General Crime

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Members of the Criminal Team deal with a wide variety of general crime cases including crimes of violence or offences against the person, assaults against the police, robbery and theft, harassment, criminal damage and arson. Our experience also encompasses criminal public order offences including threatening and abusive behavior.

Becket Chambers Barristers 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.


Case Studies

Acting for a Local Authority in a benefit fraud case

Paul acted for a Local Authority, prosecuting a long-running benefit fraud case involving overpayment of over £50,000 of Income Support, Housing benefit and Council Tax benefit/support over three-year period. It was alleged that the Defendant had deliberately and repeatedly failed to declare that she was living with her partner (later her husband, and the father Continue reading

Successful Crown Court Appeal against conviction

Rachel’s client had previously been convicted in the Magistrates’ Court of an offence of failing to provide information as to the identity of a driver (section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988). Following his appeal, Rachel represented him at the Crown Court for a full rehearing of his case. The defence was based partly on the Continue reading

Prosecuting multiple public order offences

Sophie conducted a complex multi-day trial against three youths who faced a total of over ten charges including affray and other public order offences. The case involved Sophie in cross-examining multiple civil witnesses, as well as reviewing both CCTV and forensic evidence. This case highlights Sophie’s skills in: cross examination of multiple witnesses use of Continue reading