Rebecca Henshaw-Keene

Rebecca joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage.

Rebecca is instructed in personal injury, road traffic accidents, industrial disease, credit hire, interlocutory hearings, and employment matters.

During pupillage she gained experience in industrial disease, international and military claims, high-value personal injury, fraud, costs, and employment work. Rebecca accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Prior to pupillage, Rebecca worked for eighteen months as a paralegal to a personal injury silk specialising in catastrophic injury.

Before coming to the Bar, Rebecca worked in the NHS and local authorities on service planning and management, experience she brings to her practice. She was also an Honorary Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London, where she taught contract administration and law.

Rebecca studied History at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she graduated with a first-class degree. She was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from Newnham College to undertake the MPhil in Economic and Social History. Her MPhil thesis explored women’s political participation through healthcare.

She is a recipient of the Haldane and Lord Denning Scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn and won the BPP GDL Mooting Cup in 2018.

Personal Injury

Rebecca accepts instructions in all areas of personal injury. She appears in court several times a week in hearings and applications and has a busy paperwork practice.

Rebecca’s experience has given her a comprehensive understanding of serious personal injury.

Rebecca has recently been instructed in the following cases:

  • On behalf of an NHS Trust in a claim arising from the assault of a clinician;
  • On behalf of the MOD in a claim arising out of an accident on a training exercise.
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Credit Hire

Rebecca appears regularly in credit hire hearings and is well-versed in the case law.

She has had recent success in disproving impecuniosity for self-employed Claimants, and in limiting the amount recoverable for taxi claims following Mehmood v AIG Europe Ltd & Anor [2023] EW Misc 1 (CC).

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Rebecca has experience of assisting with claims (for both claimants and defendants) which involve allegations of fundamental dishonesty.

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Rebecca is keen to build an inquest practice and has experience of preparing for prison and healthcare inquests as a paralegal in a public law firm.

She is able to work quickly and accurately with large amounts of disclosure.

She has experience of working in the health, adult social care, and prison systems.

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Rebecca has been instructed to undertake preliminary hearings on behalf of Claimants and Respondents.

This includes a preliminary hearing for a case remitted to the Tribunal from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (through Advocate).

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Qualifications & Awards

  • BPTC, City Law School (2021)
  • GDL, BPP (2019)
  • MPhil, Economic and Social History, University of Cambridge (2014)
  • BA (First-Class Honours), History, University of Cambridge (2013)
  • Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • City Law School Scholarship
  • Winner, BPP GDL Mooting Competition 2018
  • Haldane Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Career Guarantee Scholarship, BPP
  • MPhil in Economic and Social History, jointly funded by the Newnham College Graduate Support Studentship and the Ferguson Trust
  • Creighton Memorial Prize (Newnham College)
  • Dr Ethel Williams Prize (Newnham College)
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Appointments & Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel
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Jennison v Jennison & Anor [2022] EWCA Civ 1682, dealing with grants of probate and letters of administration, available here:

Discussing the appeal in R (Morahan) v HM Assistant Coroner for West London, available here:

Indirect Discrimination – Strike Out dismissed on Appeal to EAT, available here:

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