Rebecca McKnight

Rebecca McKnight

Year of Call: 2016
Email Address: rebecca.mcknight@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01962 868 884

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Overview

Rebecca McKnight is a criminal barrister and third six pupil based at 3PB’s Winchester office. She completed her pupillage at 3 Temple Gardens in London and prior to joining 3PB has built a busy criminal defence practise, appearing daily in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court, as well as conducting extradition work.

Rebecca accepts instructions in general crime, both prosecuting and defending, regulatory and court martial work. Her respectful and fair approach allows her to form strong relationships with clients and across the criminal justice system.

Rebecca enjoys working in the youth courts and has a straightforward, personable and patient manner which allows clients to be made to feel at ease and to understand the process.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Rebecca had a successful career in the Civil Service where she finished up working as Product Owner at the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC). This involved launching a new digital platform for the JAC, as well as being involved in the selection process for judicial candidates.

Recent cases include:

R v JH acquittal for theft from a vehicle.
R v MS acquittal for assault against an emergency worker.
R v SK written submissions persuaded the Crown to discontinue a case.
R v EC sentence for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, significant role and fell into category 3. Suspended sentence received by defendant.
R v PB successful submission of no case to answer in a breach of Criminal Behaviour Order.
R v LG successfully opposed a bad character application and res gestae argument and then made a successful submission of no case to answer.
R v RE representations successfully made to the Crown to accept an out of court disposal for a youth involved in a serious affray.
R v OL persuaded the Judge to impose a lower custodial sentence for client,  compared to the co-defendants, by distinguishing their circumstances and offending from the others in a very high value theft.
R v MS & NC successfully argued to the Crown, YOT and police that a caution could be given for one of my clients and a referral order for the other in a serious ABH.

Outside of life at the Criminal Bar, Rebecca enjoys singing both in the less serious setting of karaoke with friends and in a more formal environment where she occasionally sings with a choir. She loves travelling and spent some time living and working in Vietnam.

Expertise

  • Crime
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    Rebecca accepts instructions in general crime, both prosecuting and defending, regulatory and court martial work. Her respectful and fair approach allows her to form strong relationships with clients and across the criminal justice system.

    Rebecca enjoys working in the youth courts and has a straightforward, personable and patient manner which allows clients to be made to feel at ease and to understand the process.

    Recent cases include:

    • R v JH acquittal for theft from a vehicle.
    • R v MS acquittal for assault against an emergency worker.
    • R v SK written submissions persuaded the Crown to discontinue a case.
    • R v EC sentence for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, significant role and fell into category 3. Suspended sentence received by defendant.
    • R v PB successful submission of no case to answer in a breach of Criminal Behaviour Order.
    • R v LG successfully opposed a bad character application and res gestae argument and then made a successful submission of no case to answer.
    • R v RE representations successfully made to the Crown to accept an out of court disposal for a youth involved in a serious affray.
    • R v OL persuaded the Judge to impose a lower custodial sentence for client,  compared to the co-defendants, by distinguishing their circumstances and offending from the others in a very high value theft.
    • R v MS & NC successfully argued to the Crown, YOT and police that a caution could be given for one of my clients and a referral order for the other in a serious ABH.

Academic qualifications

  • BPTC, City Law School, Very Competent
  • BA (Hons) in Law, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge - 2:1

Scholarships

  • Droops Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn)
  • Hardwicke Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn)

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Level 1, CPS Advocate Panel, General Crime

Professional bodies

  • Member of Lincoln’s Inn