Year of Call: 2013
Inn of Court: Inner Temple
Before joining Chambers in 2018, Ben spent a number of years as the only criminal barrister employed by the UK’s largest litigation-only law firm.
Ben has developed a very strong practice in both prosecution and defence which includes general crime, fraud and commercial crime.
Alongside his generalist defence practice, Ben has developed a particular expertise in matters involving cybercrime and other computer related offences, including on one notable occasion a commercial opponent’s alleged attempts to plant indecent images on his client’s business servers to gain a litigation advantage. He also has a great deal of experience in defending highly technical driving cases with a great deal of expert evidence, especially those relating to the standard of driving or which cause serious injury.
As a prosecutor Ben has been praised for his excellent witness-care and thorough preparation of trials. He is regularly instructed to prosecute trials across London and the South East. Ben is also instructed by prosecutorial authorities to attend police searches as independent, privilege counsel, and has vast experience of advising on, and reviewing, privileged material.
In his regulatory and disciplinary practice, Ben regularly defends clients at tribunals such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on behalf of the RCN, UNITE and other unions. He has a particular interest in representing medical professionals such as nurses, paramedics and podiatrists.
In his previous employed role Ben advised his firm and its clients on any and all criminal matters arising from large scale, international commercial litigation. As a result Ben has extensive experience of the intersection of criminal and corporate matters, and is able to take a sound, commercial view when advising white collar clients. During his time in employment he advised on a wide range of criminal matters, ranging from international conspiracies to sexual offences.
Ben is a fearless and passionate advocate, while also sensitive to the needs of vulnerable clients and witnesses. Further, having worked within a solicitors’ firm, Ben is sympathetic and responsive to the needs of, and demands placed upon, his professional clients.
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R v MG
Successfully prosecuted a serious road rage attack in which an Uber driver stabbed another road user in the head with a screwdriver.
R v DC
Successful defence of a bus driver accused of dangerous driving after hitting a pedestrian while driving in excess of 50mph in a 30mph zone.
R v SD
Successful defence in a county-lines drug case of a trafficked teenager who was forced to travel to Devon and sell drugs on the street.
R v GS
Successful representations which convinced the CPS to discontinue a case against two brothers (one of whom was training to be a police officer) accused of a series of ABH assaults
R v MC
Successful defence of a homeless person, with severe addiction and mental health issues, accused of robbery, who had a long list of similar previous convictions.
R v LR – Snaresbrook Crown Court
Successful defence of a London Black Cab driver accused of theft who took the keys from another vehicle’s ignition following a collision, and fled the scene.
NMC v RM
Successful defence of a nurse accused of contributing to a death before the NMC
HCPC v RT
Mitigation on behalf of a paramedic accused of engaging in a road race against another ambulance driver. Convinced panel to impose a caution order despite HCPC’s request for a suspension.
Orb a.r.l. and ors v Ruhan  EWHC 850 (Comm)
Sole criminal lawyer acting within the claimants’ litigation team in a very complex commercial matter. The case involved alleged criminal matters including large scale hacking, illegal covert surveillance, theft and blackmail.
CPS Panel Grade 2
Inner Temple Prize for Outstanding BPTC Result
BPTC, BPP University (Outstanding)
LLB (Hons), King’s College London
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Young Fraud Lawyers Association
South Eastern Circuit
Areas of Specialism