Where/when you studied:
University of Nottingham (2000 – 2004) including one year studying at Justus-Liebig Universitaet, Giessen, Germany
Manchester Metropolitan University (2004-2005)
Professional expertise before joining the firm: Criminal defence
When you joined the firm: January 2011
Department responsibilities (within the firm): Representing clients at police stations and magistrates’ courts
Areas of special legal expertise: Duty solicitor, Higher Courts Advocate (Criminal).
R v M - July 2016 – represented client of good character charged with possession of indecent images. Client had been suspended from work pending outcome of criminal case. I instructed an independent expert to comment on the client’s assertion that the images were inadvertently downloaded. Crown offered no evidence prior to the trial starting following receipt of expert report and representations from the defence team.
R v H - August 2016 – instructing solicitor in a Crown Court case where client was accused of sexual assault on a 13 year old girl. Case preparation required speaking to various defence witnesses in advance of the trial. After a three day trial, the client was found not guilty.
R v W - October 2016 – mitigation presented by me in the magistrates court assisted in securing a suspended sentence for a client who had pleaded guilty to fraudulent evasion of income tax.
October 2012 – instructing solicitor in a rape case which proceeded to trial. Pressing the Crown for disclosure resulted in the obtaining of documents which assisted defence counsel in discrediting prosecution witnesses. Ultimately a not guilty verdict was directed by the Judge.
August 2012 – Conducted a trial at the Magistrates Court in relation to a client accused of using a phone whilst driving. Obtained phone records for incoming and outgoing calls to establish the phone was not being used at the time alleged by the prosecution. Following the production of phone records and the cross examination of the police officers, the court returned a not guilty verdict.
July 2012 – instructing solicitor for a defendant accused of grievous bodily harm with intent. The defendant said he was acting in self-defence. After a four day trial at the Crown Court the defendant was acquitted of the assault matter.
January 2012 – instructing solicitor in a grooming case under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The defendant pleaded guilty and received a community order.
January 2012 – conducted a two day sexual assault trial at the Magistrates Court. Cross-examined a youth complainant via video-link.
Name: Rebecca Sharp
Position: Assistant solicitor in the criminal department
Where educated: University of Nottingham, Manchester Metropolitan University
First job: Working in a children’s play centre
Hobbies: Books, theatre and baking
Favourite food: Pasta
Favourite film: Dirty Dancing
Favourite group/artist: I can’t decide on a favourite
Ultimate holiday destination: Australia
Favourite sport/team: I don’t do sport!
Favourite book: My current favourites are books by Peter James and Linwood Barclay
Likes: Chocolate and musicals