Karl Benson

Solicitor

Karl commenced working for Burton Copeland in March 2018 as a Solicitor. He has since successfully attained his Duty Solicitor status. He previously worked for another firm of criminal defence solicitors where he built up a wealth of experience in handling criminal and motoring cases. He has a reputation for dealing with rare and unusual cases and defences. He is knowledgeable about computer based crimes involving in particular those involving bitcoin, drugs & firearms supplied from the dark web, indecent images and hacking (Computer Misuse Act offences).

He represents a wide variety of individual clients from youths just over the age of criminal responsibility, to people lacking capacity through age and/or disability. He find its particularly rewarding representing people with undiagnosed mental health disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder & Asperger’s.

"Having to assist people who have fallen through the cracks of the criminal justice and/or health system to get their first diagnosis in the midst of criminal investigations or proceedings can be difficult but is extremely satisfying"

With 10 years experience in criminal law and having qualified as a solicitor in 2015, Karl has represented clients at the police station arrested and accused of some of the most serious offences including murder, historic sexual offences and causing death by dangerous driving. He has also appeared for clients charged with these types of offences both at the Magistrates Court and has prepared cases through to Crown Court trial and is known by many of the leading barristers at in Manchester based Chambers.

Karl also has attained his higher rights of audience meaning that he is also able to appear as an advocate in the Crown Court. He is a member of the SAHCA - The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates.

Karl is diligent, tactful, adaptable and a team player, a skilled problem solver who is able to break down complex legal issues to simple every day language.

“Representing some of the most vulnerable persons in society through publicly funded legal aid is challenging at times, but extremely rewarding work. I am delighted to have arrived at Burton Copeland LLP and being able to deal with the high profile and serious and private and legal aid cases at such a prestigious firm.”

Notable Cases:

R v X – A youth charged with attempted section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent. Made a lengthy bail application, persuading the magistrates and securing bail against all odds. Then fought over the veracity of the charge, which for A was reduced to a common assault, avoiding the fate of going to the Crown Court.

R v B – Court appointed to Cross examine at summary trial to represent a very vulnerable defendant. Acquitted after a robust cross examination of the complainant evidenced the reasonable doubt.

R v D – Domestic abuse allegation, the Prosecution failed to comply with the Criminal Procedure Rules. Karl vigorously opposed the application to vacate in a passionate and compelling manner, citing the relevant caselaw. No Evidence Offered by Prosecution.

R v T – Client appeared in custody having been on warrant for over a year and being accused of fresh serious violent offences. Yet another successful bail application in front of a packed court room.

R v F – Client appearing from custody on suspended prison sentence for a begging offence. Successfully persuaded the District Judge not to activate the suspended sentence.