Beth Crocker

Year of call: 2006

Beth is instructed to defend and prosecute.  She conducts Crown Court trials both alone and as a led junior and her work encompasses a wide range of offences including drugs offences, offences against the person, public order offences and fraud / dishonesty offences.  Beth is experienced in working with young offenders and handling trials involving difficult clients.

Beth widens her skills set with instructions from the Serious Fraud Office in disclosure and legal professional privilege review. Beth also enjoys prosecuting on behalf of local authorities across London and the surrounding areas. She enjoys regulatory work case presenting for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has also represented pharmacists appearing before the Disciplinary Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council and is trained in Prison Law

Expertise

  • Dishonesty offences, including fraud, burglary, robbery, obtaining by deception, and possessing and using fraudulent identity documents and counterfeit currency.
  • Serious sexual offences including rape
  • Drugs offences: possession, possession with intent to supply, supply, conspiracy to supply.
  • A wide variety of violent offences and Public Order offences including s18, s20, domestic violence, harassment and the possession of offensive weapons.
  • Young offenders and handling young witnesses.

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 CH – Secures unanimous acquittal of cocaine courier who makes admissions in interview. News story here.

Central Criminal Court 2015

 R v RA – Secures unanimous of acquittal of defendant charged with firearm offence. News story here.

Woolwich Crown Court 2015

 R v MB – Successfully defended in historic sexual abuse case.  Acquitted on all 15 counts relating to two separate complainants. News story here.

Inner London Crown Court 2015

 R v SS – Multi-handed conspiracy to defraud in land banking fraud.  Unanimous acquittal. (Led Junior). News story here.

Southwark Crown Court 2015

 R v ZA – Represented the ringleader of a ‘sham marriage’ ring designed to evade immigration controls. (Led Junior). News story here.

Birmingham Crown Court 2014

 R v JN – multi-handed conspiracy to defraud the revenue of circa. £2m.  The only defendant to be acquitted. News story here.

Derby Crown Court 2014

R v SBMulti-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine between three organised crime groups across England. One of 33 defendants. (Led Junior)
Northampton Crown Court 2013

R v AA – Multi-handed conspiracy to defraud. The only defendant to be acquitted.

R v LL – Successfully argued before a jury that c. 300g of MDMA was for personal use.

R v MS – Secured a suspended sentence for a defendant who was a courier of half a kilo of cocaine.

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)

R v IA – Represented a defendant charged with s18, s20 and common assault on multiple complainants. Acquitted on all counts.

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)

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

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)

R v GM – Conducted the confiscation proceedings for the largest ever UK opium importation prior to 2008.

Professional Associations

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

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Other Experience

Whilst studying law Beth took part in competitive debating within her Inn and law school, inter-varsity competitions and was the winner of the Middle Temple Monroe Memorial Debating Competition.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Beth worked in a solicitors’ firm and in a London chambers.

Outside of chambers Beth enjoys travelling and is currently learning Spanish.