Rebecca Trowler > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Rebecca is Joint Head of the Criminal Team at Doughty Street Chambers.


Cases of note in the first half of 2019 include R v Timothy Eastgate and R v Lewis Ludlow. In Eastgate she successfully represented the first of four defendants charged with domestic and international cocaine trafficking. Mr Eastgate was alleged to sit at the top of an organised crime group with a geographical reach within the UK from the South West of England, to London and the South East, and to Liverpool in the north, and beyond the shores of the UK into Spain, Holland, Switzerland and Ireland. Following submissions on behalf of Mr Eastgate in relation to inadequacy of disclosure, concerns in relation to the legality of investigatory techniques and the appointment of special counsel, the prosecution offered no evidence. Not guilty verdicts were entered on all counts. In Ludlow she appeared for a young British man with autism recruited by IS and charged with preparing acts of terrorism, namely an attack on members of the public by driving a vehicle along the pavement in Oxford Street, central London.

Rebecca’s ‘career cases’ include Anxiang Du, murder of 4 members of the same family following an acrimonious business dispute; Al-Khawaja and Tahery v UK, European Court of Human Rights, admissibility of hearsay evidence; Jim Devine MP, charged with false claims in relation to parliamentary expenses; Mamdouh Hamza, soliciting the murder of four members of the Egyptian Government, undercover police officers posing as former SAS contract killers; Naseer v USA, extradition sought by the USA in relation to an alleged Al Qaeda plot to cause explosions in central Manchester, appeal concerned with the prohibition against inhuman and degrading treatment and the conditions of detention in US ‘Supermax’ prisons to which terrorist  suspects are subjected; Bruce Childs, appeal against convictions for 6 murders in the 1970s, described by the Crown in open court as “one of the gravest cases in British forensic history”, false confession and alleged police malpractice; Grant, appeal against conviction for murder; abuse of process, police using covert listening devices to record solicitor/client conversations in breach of legal professional privilege; Farnell v CCRC, the first ever successful judicial review of a decision of the CCRC not to refer a case back to the Court of Appeal; R v Lambert, House of Lords, compatibility of s.28 Misuse of Drugs Act with Article 6 (2) ECHR, retrospective effect of Human Rights Act in criminal proceedings.

She is the co-author Criminal Appeals Handbook, 2nd Ed, Sept 2019, Bloomsbury and a contributing author to the 2nd Edition of ‘Taylor on Criminal Appeals’ OUP.

Rebecca also regularly provides advice on criminal related matters and is instructed in criminal related civil cases and inquiries, including The Home Office Independent Review of the forensic investigation into the killing of Damilola Taylor (representing the Forensic Science Service) and Nicklinson and L v Ministry of Justice in the Court of Appeal Civil Division, a judicial review concerned with the rights of autonomy and dignity and the law of murder and assisted suicide (representing the British Humanist Association).


Called 1995
Queen’s Counsel 2012

Master of the Bench, Gray’s Inn 2017
Recorder of the Crown Court 2018


Criminal Bar Association and Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association.


BSc Psychology 1st class.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

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Rebecca Trowler QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Very bright and leaves no stone unturned.

One of the go-to sets for fighting cases against the state‘, Doughty Street Chambers has particular strengths in terrorism cases, criminal appeals, and cases where mental health issues are involved. Tim Moloney QC represented the first successful joint enterprise appellant after the Jogee Supreme Court case in 2016, and also represented the parents of Jack Letts (dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the media), who received suspended sentences for sending money to their son; Letts had travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, which he subsequently left. Before trial, the matter went before the Supreme Court to consider if the test for mens rea in terrorism finance offences is objective or subjective. Rebecca Trowler QC represented autistic Islamist convert Lewis Ludlow, who was convicted of plotting a truck attack on Oxford Street. A number of the set’s juniors handle terrorism work, unled, too: Liam Walker represented the reported leader of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action, who was convicted of a plot to behead a Labour MP; in an entirely separate trial involving the same group, Piers Marquis represented the first of six defendants convicted of membership of the organisation. Walker also represented television personality Ant McPartlin in a drink-driving case. Paul Taylor QC represented one of two anonymised appellants in the R v AS Court of Appeal case concerning the sentencing of severely ill convicts.