Members of Becket Chambers Criminal Team have extensive experience of all aspects of criminal work, regularly representing clients in Magistrates and Crown Court. We represent businesses and private individuals.
Under the Direct Public Access scheme, our barristers can advise and represent you in cases where you are not eligible for Legal Aid. This is primarily relating to:
- Cash forfeiture (where cash in your possession has been deemed to be the proceeds of criminal activity or for the purposes of crime)
- Condemnation cases involving excise goods (tobacco and/or alcohol) and/or vehicles that have been intercepted and seized by Customs officers
- Driving offences. A driving offence might well be your first experience of the criminal justice system, and we recognise how stressful this can be, as well as being acutely aware of the potential implications for your livelihood.
- Environmental offences, for example fly tipping or matters relating to food hygiene
- Fraud, theft and dishonesty offences – including Benefit Fraud involving fraudulent claims for housing benefit and council tax.
- Minor crimes of violence and offences against the person, for example if you have been involved in an altercation involving minor injuries only. Major crimes of this nature would not be dealt with under the Direct Public Access scheme.
We act for the CPS and other agencies as well as for defendants, so we have knowledge and experience of how these prosecuting authorities operate. As well as representing you in Court we can provide oral and written advice regarding the prospective outcome of your case. Many of our barristers have experience of working with clients who need the additional help of an interpreter.