Rebecca Griffiths (née Oakley)

  email      029 2023 2032 
 

Practice Areas

General Crime and Disciplinary, Regulatory and Environmental Law.


Overview

Rebecca combines a friendly manner with a robust approach, being well-known for her strong work ethic and attention to detail.
She is passionate about ensuring access to justice for all and as such will undertake work through the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Rebecca also has a keen interest in helping the development of the next generation of lawyers and provides support to initiatives with such an aim.


Appointments

Rebecca is a First-Tier Tribunal Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber.


Advocacy Panels

List B Specialist Regulatory Advocate, Health and Safety and Environmental Law
Criminal Law Panel B, Welsh Government
Level 3 Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service
Rape Panel, Crown Prosecution Service


General Crime and Disciplinary Law

Rebecca has extensive experience defending those charged with serious sexual, violent and other criminal offences, including representing professional clients and police officers in both criminal and internal disciplinary proceedings.
She regularly prosecutes, representing many regulatory bodies and Local Authorities, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Welsh Government and the Crown Prosecution Service, including regularly appearing on behalf of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit.
Rebecca is experienced in cases involving money laundering, benefit fraud and regulatory offences.
Although her work is largely in the Crown Court, she is also experienced in Youth Court cases.
Rebecca also has experience of representing those facing other disciplinary proceedings, such as Fitness to Practice proceedings.


Regulatory and Environmental Law and Animal Welfare

Rebecca has a special interest in the field of regulatory law, providing advocacy and advice across all the major disciplines. She is experienced in representing companies and individuals facing prosecution or regulatory proceedings and in prosecuting on behalf of various Local Authorities and a number of Government Departments and statutory bodies, including:

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
The Department for Trade and Industry
The Health and Safety Executive
The Environment Agency
The Food Standards Agency

Rebecca understands the demands of prosecuting such cases and is sensitive to the importance of transparency, cost-effectiveness and public accountability, as well as ensuring that enforcement action complies with appropriate policies. Understanding that cases in this area require substantial collaboration within the prosecuting team, she ensures that clear advice and correspondence are provided promptly, carrying out regular reviews to ensure that cases progress effectively and that deadlines are met.
Rebecca is happy to assist in providing training to lawyers working in the regulatory sphere, including providing updates of recent developments in the law.
Rebecca’s experience includes the following types of regulatory law.

Health and Safety
Work-related deaths
Work-at-height
Transport and machinery
Personal liability
Small, medium and large organisations, including the self-employed, employers, directors and partnerships
Improvement, and Prohibition Notices
Memoranda of Understanding

Trading Standards
Trade descriptions
Trademarks
Unfair trading regulations
Safety regulations in sectors such as tobacco and cosmetics

Food Hygiene
Food hygiene, standards and safety
Detention Notices
Failures to comply with European Regulations

Environmental
Waste, including hazardous waste
Pollution
Statutory nuisance
Variation, Information, Suspension, Prohibition, Stop and Enforcement Notices
Environmental Permits and Waste Transfer Notices
In preparation for the inauguration of Natural Resources Wales in April 2013, Rebecca was instructed to review several hundred pieces of primary and secondary legislation encompassing the full breadth of environmental law and to advise the Environment Agency Wales on the body’s forthcoming powers.

Animal Health
Animal cruelty and unnecessary suffering
Farmed animals
Protected species

Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation
All areas, including contested hearings.

Fraud
Social Security, Council Tax and Housing Benefits
Corporate fraud
False accounting
VAT evasion
Tax fraud

Taxi and Hackney Carriage licences
All areas, including contested hearings.


Noteable Cases

HSE v Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd: Prosecuting a work-related death on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive.
HSE v Nolan Recycling Ltd: Prosecuting a work-related death on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive.
R v Davies, Davies, King and King: Prosecuting a four-handed conspiracy to employ illegal immigrants on behalf of the Complex Casework Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service.
Junior in several complex cases, including: Operation Texas (large-scale drugs conspiracy); Operation Evasive (environmental offences); Operation Rhino (police misconduct).


Memberships

Gray’s Inn
Criminal Bar Association


Interests

Outside the law, Rebecca’s interests include church, sport, travel and photography.