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Rebecca Cresswell


Head of Litigation and Family Department


0191 568 2050

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Rebecca joined Sweeney Miller in 2016 and is Head of the Civil Litigation and Family team. Rebecca started her career as a general litigator but deals predominantly with private family law matters, including divorce, finance, separation, pre and post nuptial agreements and private law children matters and advocates in most proceedings.

Rebecca  obtained a Masters level qualification while at the same time achieving a Qualifying Law Degree and completed her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Northumbria University. She completed her training by qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Civil Litigation and Family law and has worked in the North Eastern Circuit ever since.

Rebecca can offer appointments at Sweeney Miller’s Sunderland or Newcastle offices, and having previously worked in County Durham has retained many clients from Durham, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool and Cleveland.

Family Law

Rebecca assists and guides people when their relationship comes to an end, advising on the process of divorce and separation for married or cohabiting clients, including the related consequences for their children, financial settlement and the division of marital assets including property, pensions, spousal maintenance, and clean break orders, separation and cohabitation agreements and child contact disputes. She also handles property ownership disputes arising from cohabitation and relationship breakdown such as Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 applications (TOLATA), Orders for sale and Declarations of Trust.

Rebecca is passionate about finding a resolution for family disputes outside of court but sometimes this cannot be avoided. Rebecca will work closely with you and guide you through the court process if this is necessary. She helps parents gain contact with their children after separation and she supports clients in the negotiation of an agreement or representing them in court proceedings to reach a fair resolution. 

Personal Injury

Rebecca’s experience in litigation started in road traffic accidents, public liability and occupier’s liability claims, employer’s liability cases, medical negligence and criminal injury claims. At Sweeney Miller Law, we can help people to rebuild their lives after they have suffered from an injury through no fault of their own, by arranging private rehabilitation, securing interim funding to pay for services they need or to assist them whilst absent from work, and to seek compensation.