Michael Beckman QC
Call (1956) Lincoln’s Inn QC (1976) LL.B (Hons) London


Michael’s extensive commercial and criminal practice has embraced both the domestic and international arenas for almost 40 years. He is renowned for his vast knowledge, flair and passion for his client’s interests. He is good with juries and a great believer in pre-trial team preparation. He is especially known for commercial fraud cases both in the criminal and civil courts. A charismatic, creative and robust advocate, Michael’s in-court persona translates seamlessly to the negotiation table. Accordingly he is a formidable ally in any settlement process. Michael is also a member of 11 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn where he was head of chambers for some 25 years. Michael Beckman also provides mediation services.

Practice Areas

Michael’s professional experience extends to major commercial and criminal trials in Hong Kong and Singapore, performing advisory work in Hong Kong Malaysia and the West Indies and conducting International arbitrations in Zambia.

Notable Cases

  • R v Crown Court at Maidstone ex parte Lever [1995] 2 All ER 35: Court of Appeal case regarding recognisance and forfeiture.
  • R v H [1995] 2 All ER 865: House of Lords sexual assault case regarding contamination of evidence.
  • DPP v Butterworth [1994] 3 All ER 289: House of Lords road traffic offence: driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
  • R v Grantham [1984] 3 All ER 166: Court of Appeal Criminal Division, case regarding fraudulent trading in company law.


‘Murder, manslaughter or nothing’ 147 New Law Journal 1736
‘Escaping by the Side Door’ 147 New Law Journal 1127
‘Cheap Justice’ 147 New Law Journal 948