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Rebecca Hughes

Associate

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BIOGRAPHY & EXPERTISE
Rebecca qualified as a solicitor at a leading City law firm in August 2020 and joined Corker Binning as an Associate in 2023.

Rebecca has considerable experience advising high-net worth, high-profile clients and companies in respect of both financial and general crime.

Rebecca advises clients involved in complex regulatory and white collar cases including investigations brought by HMRC, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Rebecca has a particular interest in tax matters and the challenging interplay between parallel civil and criminal investigations.

Rebecca also advises suspects and witnesses in internal investigations commissioned by corporates, charities and educational institutions.

In her general crime practice, Rebecca represents clients accused of a broad range of criminal offences with a focus on pre-charge resolution. Given her experience in civil and family litigation, Rebecca is well-placed to advise in cross-discipline cases. Rebecca also advises individuals in relation to extradition proceedings.

Rebecca’s versatile training at a leading City law firm has shaped her client-centric approach to law. She has a strong appreciation for clients’ multi-faceted concerns and the importance of discrete, robust advice to protect clients’ legal, professional and personal interests.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

Business Crime and Regulation

  • Part of a wider team assisting a high-profile international client in preparing for their multi-million-pound corporate litigation, which included allegations of false accounting and breaches of directors’ duties.
  • Advised C-suite clients under investigation by HMRC for suspected fraud and associated money laundering offences; contributed to the drafting of prepared statements and representations to HMRC.
  • Advised a company director invited to attend an interview with the FCA as part of a wider investigation into breaches of the Market Abuse Regulations.
  • Advised an individual facing an internal investigation and disciplinary action led by their employer following allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Serious and General Crime

  • Advised a high-net worth professional client accused of coercive and controlling behaviour following the death of a family member; assisted in drafting a prepared statement and representations to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that resulted in ‘No Further Action’ and further successful representations to the Coroner to limit the scope of the Inquest.
  • Advised an individual in a position of leadership accused of historical sexual offences whilst the victim of prima facie blackmail; utilised Supreme Court of Ireland judgment in drafting representations to the CPS that a prosecution would amount to an abuse of process.
  • Advised school and university students accused of sexual offences as part of the ‘Everyone’s invited’ movement.
  • Advised a high-profile footballer on the implications of an arrest, charge and conviction for drink-driving; assisted to synthesise a strategy that would mitigate publicity concerns.
Career

Rebecca graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a first-class honours degree in Law and was awarded the Lizette Bentwich prize for academic achievement. Rebecca achieved a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course at BPP, which she completed alongside her training contract.

Prior to joining Corker Binning, Rebecca trained and qualified at a leading City law firm servicing high-net worth, high-profile clients, often with complex personal circumstances, financial portfolios and international ties. Training across multiple departments, Rebecca gained experience in criminal litigation, civil litigation and family law.

Rebecca is an active member of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Women in Criminal Law (WICL) and Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA). Rebecca also enjoys competitive sport as a triathlete.

Business Crime and Regulation

  • Part of a wider team assisting a high-profile international client in preparing for their multi-million-pound corporate litigation, which included allegations of false accounting and breaches of directors’ duties.
  • Advised C-suite clients under investigation by HMRC for suspected fraud and associated money laundering offences; contributed to the drafting of prepared statements and representations to HMRC.
  • Advised a company director invited to attend an interview with the FCA as part of a wider investigation into breaches of the Market Abuse Regulations.
  • Advised an individual facing an internal investigation and disciplinary action led by their employer following allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Serious and General Crime

  • Advised a high-net worth professional client accused of coercive and controlling behaviour following the death of a family member; assisted in drafting a prepared statement and representations to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that resulted in ‘No Further Action’ and further successful representations to the Coroner to limit the scope of the Inquest.
  • Advised an individual in a position of leadership accused of historical sexual offences whilst the victim of prima facie blackmail; utilised Supreme Court of Ireland judgment in drafting representations to the CPS that a prosecution would amount to an abuse of process.
  • Advised school and university students accused of sexual offences as part of the ‘Everyone’s invited’ movement.
  • Advised a high-profile footballer on the implications of an arrest, charge and conviction for drink-driving; assisted to synthesise a strategy that would mitigate publicity concerns.