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Ben qualified as a barrister in 2010. In addition to his work as a Turnstone Law team barrister, he also practices through 2 Hare Court barristers' chambers. He has a practice across a range of criminal regulatory work, with a particular focus on health & safety, inquests and white collar crime.
Ben has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Crown Court and Magistrates' Court. He is an experienced trial advocate in front of juries and magistrates.
In 2016-2017 Ben spent over a year instructed in a complex health and safety case involving two sets of charges for separate incidents. After obtaining a number of expert reports on fire and gas safety and making sustained representations one case was dropped entirely. The second was the subject of a guilty plea on a detailed basis after which the company, with a turnover of nearly £200 million, was fined in the tens of thousands.
Ben has experience of high-value, complex fraud and other white collar work. He recently represented a company director accused of 14 counts of fraud and unfair trading. He represented another sole trader and negotiated the basis of plea in a £1m motor vehicle fraud. He previously undertook 10 months’ work on a major land-banking fraud being prosecuted by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Before switching to law, Ben had a successful career as a journalist for the BBC. As an editor at Newsnight and Deputy Editor of the Six and Ten O'clock News, his interest in health & safety was sparked by his responsibility for the safety of staff visiting hazardous environments on location. His skills as a journalist give him an edge as a lawyer when it comes to seeing behind the arguments, getting to the nub of an issue quickly and giving clear concise written advice.
"The most organised barrister we work with: he makes life much easier for his instructing solicitors. He is an advocate who is up for a fight, will not be intimidated by more senior counsel and delivers brilliant results"
"Operates in a very skilled manner and demonstrates a great deal of ability"
"Professional and pragmatic, with thorough questioning of witnesses"
"Thorough, knowledgeable and great at keeping his clients informed ."
"Ben is a very calm, wise lawyer who has a proven track record of allaying the fears of clients, enabling them to engage in proceedings effectively.”
Health and Safety Lawyers' Association
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
1981-1984 University College, Oxford BA (Hons)
Philosophy Politics and Economics (First)
Major Scholar, Inner Temple 2009
‘Outstanding’ result in Bar Vocational Course 2010