Ben Close Regulatory

Call: 2009

Introduction

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.


Regulatory

Ben has prosecuted and defended in a broad range of regulatory matters in both the Magistrates’ and crown courts. Ben has been appointed to the ‘B’ list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates.

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Environmental

Ben has successfully acted in a number of trials involving the illegal depositing of waste. Those cases include successfully prosecuting a crown court trial in a case involving multiple tons of waste deposited at Sarehole Mill park at a time when travelers were illegally encamped at the site.

Ben also has experience of waste cases involving the prosecution of companies.

He has experience of ancillary orders flowing from such convictions, for example, the forfeiting of vehicles used to transport waste.

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Health & Safety, Corporate & Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Ben has acted as an instructor on witness familiarisation courses for HSE inspectors involving the cross-examination of HSE experts and investigators.

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Inquests & Coronial

Ben has represented the interests of companies at inquests, specifically in cases involving deaths following road traffic accidents.

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Licensing

Ben has successfully acted in licensing cases on appeal to both the Magistrates’ and crown courts. Recent successful examples include:

  • Prosecuting a defendant and his accomplice for offences relating to a taxi licence, and offences of perverting the course of justice for attempts made to create false licensing documents;
  • Prosecuting a newsagent for offences relating to illegal tobacco with overlapping licensing issues; and
  • Acting in cases where taxi licences are not renewed or revoked due to alleged behaviour resulting in a criminal conviction or otherwise (including ‘plying for hire’).

Ben also has experience of illegal money-lending cases which has complimented his work in financial crime and confiscation (see above).

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Trading Standards, Consumer Protection & Food Safety

Ben has acted in cases concerning food safety and consumer protection in the Magistrates’ and crown court. Recent successful examples include:

  • Prosecuting the trial of a very large slaughterhouse for not ensuring the proper checks were conducted prior to slaughter;
  • Prosecuting a local business for preparing and selling food prepared in conditions giving rise to multiple criminal offences and health risks;
  • Prosecuting a business and multiple defendants for selling dangerous vehicles in a case which gave rise to 84 criminal offences; and
  • Acting in a case involving trading standards offences stemming from building works conducted at numerous properties.
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