Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach

Rebecca Cockcroft Rebecca Cockcroft

Rebecca Cockcroft

Co-Head of Family

"One of the technically most knowledgeable and skilled family lawyers in London, with a very good brain for case strategy..extremely hard working, thoroughly decent, well versed in the law and able to relate to people"

Chambers UK 2020

Rebecca is Co-Head of the PHB Family department, with a practice covering all aspects of private family law. She has over 20 years of experience as a family lawyer, specialising in financial remedy proceedings, arrangements for children, (including international relocation) and financial provision for unmarried parents and cohabitees. Rebecca leads a strong team, renowned for delivering the highest level of service, with astute financial acumen and exceptional levels of support.

Recognised by the UK legal directories as a leading family lawyer and described as, "one of the technically most knowledgeable and skilled family lawyers in London with a very good brain for case strategy." Rebecca is known to be "extremely hard working, thoroughly decent, well versed in the law and able to relate to people." Sources label her “diligent, measured and constructive.”  “What is great about Rebecca is she is really on top of the details," says an interviewee, adding: "She has great legal acumen but is also a really compassionate person and very warm with her clients." Another source says she is "very emotionally intelligent with a really good insight into what the problems are."  Sources say: "She prepares cases thoroughly and thinks about the case from all angles" and is “incredibly bright, knowledgeable and quick witted, with good client interpersonal skills.” 

The variety in Rebecca’s practice reflects the breadth of her appeal.  This ‘razor-sharp star performer’ enjoys representing homemakers, entrepreneurs and professionals alike.   She is regularly instructed in City-based divorces (receiving referrals from magic circle law firms, hedge funds and leading investment banks), whilst also skilled in the fight for wives left at the raw end of decisions taken during the marriage. She never fails to keep sight of her clients' needs and is readily available whenever they need support to help them through the difficult process of divorce or separation. Her no nonsense approach, dedication and kindness keeps clients' focussed and ensures an outcome which they thought unattainable at the commencement of proceedings, on both an emotional and financial level.  

Rebecca is collaborative in her approach, but a skilful litigator when necessary. She tends to settle most cases outside of court to protect client privacy and confidentiality, increasingly using the forums of private FDRs and Arbitration to achieve this. 

Amongst many endorsements, Rebecca has been recognised in the prestigious Hot 100 Lawyers List and has built a stellar reputation based on impeccable judgment and attention to detail. Rebecca is listed in the Spear’s Family Index 2020 and Spear’s 500 2020 as a “Top Recommended Family Lawyer” and ranked “outstanding in field” with a focus on high-value remedies. She is noted as being a “first rate lawyer with brilliant people skills.”

Rebecca is a founding partner of Tatler HNW Address Book and is listed as one of the UK’s top divorce and family lawyers. To view her Tatler HNW profile click here. Tatler HNW is a bespoke hub and trusted network of influential A-List private client advisers, all at the pinnacle of their profession.

Qualified 2000, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2014, consultant 2014.

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