Reagan is chambers’ newest tenant and her practice covers all areas of family and criminal work.
LL.M Professional Legal Practice (BPP Law School) - Distinction
Bar Professional Training Course (BPP Law School) – Very Competent
LL.B Hons – Law (The London School of Economics and Political Science) – Upper Second Class Honours
Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator (2013)
Reagan has a special interest in Family Law. Her experience has covered many areas of family practice including:
- Public Children Law:
- Advising Local Authorities on whether threshold has been crossed and proceedings should be issued;
- Drafting and preparing cases for issue;
- The issuing of Emergency Protection Orders;
- The making of Care and Supervision Orders, Special Guardianship Orders, Placement Orders and Adoption Orders;
- Applications for leave to join proceedings as a party;
- Fact-finding disputes hearings (split and composite); and
- Appeals from fact-finding hearings and CMH decisions.
- Private Children Law issues:
- Contact disputes;
- Relocation disputes (internally and overseas); and
- Representing both the children (through their Guardian) and the Local Authority in these proceedings.
- Financial Remedies Proceedings:
- First Appointment hearings - Identifying the issues and timetabling the case accordingly;
- Preliminary hearings to deal with issues such as intervenor’s rights over ‘matrimonial property’;
- FDR hearings covering settlement discussions and negotiations;
- Contested Final Hearings; and
- Proceedings involving the Queen’s Proctor.
Reagan has vast experience of prosecuting and defending in the Magistrates’ Court. Her practice covers:
- Road Traffic offences (S172, speeding, careless driving, driving without a valid licence, driving without insurance, driving without MOT, exceptional hardship applications, special reasons applications);
- Sexual offences (involving both adults and minors);
- Drug offences (simple possession, possession with intent to supply);
- Theft and burglary (dwelling and non-dwelling burglary, small-scale theft (from a shop or pedal cycle theft) and larger theft including thefts of motor vehicles and taking without consent);
- Offences against the person (common assault (S39), ABH (S47), GBH (S20)), and offences against minors);
- Firearms offences and possession of offensive weapons; and
- Criminal damage offences (under and over 5k).
She is also adept at dealing with issues such as late service of evidence, S78/S76 exclusion of evidence applications, special measures applications, bad character applications, wasted costs applications, and restraining order and criminal behavior order applications.
Many of Reagan’s cases have involved complex forensic evidence, evidence from MI5 relating to data from phones and similar devices, and vulnerable witnesses due to their age or particular condition(s).
Reagan also appears in the Crown Court to deal with sentences, short trials and mentions/interim applications.
Additional Legal Experience
Reagan moved to Leeds in 2015 from London where she had extensive paralegal experience at highly-ranked solicitors’ firms such as Mishcon de Reya, Harcus Sinclair and in-house at the Bank of New York Mellon.
Within these organisations, she had assisted and, at times, led aspects of cases involving issues of complex fraud, group litigation claims, small debt claims, bankruptcy applications, sale of property and land registration, fast-track contract claims, and discrimination claims brought by employees. Within these roles, she also had the opportunity to work with professionals from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, senior private investigators, bridge-funders, accountants, land surveyors and other experts.
Reagan was also a volunteer for the Free Representation Unit (FRU) where she represented appellants in Employment and Support Allowance appeals in the First Tier Tribunals in London. In a similar vein, Reagan volunteered and, at one point, was the Director of the Street Law Prisons pro bono project at BPP Law School. She would regularly go into the London prisons and teach prisoners about their rights and responsibilities in society as part of an overall rehabilitation plan for the prisoners.
In addition to Reagan’s legal experience, she maintains a healthy lifestyle through part-time work as a fitness instructor teaching Les Mills certified programmes.