The Becket Chambers Civil Team acts regularly in all aspects of Civil Law, including fast track and multi-track cases from pre-issue, throughout proceedings to judgment and subsequent enforcement.

If you wish to bring a Civil case, or need to defend one, it is important to be aware that in a Civil Law case the burden of proof rests with the defendant – to demonstrate balance of probability.

We can act for you in all Civil Law matters requiring injunctions, in claims for damages, contractual disputes and matters involving costs law.

Our expertise

Members of our Civil Team have specific expertise in:

  • Contract and Commercial disputes
  • Employment Law – including cases involving dismissal and/or involving discrimination on any grounds
  • Licensing
  • Personal Injury
  • Planning
  • Probate and Inheritance (Wills)
  • Property – Landlord and Tenant – for all types of commercial and property
  • Property and Land Law (including trusts, boundary disputes and rights of way)


The Becket Chambers Civil Law team offers expert advice and representation in all areas of Commercial Law, including building disputes, breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation. We can help you to resolve your dispute, whether through litigation, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution. Avoiding disputes In Civil Law, we aim where possible to help you avoid Continue reading

Condemnation & Cash Forfeiture

If your cash, goods and/or vehicles have been seized by HM Revenue and Customers (HMRC) or the Border Force under the Excise Management Act 1979, your legal representation is usually at your own expense. It is not eligible for Legal Aid. Condemnation proceedings are a civil matter and will wait until any associated criminal proceedings Continue reading


Becket Chambers’ Employment team regularly represent employees and employers in tribunals and courts in all types of employment and employment-related matters including discrimination, disability and unfair dismissal for reasons ranging from pregnancy to injury to alleged criminal behaviour, TUPE transfers, constructive dismissal, maternity regulations and redundancy. Our Barristers regularly represent employers and employees at Employment Continue reading

Personal Injury

If you have been injured and wish to seek compensation, the highly experienced Becket Chambers Personal Injury group can represent you in all types of personal injury cases. We act for injured individuals seeking compensation as well as for clients (including insurers) who are defending claims. This gives us 360 degree knowledge and experience of Continue reading

Planning & Rating

Members of the Becket Chambers Planning and Rating Team can advise and represent you in criminal and civil proceedings under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This encompasses breaches of planning control, enforcement notices, display of advertisements and ‘loss of amenity’ notices. Our Rating experts specialise in high-risk cases involving commercial property. We also Continue reading

Probate & Inheritance

Under the Direct Public Access scheme we can provide you with expert help and advice where there is a dispute involving probate and inheritance or involving the Court of Protection. We will appear on behalf of Applicants, Respondents or third parties. Such cases might involve questions over the content or validity of a Will, or Continue reading

Property and Land Law

Property and Land Law covers landlords and tenants (including lease renewal, possession actions, service charge disputes and property which has been allowed to fall into disrepair); disputes between lenders and borrowers (for example over mortgage arrears) and injunctions against trespass, nuisance or serious anti-social behaviour. It can also cover cohabitation disputes, and we will advise, Continue reading


Members of Becket Chambers have extensive experience of acting for those who require a specific licence in order to operate their business or do their job. This includes taxi drivers, those licensed to sell alcohol, or those operating licensed premises such as pubs, restaurants or nightclubs. Our expertise Under the Direct Public Access scheme, our Continue reading

Case Studies

Civil Articles

COURT 101: What To Do On The Day

One cannot fail to notice that, in today’s more enlightened society, mental health and wellbeing are commonplace discussions. Topics that once would not have been discussed are now considered absolutely essential: depression, wellness, mindfulness. As a barrister, I tend to meet people when times are hard. An old adage at the Bar is that people Continue reading

Civil Testimonials

I am very happy and would highly recommend using Mr Fox at Becket Chambers. The clerks are very efficient keeping you updated and responding very quickly to emails. Mr Fox explains everything you need to know clearly and spends time doing this.

I am using Mr Fox to represent me in a small claims court.

Ms A Instructing Christian Fox through the Direct Access Scheme – February 2022

We are very impressed with the speed and quality of the service provided by yourselves and we could not have expected a better outcome.


We will instruct you again if required.

Mr H Instructing Christian Fox through the Direct Access Scheme – January 2022

“Thank you for your [note of our conference]. I certainly feel far more reassured moving forwards with this case knowing that you will be representing me.”



Mr N Instructing Rachel Baker through the DPA Scheme – September 19

“On behalf of myself and my fellow directors I would like to thank you for the excellent service you gave us in defence of the claim”

Ms L Instructing Rachel Baker through the DPA scheme – September 19

“I would like to thank you for your professional performance at the request inquest….

We were pleased with your skilled questioning of the various witnesses..”

Mr G Instructing Paul Tapsell through the DPA scheme – February 17