Dréa Becker

Introduction

Dréa defends in serious and complex cases. She is experienced in handling cases across the spectrum of criminal offences including serious violence, drugs, robbery, fraud and sexual offences. When defending, she is often instructed to represent young and vulnerable defendants.

Dréa is currently instructed by a leading international law firm on a bribery and fraud investigation. Dréa was previously instructed by an offshore firm in a confidential financial services regulatory investigation. This involved a detailed understanding and application of the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist-financing regulatory framework.

Background and Expertise

Dréa is a lecturer on the LL.M in International Criminal and Human Rights Law at London South Bank University. She runs the masters’ level module on the Law of Armed Conflict, an international law course focusing on the conduct of hostilities, means and methods of warfare, the legality of weapons, and the law of occupation.

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Before coming to the Bar, Dréa had a career working in humanitarian aid and human rights. She has extensive practical experience and knowledge of the Middle East, specifically Lebanon, Palestine, and Israel. She has experience living in the refugee camps in Lebanon, where she worked as country director for a non-governmental organisation between 1998 – 2001. Following her work in Lebanon, Dréa worked with Oxfam between 2001 – 2003 and lived in the occupied Palestinian territory at the height of the re-invasion of the West Bank, managing refugee-related programming in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Between 2004 – 2005, she managed Christian Aid’s programme in Israel and Palestine. Between 2007 – 2011, Dréa was the Director of Advocacy at Medical Aid for Palestinians, leading the organisation’s advocacy, policy and media work in Europe and the Middle East.

Dréa was awarded the Lord Mansfield Scholarship in 2011 by Lincoln’s Inn, the top grant awarded to prospective barristers. She is a Commonwealth Scholar.

Notable cases

R v JS, 2015

Defended a 17 year old on trial for robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent. The defendant was accused of stabbing one victim in the face as part of a robbery on another group of teenagers. Luton Crown Court.

R v MO, 2015

Secured an acquittal in case where the defendant, who worked as a porter in a care facility, was accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable patient. Isleworth Crown Court.

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R v CH, 2017

Secured acquittal in case where defendant was accused of running a ‘drugs factory’, and was on trial for possession with intent to supply amphetamines. Harrow Crown Court.

R v RC, 2016

Represented client charged with violent disorder. This case involved over 27 defendants involved in a large scale violent disorder, arising of an illegal rave at Twyford Woods. Lincoln Crown Court.

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PROFILE: Dréa Becker

Year called

2012

Specialisms

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Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Sexual offences

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Terrorism

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Disciplinary

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Inquests / public inquiries

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International

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International

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

BA, Politics and International Development, McGill University, 2000.

MA - Middle Eastern Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2004.

LLM - International and Human Rights Law, Utrecht University, 2007

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University, 2011.

Bar Professional Training Course, City University, 2012

Memberships

International Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

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