Rebecca Handcock

Call: 2013

Rebecca undertakes work in a range of chambers specialisms, with a focus on public, administrative and local government law, housing and homelessness, and Court of Protection work.

She regularly acts for local authorities, other public bodies, and social landlords, as well as for individuals, including legally aided individuals and those assessed to be lacking capacity.

Rebecca conducts a range of housing and homelessness litigation. This includes disrepair, anti-social behaviour, housing allocation and homelessness  cases. She is regularly instructed to appeal in s.204 appeals on public law grounds.

Rebecca also undertakes work on the full range of issues with which the Court of Protection is concerned, including matters pertaining to Property and Affairs, and Health and Welfare. She is regularly instructed to deal with matters related to an individual’s deprivation of liberty, including challenges under section 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She is experienced at dealing with complex and urgent matters, including in the High Court.

In addition, Rebecca has undertaken a range of instructions for central government as part of their “Junior Junior” scheme. Such instructions include disclosure work in the “Channel Tunnel” litigation (expedited judicial review on the issue of “Brexit” shipping contracts), Bank Mellat v HM Treasury (action by a state-backed Iranian bank over the impact of UK sanctions), and a variety of complex, national security sensitive cases, including that of Shamima Begum. Rebecca is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Home Office in the Brook House Inquiry (into allegations of mistreatment at an immigration removal centre).

Rebecca joined chambers in September 2018, after spending her first years of practice in the Government Legal Department as an employed barrister.

If you would like any further information regarding Rebecca’s practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.



Rebecca studied Jurisprudence at St John’s College, Oxford, and undertook the BPTC at the University of Law.

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