Professor Rebecca Jane Probert is a British legal historian. Born in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1973, she lives in Kenilworth with her husband, the travel writer Liam D'Arcy-Brown. She studied for an undergraduate degree in Jurisprudence at Oxford University and for an LLM at University College, London. She currently holds a chair in Law at Warwick University. Specialising as she does in the history of marriage in England and Wales, her monograph Marriage Law & Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment is widely accepted among legal historians as having overturned previous understandings of the history of common law marriage. She is also the author of a number of leading text books such as Cretney & Probert's Family Law and Principles of Family Law.
Professor Probert has appeared widely on television and radio, notably including interviews for Channel 4 news during the controversy surrounding the marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles and on BBC1's Who Do You Think You Are?, in which she threw light on the bigamous marriage of the actress Kim Cattrall's grandfather.
In the run-up to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, Professor Probert published The Rights & Wrongs of Royal Marriage: how the law has led to heartbreak, farce and confusion, and why it must be changed, in which she argued the case for rationalising and simplifying the laws which govern royal marriages in Great Britain.
- Probert, Rebecca, Marriage Law & Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Book reviews, Family Law, February 2010.
- Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC, 12 August 2009.
- Probert, Rebecca, The Rights & Wrongs of Royal Marriage: how the law has led to heartbreak, farce and confusion, and why it must be changed, Takeaway Press, 2011.