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Rebecca Ackerley

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Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit

Areas of Work

  • Chancery and Commercial
Property Litigation

Rebecca works extensively in the field of property litigation with a particular emphasis on landlord and tenant matters, both residential and commercial.

She is regularly in matters before the County Court, High Court, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber0 and Upper Tribunal and has appeared in various appeal court cases.

Rebecca has undertaken a huge amount of work relating to service charge recovery.  She has advised on matters relating to liability, construction of clauses, statutory bars, limitation and the implication of appeal court decisions.  She has acted for landlords and management companies in trials in the County Court and High Court and declaratory proceedings.  She has particular experience in relation to recovering possession of properties for landlords, in particular forfeiture of long residential leases as well as commercial tenancies.  Rebecca also accepts instructions in recovering possession in proceedings commenced under S8 and S21.

Rebecca has represented landlords, management companies and tenants before the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in cases relating to reasonableness of service charges, dispensation for consultation, appointment of a manager and breach of covenant. Additionally she has represented parties in appeals from the First Tier Tribunal to the Upper Tribunal including recent cases based ion section 20 consultation, limitation and breach of covenant.

Rebecca acts on both advisory and advocacy basis relating to issues of disrepair arising out of tenancies.  She has particular experience in advising in relation to a tenant's breach of the repairing covenant and consequent damages and forfeiture based on disrepair.

In addition to the above Rebecca accepts instructions in cases relating to right to manage proceedings, professional negligence relating to all of the above matters and property-related insolvency matters.

Personal Injury

Rebecca undertakes personal injury work including tripping claims, accidents at work and road traffic accidents.

Commercial/Construction

Rebecca has experience in technology and construction cases and represents numerous SMEs on an advisory and advocacy basis. Her commercial law experience includes regular instructions relating to breach of contract, actions for damages and insolvency.

Actions against the Police

Rebecca also accepts instructions for civil actions against the police.

Criminal Law

Rebecca has extensive knowledge in the field of Criminal Law and is an experienced jury trial advocate who has represented clients in a full range of Courts, from young offenders in the Youth Courts to Appeals in the Court of Appeal.  Rebecca regularly receives instructions in multi-handed drug and complex fraud cases and has been led by senior members of the Bar in numerous occasions in these areas including high cost cases if fraud.

Rebecca accepts instructions at all levels for both the Prosecution and Defence, having particular knowledge of Local Authority Prosecutions.  She also has experience in issues relating to 'fitness to plead' under the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964 and Hospital Orders under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Rebecca is also proficient in prosecuting and defending Road Traffic Offences and Ancillary Police Prosecutions including Sexual Prevention Orders, anti-Social Behaviour Orders, Football Banning Orders, Confiscation Orders, case detention and forfeiture applications.

Public Access

Rebecca is qualified to accept instructions from members of the public directly.  This allows members of the public a competent and cost effective access to justice without compromising on the quality of service and expertise.  You will find Rebecca approachable and friendly with an outstanding ability to guide clients simply and clearly through complex legal issues.

Notable cases
  • Acted for a landlord in a claim relating to service charges totalling £250K.
  • Acted for the landlord of a property worth £2m in forfeiting a lease based on rent arrears.
  • Acted for a landlord in recovering possession following trial, defeating a tenant's sizeable counterclaim for disrepair.
  • Acted for a landlord in a High Court action for service charge recovery and declaratory proceedings.
  • Acted for a landlord in a multi-track action for recovery of service charge including counterclaim relating to equitable set-off.
  • Represented a landlord before LVT in breach of covenant proceedings that arose out of disrepair.
  • R v W and others junior on multi million pound mortgage fraud that North Wales said was the biggest they had ever encountered.
  • R v W (a child) [Warrington Crown Court] represented a 14 year old for offences of attempted rape and sexual assault on 3 minors before Circuit Judge sitting as a District Judge in the youth Court.
  • R v H and other [Mold Crown Court] only Defendant to be acquitted in large scale production of cannabis.
  • R v P [Leeds Crown Court] led on numerous allegations of rape, kidnap, pervert the course of justice and sexual assault on 2 minors aged 4 and 5.
  • R v F [Liverpool Crown Court] successfully persuaded the CPS to discontinue proceedings against husband and wife who had been jointly charged on allegations of child abandonment contrary to section 1 (1) of the Children and Young persons Act 1933.

Year of call: 2004

Inn: Lincoln's Inn

Area: Chancery and Commercial

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