010) (Snaresbrook Crown Court)
Represented defendant charged with professionally planned conspiracy to rob cash in transit. Following legal argument secured acquittal of the defendant on the count of armed robbery at the close of the Crown’s case.
R v OS & Others (2010) (Hove Crown Court)
As led junior represented one of eight activists accused of conspiracy to commit criminal damage against a factory manufacturing arms components. Following a trial in which the Defendants relied upon the justifications of prevention of war crimes and damage to property in Gaza all eight were acquitted.
R v ES (2010) (Brighton Crown Court)
Successful appeal against Magistrates’ Court conviction for aggravated trespass. The allegation arose from a ‘Carnival Against the Arms Trade’ in Brighton, 2008 when the Defendant trespassed on the premises of a factory manufacturing components for military aircraft and weapons systems. On appeal it was successfully argued that ‘blowing a whistle’ on those premises could not be deemed an act intended to disrupt.
R v Shakeen Clarke (2008) EWCA (unreported)
Instructed as lead junior in this appeal against the Defendant’s conviction for causing grievous bodily harm to his baby son. The appeal relied upon fresh evidence regarding the ‘bio-mechanics’ of injury and involved significant medico-legal evidence as well as liaison with a number of expert witnesses.
Publications and Media Appearances
Law Brief Update
Rebecca is co-author of extradition updates for Law Brief Update, an email update of key developments in case law which is circulated to over 10,000 lawyers on a monthly basis.
29th March 2012 – Interview addressing the issues arising from the Shrien Dewani extradition.
Channel 4 News
17th December 2011 – Undertook interview explaining the Extradition Act 2003 and commenting upon the Assange extradition.
Channel 5 News
9th December 2011 – Interviewed as expert on extradition to South Africa in relation to the Dewani extradition.
Commonwealth Secretariat Conference 2008
Lectured delegates on the European Arrest Warrant regime and broader principles of extradition.