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William Bennett

William Bennett

Derby Criminal Solicitor Advocate William Bennett
Derby Crime Solicitor Advocate William Bennett

William qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and specialised in criminal law. He built up a formidable Magistrates’ Court reputation before achieving his Higher Rights Qualification in 2010.

He joined VHS Fletchers in 2011 in order to expand his experience and caseload before the Crown Court. Over the last five years he has gained extensive experience across the range of criminal law cases including firearms offence, robbery, major drugs conspiracies, sexual assaults, fraud, burglary and other dishonesty offences. He has undertaken the confiscation proceedings that flow from such cases.

He has successfully represented clients before the Court of Appeal in relation to arguments as to manifestly excessive sentences.

William’s particular strength is his ability to communicate to a jury.

He is a member of SAHCA (The Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocates).


Derby Office:
8 St Mary’s Gate

Tel: 01332 546818
Email: william.bennett@vhsfletchers.co.uk

R v D Sexual Assault. Acquittal of man accused of sexual assault – Leicester Crown Court.

R v L Court of Appeal. Reduction of a manifestly excessive sentence imposed for breach of restraining order by Derby Crown Court.

R v P Robbery. Client acquitted of knife point robbery of a taxi.

R v H. Domestic Assault. Client acquitted of GBH said to have been caused when client’s behaviour forced the complainant to climb out of a window.

R v H Robbery. Court of Appeal. Successful expedited appeal for a vulnerable youth who initially received a custodial sentence.

R v B Derby Crown Court.  Successfully argued for a non-custodial sentence leading to positive client feedback.  More detail here.

R v J Aggravated Burglary Lead advocate in multi-handed trial.  Client was found not guilty after trial for allegations of aggravated burglary and kidnap. More detail here.

R v M Class A drugs offences. Sheffield Crown Court. Significant reduction in sentence following mitigation in a case where drugs were taken into prison.  More detail here.

R v K Class A drugs offences. Nottingham Crown Court.  Mitigation secured a deferred sentence for client on a late plea to possession with intent to supply two types of Class A drug.  More detail here.

R v P Class A drugs offences. Derby Crown Court. Successful challenge to the expertise of a police ‘expert’ witness leads to not guilty verdict for possession with intent to supply charge.  More detail here.

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