Rebecca joined Sweeney Miller in 2016 and is head of the Civil Litigation and Family team. Rebecca has experience of dealing with a wide range of civil litigation cases including property and contract related disputes, personal injury, and family law.
Rebecca is an experienced general litigator but specialises in the fields of family law and personal injury. She 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.
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.
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.
Rebecca is also involved in matters relating to landlords and tenants and can provide simple and cost-effective advice on a fixed fee basis for possession proceedings and rent arrears recovery against residential and commercial tenants, draft tenancy agreements and contracts, section 8 and section 21 eviction notices and provide advice on deposits and representation in litigation regarding deposits.
Rebecca advises employers and employees on issues and disputes, drafts, negotiates and advises on the terms of compromise/settlement agreements. She advises on pursuing and defending all types of employment-related claims including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and discrimination claims.
Rebecca deals with professional negligence claims, contract disputes, and debt recovery.
Rebecca has extensive experience in road traffic accidents, public liability and occupier’s liability claims, employer’s liability cases, medical negligence and criminal injury claims. She 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.