Ben Close

Call: 2009


Ben has been a specialist criminal practitioner since he started his career in 2009. He moved to St Philips at the beginning of 2015, since which time he has developed his practice to encompass regulatory fields.

Ben is instructed by various prosecuting authorities and the defence, typically in serious and complex cases. As well as appearing regularly in the Crown Court, he has also appeared successfully numerous times in the Court of Appeal including in reported cases, where he has been complimented for his thorough approach.

He became a Grade 3 prosecutor at a very early stage in his career. He is on the specialist Grade 4 lists for Serious Crime and Proceeds of Crime and he is on the Grade 3 specialist Fraud panel. He has also been appointed to the CPS specialist rape panel.

Ben has been appointed to the ‘B’ list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates.

Ben has earned a reputation for a hard-working and thorough approach, but without losing sight of the importance of being personable and persuasive. He is equally at home addressing juries or judges.

After obtaining a First Class degree in Law where he achieved the highest marks in his University year, Ben completed an LLM in Criminal Justice prior to completing the Bar course. He now assists with advocacy training events and lecturing Bar students. He is a member of St Philips’ pupillage committee and is the editor of the criminal team’s newsletter.

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