Ben is ranked as a Leading Junior for Crime in the Legal 500 2019 (Tier 1) and identified as a specialist in murder and fraud. He is described as “self-assured and excellent on his feet.”
Ben is listed in Chambers & Partners 2019 (Crime – Midlands Bar – Band 2) as a well-regarded junior, primarily defending in heavyweight criminal matters. He is described as “super talented, super-efficient” with “outstanding judgment”, and as being “all over the law, very bright and very capable.”
Ben’s practise is in criminal and regulatory law. He has expertise in complex criminal cases, particularly homicide, fraud and organised crime conspiracies. He is experienced in cases of serious sexual offences and serious violence – including attempted murder cases as a junior alone – and terrorism.
He is a Grade 3 prosecutor, appointed to the specialist CPS lists for Rape and Proceeds of Crime.
Current and recent regulatory work encompasses Fire Safety, Food Safety, and general Health & Safety; consumer protection offences; and prosecuting privately on behalf of Severn Trent Water and United Utilities in respect of environmental offences.
His notable recent criminal cases include: R v JB – drive-by shooting with automatic weapon, involving cell-site, phone record and CCTV analysis (ongoing); R v TB – junior counsel for the main defendant in a double shooting relying on painstaking analysis of CCTV evidence, in the absence of eye-witnesses (ongoing); R v TC – privately-instructed junior counsel for a successful financier and property developer in a large-scale alleged real estate fraud (ongoing); R v George & others – junior Crown counsel in a 13-defendant case of immigration fraud; R v Todd & others – junior Crown counsel in a multi-defendant case of ‘historical’ child abuse spanning decades, with a widening follow-up investigation ongoing; R v King – pagan ritual murder; deceased’s headless skeleton found 3 years after disappearance; financial motive.
Ben has appeared in the High Court numerous times in Judicial Review cases and many times in the Court of Appeal.
Alongside the above, Ben has for some time been working and advising on a posthumous reference to the Criminal Cases Review Commission regarding the conviction in 1917 of members of a Derby family for conspiracy to murder the then Prime Minister, David Lloyd George.
Ben has also advised the BBC and ITV on legal matters in relation to scripts for television dramas including Doctors and Coronation Street.
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Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)
Ben is currently instructed as defence junior for the main defendant in a complex murder case arising from a double shooting. The case involves no eye witnesses and depends entirely on technical evidence from CCTV/facial-mapping analysis, cell-site and call record analysis, and forensic science regarding firearms. He is also defence junior in a similar case arising from a ‘drive-by’ shooting involving an automatic weapon (believed to have been a ‘Mach 10’) – also reliant on painstaking analysis of cell-site and phone analysis, cross-referenced to CCTV and ANPR evidence.
In another notable murder case Ben was defence junior to Timothy Raggatt QC in a complex murder case involving a plethora of forensic evidence (archaeology, pathology, anthropology, engineering, radiocarbon-dating etc.), cell-site, banking records, handwriting analysis, theology (paganism & ritual crimes) and a wealth of other material, which involved a 2-month trial before Saunders J.
Ben has acted as junior alone in cases of attempted murder including a recent trial against John Butterfield QC involving a youth who had stabbed another youth to the neck.+ Add to Brochure