Members of Chambers Criminal Team have extensive experience of all aspects of criminal work and are regularly briefed by a variety of prosecuting authorities (including the CPS, Home Office, National Crime Agency, Local Authorities and Trading Standards) as well as by Defence solicitors.
Members of the Criminal Team appear in cases in Magistrates and Crown Court, acting for defendants as well as the CPS and other prosecuting authorities, and their experience includes the appellate courts.
The Criminal Team has experience of dealing with a wide variety of cases involving crimes of violence or offences against the person, theft and fraud (including benefit fraud).
They appear in various cases dealing with matters involving the interception of vehicles travelling to or from the continent where cash, excise goods (alcohol or tobacco) and/or the vehicle are seized by Customs officers.
We represent businesses and private individuals as well as acting for the Home Office (NCA, Customs, etc.) in connection with cash seizure and forfeiture proceedings arising from interceptions at Dover or the Channel Tunnel and have experience in working with clients where the additional services of an interpreter are required.
The team has also advised local authorities relating to criminal litigation (including changes in legislation), and are often instructed in confiscation hearings arising from Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Orders made following conviction.
Individual team members have particular areas of expertise which include dealing with mentally ill offenders.
Individual team members have specific areas of expertise which include:
- Customs and Immigration offences
- Drug offences
- Fraud, theft and dishonesty offences (including Benefit Fraud)
- Local Authority prosecutions
- Offences against the person
- Road traffic matters (including driving offences)
- Proceeds of crime