Ben Williams Regulatory

Call: 2006

Introduction

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 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 practice is in criminal and regulatory law. He has expertise in complex cases: particularly white collar & corporate crime; organised crime; serious sexual offences; and homicide. He undertakes private client defence work for individuals and companies in a range of matters and his clerks are able to agree structured fees on a tailored basis.

Crime: recent work includes a multi-million pound broadcasting fraud as leading junior; a gang-related double-shooting; a drive-by shooting with an automatic weapon; ongoing litigation regarding a complex real estate fraud. He is ranked as a Level 4 CPS prosecutor, the highest grade, and is on the specialist CPS lists for Serious Crime; Rape; and Confiscation.

Regulatory: current and recent work includes a high-profile Health & Safety theme park fatality; a major Environmental prosecution concerning the largest covered recycling plant in Europe. He is on the Attorney General’s List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (Band B).

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.


Environmental

Ben was recently privately-instructed junior defence counsel in a major prosecution by the Environment Agency concerning a series of major fires at the largest covered recycling plant in Europe. He has acted in many private prosecutions brought by statutory water undertakers Severn Trent Water and United Utilities, for offences committed by businesses in relation to the sewerage network. He has acted for Local Authorities on many occasions, including prosecuting a metalworking company for breaches of a Noise Abatement notice, involving complex scientific evidence on noise attenuation and wide-ranging legal argument.

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Health & Safety, Corporate & Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Ben is currently instructed as junior counsel defending a theme park in relation to a high-profile ride fatality involving a child.  He has been involved in a range of cases arising from alleged breaches of Health & Safety regulations, acting for both companies and individuals in the Crown Court, Coroner’s Court and in the context of civil litigation. Examples include a near-fatal roller door collapse; a fatal fall from height; electrocution at work; and fatal crushing at a haulage company’s yard.

Ben has defended private clients (corporate and individual) in Fire, Food and Health & Safety cases, including the owner of a chain of pubs; a private landlord with a portfolio of HMOs; and a national business owning a string of Burger King franchises.

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Inquests & Coronial

Ben is currently instructed as junior counsel defending a theme park in relation to a high-profile ride fatality involving a child. Ben has appeared at Inquests to represent the interests of Local Authorities, companies, and individuals in the context of workplace fatalities (falls from height; crushing accidents, etc.) and in respect of a resident who escaped from dementia care home and was hit by a train. The latter case received extensive media attention.

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Licensing

Ben has a wealth of experience in respect of liquor, taxi, gaming, and late night refreshment licences appearing at committee stage, in the Magistrates’ Court and in the Crown Court.

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Trading Standards, Consumer Protection & Food Safety

Ben regularly prosecutes for the national Illegal Money-Lending Team (re ‘loansharks’).He is acted in numerous cases concerning counterfeit goods, Trade Description offences, Electrical Safety and Food Hygiene. He has experience prosecuting and defending in cases brought by the Department of Business concerning disqualified company directors.

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