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The Becket Chambers Civil Team regularly undertakes cases in all aspects of Civil Law, including fast track and multi-track cases from pre-issue, throughout proceedings to judgment and subsequent enforcement.

Becket Chambers’ broad civil law practice includes injunctions, claims for damages, contractual disputes and costs law.

We have expertise in:

  • Commercial
  • Employment Law – including cases involving dismissal and/or involving discrimination on any grounds
  • Local Government
  • Personal Injury
  • Planning and Rating
  • Probate and Inheritance (Wills)
  • Property – Landlord and Tenant – for all types of commercial property, and residential
  • Property and Land Law (including Trusts, boundary disputes and rights of way)

Civil Mediation

The mediation process can be utilised to reach a swift, cost-effective resolution to a dispute without having to go to court. A skilled mediator can assist in reaching an amicable, confidential resolution far quicker than other means. The use of a barrister as an independent third party to assist the parties in negotiating a settlement Continue reading


Becket Chambers offers expert advice and representation in all areas of Contract Law. Our Barristers have particular experience of resolving disputes through litigation, arbitration or alternative dispute solving procedures. Equally important is the role we play in advising our clients so that they avoid disputes in the first place. If you are concerned about a Continue reading

Condemnation & Cash Forfeiture

Becket Chambers’ Criminal Team has considerable experience in representing businesses or private individuals as well as acting for the Home Office (National Crime Agency, Customs, etc.). Our Expertise covers cash seizure and forfeiture proceedings and/or condemnation cases involving excise goods (tobacco and/or alcohol) arising from interceptions at Dover or the Channel Tunnel. Many of our Continue reading


Members of Chambers’ Employment team regularly advise and appear in tribunals and courts in all types of employment and employment-related matters on behalf of employees and employers. Our Barristers regularly represent clients at Employment Tribunals in Kent, Surrey and London in cases relating to discrimination, disability and unfair dismissal for reasons ranging from pregnancy to Continue reading

Personal Injury

Members of the Becket Chambers Personal Injury group have wide ranging experience and are able to deal with personal injury cases at all levels of complexity. We act for injured individuals seeking compensation as well as clients (including insurers) defending claims. If you or your clients believe they have a case for a personal injury Continue reading

Planning & Rating

The Becket Chambers Planning Team advise and represent local authorities and individuals in criminal and civil proceedings under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to breaches of planning control, enforcement notices, display of advertisements and ‘loss of amenity’ notices. Our Barristers act for local authorities, developers and individuals involved in planning disputes. Continue reading

Probate & Inheritance

Becket Chambers deals with all aspects of Probate and Inheritance and the Court of Protection, including appearing on behalf of Claimants/Applicants, Defendants/Respondents or third parties. Our Barristers deal with both contentious and non-contentious probate claims, applications to the court to deal with personal representatives and the administration of estates and applications under the 1975 Act Continue reading

Property & Land Law

Our Property and Land Law work covers easements, boundary disputes, other real property rights and representing landlords and tenants in a wide range of residential and commercial disputes (covering public and private sectors). Our Barristers have extensive experience of the range of Courts and Tribunals which deal with such matters, providing advice and representation at Continue reading

Case Studies

Successful Defence to an Application for Costs

In this complex case, Rachel’s client had previously issued a claim against his former solicitor requesting permission for an assessment of bills already paid by him for work undertaken in defending criminal charges. He had been prosecuted for various parking ticket offences and, despite an initial estimate that the cost of defending these proceedings would Continue reading

Limitation of credit hire liability

Rachel was instructed on behalf of a Defendant insurance company who had admitted liability for a road traffic collision but disputed the Claimant driver’s claim for thousands of pounds worth of hire charges. With her extensive knowledge of credit hire law (including the recent Court of Appeal case of McBride v UK Insurance Ltd) Rachel Continue reading

Successfully defending a claim for loss of earnings

Rachel was instructed by the defendant company to deal with the issue of damages arising from a road traffic accident. As well as claiming damages for the personal injury suffered, the claimant sought to recover over £650 for lost earnings. The claimant provided evidence from her employer, which she argued showed that she had lost Continue reading

