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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Ben is currently privately-instructed as junior defence counsel in a major prosecution by the Environment Agency. 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.+ Add to Brochure
Health & Safety, Corporate & Gross Negligence Manslaughter
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.
Ben has been involved in a number of cases arising from alleged breaches of Health & Safety regulations, acting for both companies and individuals, and for the prosecution. He has acted in such cases 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.+ Add to Brochure
Inquests & Coronial
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.+ Add to Brochure
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.+ Add to Brochure
Trading Standards, Consumer Protection & Food Safety
Ben regularly prosecutes for the national Illegal Money-Lending Team (re ‘loan sharks’). He is acted in numerous cases concerning counterfeit goods, Trade Description offences, Electrical Safety and Food Hygiene. He has experience prosecuting disqualified company directors for the Department of Business.+ Add to Brochure