Holly Betke

Call 2013


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Holly’s experience as a criminal practitioner equips her with the practical and expert legal advice required for inquest proceedings. Holly has specialised in criminal law since 2008, first as a solicitor and then as a barrister. She has experience acting for both the prosecution and defence in conducting trials, pre-trial and preparation hearings, sentences and Newton Hearings. She also has experience at the Court of Appeal. An effective advocate, skilled in cross examination, Holly is able to provide professional representation and advice at all stages of the inquest process. She recognises that inquests can be very emotive proceedings and has a particular interest in representing police officers, prison guards, medical professionals and lay persons.

Inquests Cases

R v CC – Leeds Crown Court. Defended man accused of sexual activity with a child. Acquitted after trial.

R v B – secured a successful result for her client in a contested confiscation case. Following a conviction for fraud in a multi-handed case, Holly was successful in contesting the £21 million figure on behalf of her client. After a seven day hearing, the client was

found to have no hidden assets, a benefit figure of £9.8 million and an available amount of

£204,000 which had already been paid.

R v D – secured a not guilty verdict for her client, a 33 year old Romanian female in a sex trafficking case. After a month long trial, the defendant was acquitted of running prostitutes.

R v W – represented a male charged with two counts of evasion of payment of excise duty on tobacco worth over £95,000.

R v B – represented a male charged with possession with intent to supply and production of cannabis.

R v S – represented a male and his company charged with offences against the environment agency.

R v B – represented (as junior) a male who was charged with murder, defence being one of diminished responsibility due to acute alcohol syndrome.

R v P – represented a male charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

R v W – represented a female charged with burglary of a dwelling.

R v P – prosecuted a male charged with affray and possession of a bladed article.

R v N – defence of breach of restraining order, reasonable excuse put forward due to Battered Woman Syndrome.