Defending civil injunction applications

Rachel successfully defended two joined applications for civil injunctions against a married couple. Whilst this was a civil matter, the application arose out of acrimonious contact proceedings in the family court and Rachel’s knowledge of both civil and family proceedings was essential. The application was dealt with by way of a fully contested hearing. The Continue reading

Securing Personal Independent Payments on appeal

Melanie successfully represented an Appellant under the Direct Public Access scheme, appearing before the First-Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement) Chamber in an appeal against the Department of Work and Pension’s refusal to award Personal [LC1] Independence Payments (PIP) in respect of daily living activities and mobility activities. Both daily living activity and mobility activity PIPs were awarded Continue reading

Intervener within Financial Remedy proceedings

Dean was instructed by an intervener in financial remedy proceedings to recover a £30,000 loan made to a friend. The client had loaned the money to enable his friend and friend’s partner to purchase a property. They had agreed verbally that the client would have an interest of £30,000 in the property, however this had Continue reading

Civil Articles

Service by email – a warning shot

More and more often, parties within legal proceedings are using email as their preferred method of serving documents. However, the recent case of Glencore Agriculture BV v Conqueror Holdings Ltd [2017] EWHC 2893 provides a warning that when using such a method, steps should always be taken to ensure that the email address you are Continue reading

You’re Probably a Data Controller: Read Me

In discussions with various professionals, I have been surprised with the number of people who immediately switch off at the mention of data protection. Well, perhaps not surprised, but troubled. That observation has led me to this article. The purpose of this short article is not to offer any advice or explanation on the current Continue reading

Costs Budgeting: When is a Good Reason Required?

As is often the case when a new procedure is introduced, the requirements and boundaries of that procedure are often tested in several different ways to enable practitioners to find its limits, to that extent costs budgeting has been no different. Case Law In Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Continue reading

Failing to mediate- the consequences

The case of Gore v Naheed [2017] EWCA 369 was recently decided in the Court of Appeal and considered the issue of costs when one party has failed to mediate. The facts of the case centred around a right-of-way dispute with the Claimant seeking an injunction against the neighbouring Defendant. In the first instance, the Continue reading

Setting Aside Judgment After Failing to Attend Trial: The Court of Appeal’s interpretation of CPR 39.3

Lawyers are repeatedly reminded of the need to comply carefully with the various (and often onerous) requirements of the Civil Procedure Rules. Any deviation from their path can lead to heavy sanctions for the defaulting party and a stern telling off in Court.  The Court of Appeal’s approach when considering the application of CPR 39.3 Continue reading

When Is ADR Not An Alternative?

Whilst addressing the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators at its recent mediation symposium, Lord Justice Briggs set out his recommendations for the future of the civil dispute resolution process. Briggs proposed a three-stage process whereby cases would first be referred to an automated ‘triage’ where the merits of the case would be considered, followed by arbitration Continue reading

Costs Budgeting: Recent Amendments

As is often the case, the first attempt at a new process is not perfect and requires tweaking as time goes on; cost budgeting is no different it would seem. Having noted that the budgeting process is utilising a great deal of court time and resources, efforts have recently been made to streamline the process; Continue reading

Civil Testimonials

“Thank you Melanie for your hard work. It was a pleasure to meet you and you completely put me at my ease as soon as you spoke to me.”

Ms T Instructing Melanie McIntosh through Solicitors – November 2017

“…Paul did a great job (as always)…”

Miss H from Solicitors instructing Paul Tapsell – August 17

“…I would like to thank you on behalf of S,J and myself for representing us this past week. I know that left to our own devices we would not have been able to  do our mum justice as you have strived to do… Your presentation of evidence and examination of witnesses was truly remarkable…”

Mrs B instructing Paul Tapsell through the DPA scheme – January 17

“Fantastic, Rachel! Just fantastic. Many thanks for all your help and advice.”

Mrs S from a firm of Solicitors Instructing Rachel Baker – November 16

“Thank you so much for your assistance with this, it was a great outcome – well done.”

Ms R from a firm of Solicitors instructing Rachel Baker – November 16

“…Thank you for all your work yesterday. A great result…”

Mrs W from Solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – May 16