Beatrice was called to the Bar in 2021 and joined chambers as a tenant in 2022 after successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Richard Canning and Robert Skyner. Despite only having been on her feet for a short time, Beatrice has attracted praise from the judiciary, being described as having an “extremely pleasant disposition”, being “extremely well prepared” and making submissions “of the highest standard”.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree, Beatrice was appointed as a specialist court advocate for West Yorkshire Police. In this role, she prosecuted Domestic Violence Protection Orders and breaches of these orders on behalf of the Chief Constable. In addition, she also advised and trained police officers across the force on the relevant legislation and procedure, presenting to officers from all ranks between Constable and Chief Superintendent. Beatrice was ranked as “exceptional” in this role, and was chosen to speak alongside the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner at an external conference.
For the Bar Professional Training Course, Beatrice was awarded the Diplock Scholarship and Blackstone Entrance Exhibition by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. During the course, she obtained Very Competent and Outstanding marks in her advocacy modules, and a Very Competent grade overall whilst continuing to work for West Yorkshire Police.
R v T 2022 – Secured a two-year suspended sentence for a defendant who rammed a police vehicle during a high speed police chase, whilst under the influence of drugs and carrying over £7000 of cannabis. The defendant had numerous previous convictions for PWITS which had resulted in immediate prison sentences. His Honour remarked during sentencing, “When I came into this court I was going to send you to prison, but Miss Allsop has persuaded me otherwise”.
R v M 2022– Secured a fourteen-month suspended sentence for a defendant convicted of two counts of breaching the Sex Offender Register, having failed to notify a new address and the fact he was living with his partner’s four children. His partner was unaware of his past and was pregnant with his child.
R v T 2022 – Successfully defended a client charged with ABH and criminal damage, resulting in acquittal.