Year of Call: 2013
Inn of Court: Inner Temple
Ben Rowe has recently joined Chambers having spent over three years as the only criminal lawyer employed by the UK’s largest litigation-only law firm. 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 was called to the Bar in 2013 and developed a strong, mixed criminal practice. His practice now includes general crime, fraud and commercial crime. He regularly appears in the Crown Court as a defence advocate, and appears for the Crown as a Grade 1 CPS prosecutor. 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. Ben has also appeared in regulatory proceedings on behalf of practitioners facing fitness to practise proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and has also acted as a Panel Secretary.
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.
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.
R v MC – Inner London Crown Court
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.
R v AS – Peterborough Crown Court
Following extensive mitigation, a suspended sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to stealing over £30,000 from his mother, who was suffering from dementia, while holding legal power of attorney over her affairs.
CPS (Grade 1)
LLB (Hons), King’s College London
BPTC, BPP University
Inner Temple Prize for Outstanding BPTC Result
- Police Station representative
- Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS)
Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Areas of Specialism
Her practice includes both Magistrates and Crown Court work, being instructed in all aspects of criminal law. She has defended clients on offences from low level driving matters, violence, Theft, Fraud and Public order right through to GBH, Robbery and Firearms offences. She is regularly instructed on cases involving youths and offences of a sexual nature due to her personable approach.
She enjoys being involved in pro-bono work and was recently part of an outreach team who regularly conducted sessions with local school children to teach them about the different roles of lawyers and court procedure.
Whilst establishing a career at the Bar she was a University lecturer, specialising in Criminal Law and Advocacy. She continues to offer assistance to students of the University acting as a Judge for various competitions.
Recent publications include:
- ‘Dissenting Judgments in the Law’ (Wildy, Hill & Simmonds): Chapters concerning consent as a defence and the availability of compensation for miscarriages of justice (2012)