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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

Contract and Commercial

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 nuisance neighbour/anti-social behaviour possession claim

Paul acted for the local authority in a nuisance neighbour/anti-social behaviour possession claim. There had been a long history of issues between two neighbours resulting in repeated interventions and attendance by the Police and Local Authority and culminating in possession proceedings. The Claim was issued relying on several hundred allegations, based on a single neighbour’s Continue reading

Anti-social behaviour injunction

Cara represented the Applicant in an application for an injunction under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 due to the Defendant’s ongoing behaviour causing increased drug activity, amongst other ASB in the areas associated with them. A power of arrest was also applied for due to the significant risk the Defendants posed.

Civil Articles

QOCS and Fundamental Dishonesty

Qualified one-way costs shifting (“QOCS”) applies to proceedings which include a claim for damages for personal injuries, under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 or which arises out of death or personal injury and survives for the benefit of an estate by virtue of Section 1(1) of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934 (Civil Procedure Continue reading

Had Enough of Experts? Appealing to the Uncontroverted

This article provides a brief introduction to the term “uncontroverted evidence” and the current approach of the courts to expert evidence which has not been “challenged” by another party. Square Pegs, Round Holes Expert evidence can often assist with gaps in the court’s knowledge when it considers the merits of (or lack of) a claim Continue reading

CPR Part 81 Contempt Proceedings – What Has Changed?

Despite various amendments over the years, many thought the wording of Part 81 was unsatisfactory, repetitive, and unnecessarily complicated. Following a consultation exercise by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee from March-May 2020, the committee proposed a new approach to Part 81 which: omitted nearly all the substantive law; dealt with procedure in the Rules, not Continue reading

Failing to File and Serve a Costs Schedule in Time – Can a Party still Claim those Costs by Summary Assessment?

Summary In this article, Jasraj Sanghera will examine the Practice Direction governing the filing and serving of costs schedules where summary assessment of costs is sought, the decision in Robert Macdonald -v- Taree Holdings Ltd [2001] 1 Costs LR 147, and the implications of failing to file and serve a costs schedule in time in Continue reading

Who owns that Pheasant?

As an ex dairy farmer turned Barrister, I am frequently asked two things: 1. Is it true that cows know when it is going to rain and sit down to keep the grass dry? 2. Can I pick up a dead pheasant (or other game bird) on the road? The first question is perhaps better Continue reading

Reactivation of possession claims – Practice Direction 55C and what it means for your proceedings

Practice Direction 55C (‘PD55C’) came into force on the 23rd August 2020. It is a Practice Direction within the Civil Procedure Rules that provides temporary provision in relation to possession proceedings during the Coronavirus pandemic. PD55C provides a temporary modification to Part 55 during the period beginning on 20th September 2020, which is the end Continue reading

‘You Can’t Handle The Truth’ – If You Haven’t Correctly Worded Your Statement of Truth: Amendment to Rule 22 of the Civil Procedure Rules

The Current Covid-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of change to the way legal proceedings are conducted and has also prompted a number of amendments to both the Civil Procedure Rules and Family Procedure Rules. As such one non-Covid-19 related amendment to the Civil Procedure Rules which may therefore have escaped the attention of Continue reading

Article on Costs

The possibility of a detailed assessment of their costs under Section 70 of the Solicitors Act 1974 (the “Act”) is a possibility that all solicitors should be alive too. It is likely to be encountered in some sense during the course of a career and clients are becoming increasingly aware of the option. When a Continue reading

Fixed Costs in Civil Proceedings

The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) provide for fixed costs in certain elements of civil proceedings, including Small Claims, Fast Track hearings, ‘Stage 3’ hearings and possession claims. This means that any costs applied for that are not those within the fixed costs regimes are unlikely to be awarded by the Court, unless certain factors apply. Continue reading

Part 36 Offers Explained

This article explains the key points about Part 36 offers and provides top tips for avoiding common pitfalls. Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules (“Part 36”) is a self-contained set of rules designed to encourage both the Claimant and Defendant to settle the claim outside of court. Any offer made under Part 36 is Continue reading

Title: Reviewing the recent Court of Appeal decision relating to the availability of contractual rectification in cases involving a common mistake in the case of FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v Glas Trust Corporation Ltd

The Court of Appeal recently considered the availability of rectification as a remedy in cases where there is a common mistake in FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v Glas Trust Corporation Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1361. In the case the Claimant sought rectification of two deeds against the Barclays Bank plc as security agent for the Continue reading

Civil Bundles: Worse Than Ever?

Bundles have always been the bane of the civil lawyer’s life. 10 different courts, 10 different approaches, and 10 shades of adherence to the CPR. From 6th April this year, the rules changed for the worse better. If you are preparing for a trial under the CPR, you should take a look at the new Continue reading

When do the Rules Apply? Are Litigants in Person Always to be Held to the Same Standards as Represented Parties Following Barton v Wright Hassall?

In the well-publicised case of Barton v Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12, Lord Sumption, with whom Lord Wilson and Lord Carnwarth agreed (Lady Hale and Lord Briggs dissenting), stated: “The rules provide a framework within which to balance the interest of both sides. That balance is inevitably disturbed if an unrepresented litigant is entitled Continue reading

Open All Hours? Flexible Operating Hours for Family and Civil Courts

On the 16th November 2018 the Flexible Operating Hours (“FOH”) Pilots: Prospectus for Civil and Family Court Pilots was published. HM Courts and Tribunals Service (“HMCTS”) announced that early and late sittings will now be trialled over six months in civil and family courts in Manchester Civil Justice Centre and Brentford County Court, commencing in Continue reading

Life as a Pupil Barrister

Whilst only 3 weeks into Pupillage, I can tell you that I both thoroughly enjoy being a Pupil barrister and that it is unlike any job I have ever done. Becket Chambers has been immensely welcoming to me and every member of Chambers has made an effort to chat, say hello and help me with Continue reading

Disability discrimination and possession proceedings

Background Paragon Asra Housing Limited (“the Appellant”) is a provider of social housing. Mr Neville (“the Respondent”) was an assured tenant of the Appellant. Under Clause 3 of the Respondent’s tenancy agreement there were a number of- quite standard – obligations. These included: – barring him from using the flat for illegal or immoral purposes; Continue reading

Costs against Public Authorities in Non-CPR Civil Proceedings in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts – Heads They Win, Tails You Lose

R (on the application of Perinpanathan) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court and Another [2010] EWCA Civ 40 is the current leading authority on the question of costs in civil matters brought in the Crown or Magistrates’ Court by a public authority. It applies and extends the principles in City of Bradford Metropolitan DC v Continue reading

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

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

It was a very interesting Tribunal and I would also like to say how impressed I was with Christian Fox. He was extremely prepared and could not have provided better representation.

Solicitors Instructing Christian Fox – September 2021

“Samuel did a fantastic job. I was delighted with the result”

Mr J from solicitors instructing Samuel Davis – April19

“I was very happy with Cara’s service. She fully reviewed matters early and pointed out potential issues which meant we could resolve them in time for the hearing”

Miss C from solicitors instructing Cara Radford – April 19

“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