Rebecca James began her legal career as a pupil, and then a tenant, at 1KBW in London, where she practised in all areas of private and public Family law for a number of years. She acted for individuals, Guardians and Local Authorities, and was a fearless advocate, often representing the most vulnerable and disadvantaged clients.
She then moved to Sussex, and took time out in order to raise her children. More recently she has spent over a decade working in a local primary school’s Speech and Language Unit (rated Outstanding) as an Individual Needs and Special Needs Teaching Assistant. Her work there involved teaching children with developmental language disorders and assisting them to learn and communicate. She worked with educational and healthcare specialists, including teachers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists, to achieve positive outcomes for the children. She was involved in preparation for Annual Reviews of children’s Statements and EHCPs, drafting and editing of IEPs, and drafting of statements for SEN tribunals. In particular, she was recognised there for her ability to communicate sensitively and offer support to parents and other members of the team, whilst maintaining an objective approach as to what might be in the best interests of the child concerned.
Rebecca has been invited to Westgate Chambers for a Third Six, initially shadowing the Family team, before moving on to taking up her own caseload. She has throughout her time away from the Bar maintained an interest in the changes and developments in law and procedure.