Crime

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.

Case Studies

Varying a Sexual Offences Prevention Order

Rachel’s client had been convicted of an offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and wanted to obtain advice about varying the Sexual Offences Prevention Order he had received upon his conviction in 2010. He had felt let down by the lawyer who had acted for him previously and was unsure of how to go Continue reading

It’s a foolish lobster who gets caught twice

Paul Tapsell was instructed by Mr X who was involved in the release of £7,500-worth of lobsters and crabs off Brighton Marina as part of a Buddhist religious ceremony attended by over 100 Taiwanese tourists and pilgrims from three boats hired by Mr X. Mr X was subsequently charged with releasing non-native lobsters and crabs Continue reading

Crime Testimonials

“You have made an extremely stressful time more bearable, and for that I will be forever grateful

Mr B Instructing Paul Tapsell – July 2017