Karl commenced work for Burton Copeland in March 2018 Karl Benson having previously worked for another firm of criminal solicitors. Karl has a wealth of experience in handling criminal and motoring cases and has built up 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 or disability. He has found dealing with people with undiagnosed mental health disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder & Asperger’s to be particularly rewarding.
"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 has it own challenges, but can be extremely rewarding"
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, serious 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 the City's Chambers.
As well as being a solicitor Karl also has higher rights of audience meaning that he is also able to appear as an advocate in the crown court and is hoping to soon qualify as a duty solicitor. Karl is also a member of SAHCA - The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates.
Karl is dilligent, 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.”