Over 50% of all crime recorded by the British Crime Survey in 2007 involved an element of dishonesty. Behind this statistic lies a vast range of offences, from pick-pocketing and shoplifting, through muggings and more serious commercial robberies, to sophisticated multi-million pound frauds.
Members of chambers have experience of prosecuting and defending in cases at both ends of the spectrum. New tenants will cut their teeth in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts before progressing to the Crown Court, while the expertise of the more senior members of chambers means that they are regularly instructed in some of the largest and most protracted fraud trials, both publicly and privately funded.
Julian Christopher QC is a contributing editor of Archbold with responsibility for the chapter that deals with Theft and Dishonesty