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Jason Beal lr

Jason Beal

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Core Practice Area: Crime
Call: 1993
Inn: Gray’s Inn
Education: Exeter College, Oxford
Memberships: Criminal Bar Association, Western Circuit

"An analytical barrister with a forensic approach." Legal 500 2018 Leading Juniors

"He is very forward thinking."  "He has a good reputation and is well regarded by the judiciary." Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2018

Jason became Head of Chambers in 2012. He practises exclusively in criminal law with over 20 years’ experience of Crown Court trials.  He is regularly instructed to defend in serious and complex cases where his thorough preparation and analytical approach in court is geared towards providing an excellent service to his clients.  He will always provide solicitors with prompt and practical advice. He is a category 4 Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service and is a member of the panel eligible to prosecute rape and sexual offences (RASSO).

His patient approach means that he is particularly adept at cases involving allegations of serious sexual offences and other cases involving children and vulnerable adults. He is a lead facilitator in the rolling-out of the new vulnerable witness advocacy programme and he has lectured extensively on this issue.

His attention to detail means that he is also regularly instructed in cases of fraud, drug trafficking and applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Notable or reported cases

In the past 12 months, his notable contested cases have included :-

  • defending the main defendant in a multi-handed people trafficking case which involved allegations of forced and compulsory labour and servitude.
  • prosecuting as junior counsel a woman charged with murder following an arson in a care home; the defendant was also charged with arsons which had taken place at 8 other locations.
  • defending a woman charged with false imprisonment during her time of employment as a care worker at a care home for people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour in North Devon
  • prosecuting a man charged with multiple offences of rape against his severely learning disabled sister.