Beth Crocker

Year of call: 2006

Beth is regularly instructed to defend in serious and complex cases. Her work encompasses a wide range of offences including attempted murder, serious violence and firearms offences, large-scale fraud and sexual offences.  Beth is experienced in multi-handed, cut-throat cases and working with large amounts of material (used and unused), including telephone and banking data. Beth has particular experience in cases involving young or vulnerable defendants.

In addition to her defence work Beth sits as a legal advisor in Education Admission Appeals. She is a panel B SFO prosecutor with a particular emphasis on Legal professional Privilege and is privately instructed to provide advice in respect of private prosecutions.

Upcoming Cases

R v RC – Multi-handed county lines drugs case. (Preston Crown Court 2019)                  

R v JB – Multi-handed conspiracy – numerous car jackings with the use of firearms. (Birmingham Crown Court 2019)

R v BK – Attempted Murder. (Warwick Crown Court 2019)

Qualifications

BA (Hons) History – University of Sheffield
Graduate Diploma in Law – BPP School of Law
Bar Vocational Course – BPP School of Law

Notable Cases

R v SL – Led junior in multi-handed child cruelty case. Case involved serious allegations spanning 3 years. The trial involved strict adherence to the questioning vulnerable witness guidelines and included cross-examination via an intermediary and a renowned medical expert. (Gloucester Crown Court 2019)

R v JJ – Led junior in multi-handed fraud. All defendants and a number of witnesses were profoundly deaf. The entire case, which consisted of circa. 100,000 pages of phone and email evidence was conducted with the use of sign language interpreters. The case involved the instruction of a deaf intermediary and cross-examination via a deaf ‘relay’ interpreter. This case made full use of the questioning of vulnerable witness guidelines. Acquitted. (Wood Green Crown Court 2018)

R v TD – Sole defendant acquitted in multi-handed, cut-throat conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration into a Member State. This case involved vast quantities of telephone and email data in excess of 200,000 pages. (Caernarfon Crown Court 2018)

R v MS – Attempted murder. (Junior alone) (Warwick Crown Court 2017)

R v LP – Multiple stabbing, including 3 stab wounds to the back – acquitted of section 18. (Birmingham Crown Court 2017)

R v AS – Conspiracy to facilitate child prostitution. Successful submission of no case to answer. (Hull Crown Court 2017)

R v MJ – Secures unanimous acquittal in rape trial. (Woolwich Crown Court 2017)

R v FT – Secures unanimous acquittal of woman found with 4.4kilos of cocaine in her suitcase. (Birmingham Crown Court 2016)

R v KT – Multi-handed conspiracy to defraud Southwark Council. Unanimous acquittal. This case involved large quantities of telephone and banking data. (Woolwich Crown Court 2016)

R v MM – Multi- handed child cruelty case. Unanimous acquittal. (Woolwich Crown Court 2016)

R v SA – Multiple rape allegations involving the instruction and cross-examination of visual imagery experts in relation to CCTV. (Nottingham Crown Court 2016)

R V CH – Secures unanimous acquittal of cocaine courier who makes admissions in interview. (Central Criminal Court 2015)

R v RA – Secures unanimous of acquittal of defendant charged with firearm offence. (Woolwich Crown Court 2015) 

R v MB – Successfully defended in historic sexual abuse case.  Acquitted on all 15 counts relating to two separate complainants. (Inner London Crown Court 2015)

R v SS – Multi-handed conspiracy to defraud in land banking fraud. Unanimous acquittal. This case involved vast quantities of telephone and email data spanning several years. (Led Junior) (Southwark Crown Court 2015)

R v ZA – Represented the ringleader of a ‘sham marriage’ ring designed to evade immigration controls. This case involved vast quantities of telephone and email data – circa 30,000 pages. (Led Junior) (Birmingham Crown Court 2014) 

R v JN – multi-handed conspiracy to defraud the revenue of circa. £2m. The only defendant to be acquitted. This case involved vast quantities of telephone and email data spanning several years. (Derby Crown Court 2014)

R v SB – Multi-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine between three organised crime groups across England. One of 27 defendants. (Led Junior) This case involved vast quantities of telephone between all 27 defendants – both used and unused. (Northampton Crown Court 2013)

R v DD – Represented a defendant charged with defrauding the revenue of over £700,000. With the assistance of forensic accountant, successfully argued that the defendant’s liability was less than £400,000.

R v SP – Represented a defendant on a retrial charged with multiple counts of arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered. This case involved a complex abuse of process argument regarding a previous discharge of the jury. (Led Junior)(Northampton Crown Court 2012)

R v AB – Multi-handed conspiracy to defraud through ‘cash for crash’ fraudulent insurance claims.

R v NB – Trafficking women for the purposes of sexual exploitation. The only defendant to be acquitted. (Led junior) (Preston Crown Court 2010)

R v A – Large scale public order offence involving hammer attack. (Led Junior) (Snaresbrook Crown Court 2009)

R v M – £5 million heroin importation. Defendant extradited to the UK and tried 6 years after the trial of numerous co-defendants. (Led Junior) (Southwark Crown Court 2008)

Professional Associations

Former Young Barristers’ Committee Representative
Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Middle Temple

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