Rebecca Griffiths (née Oakley)

  email      029 2023 2032 

Practice Areas
General Crime, Disciplinary Law, Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Animal Welfare and Employment Law.

Overview
Rebecca combines a friendly manner with a robust approach, being well-known for her strong work ethic and attention to detail.

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 the Crown Prosecution Service, the Department for Work and Pensions, many regulatory bodies and Local Authorities, the Welsh Government and the Probation Service. Rebecca is experienced in cases involving money laundering, benefit fraud and regulatory offences.

Regulatory and Environmental Law and Animal Welfare
Rebecca has a special interest in the expanding 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’s experience includes the following types of regulatory law:
• 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.
• Health and Safety:
- Work-related deaths
- Personal liability
- Work-at-height
- Transport
- Machinery
- Small, medium and large organisations, including the self-employed, employers, directors and partnerships
- Improvement and Prohibition Notices
- Memoranda of Understanding
• Trading standards:
- Trade descriptions
- Trade marks
- Unfair trading regulations
- Safety regulations in sectors such as tobacco and cosmetics
• Animal health:
- Animal cruelty and unnecessary suffering
- Farmed animals
- Protected species
• Food hygiene:
- Food standards and safety
• Fraud:
- Social Security, Council Tax and Housing Benefits
- Corporate fraud
- False accounting
- VAT evasion
- Tax fraud
• Proceeds of crime and confiscation
• Taxi and Hackney Carriage licences

Employment Law
Rebecca advises and represents claimants and respondents in all aspects of employment law. Her experience includes:
• Employment status issues
• Contracts of employment and actions for breach of contract
• Unfair and wrongful dismissal
• Redundancy and voluntary severance schemes
• Statutory employment rights
• Transfers of undertakings
• Discrimination
• Equal pay
• Pro Bono Representation 


Noteable Cases
Rebecca’s notable cases are:
HSE v Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd (2013): Prosecuting a work-related death on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive.
HSE v Nolan Recycling Ltd (2013): Prosecuting a work-related death on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive.
R v Davies, Davies, King and King (2013): 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
Disability Qualified Member, Social Entitlement Tribunal
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
External Examiner, Bar Standards Board Bar Professional Training Course
Gray’s Inn
Criminal Bar Association