Brea commenced her career at Stephensons in September 2015, shortly after graduating from the University of Leeds with an upper second class honours law degree in July 2015. Brea undertook two weeks of work experience in the housing department before securing a role as a graduate paralegal in the same team. Brea then transferred to the regulatory department in October 2016, commencing her training contract in 2018.
Whilst in this role, Brea studied her legal practice course part-time at the University of Central Lancashire which she completed in May 2018, achieving a distinction and a masters in law. Brea was subsequently offered a training contract at Stephensons which is due to commence in September 2018.
Brea assists the partners and solicitors within the regulatory department specialising in numerous areas including: road transport regulation and operator licensing; road traffic offences; customs and excise; firearms licensing; health and safety investigations; trading standards investigations and prosecutions; and data protection and litigation.
In addition, Brea assists with providing advice and representation to providers in cases before the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), particularly in relation to enforcement action and appeals to the first-tier tribunal (Care Standards Chamber).
Brea also assists professionals at various stages of disciplinary proceedings before their regulatory bodies, including: General Medical Council (GMC); Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL); Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).