Ben Edwards

Year of Call: 2007

Education: 

Bar Vocational Course (City Law School – 2007)

LLB Law (University of Exeter – 2006)

Areas of Work

Ben joined Chambers in January 2016. Prior to this, Ben worked for the Crown Prosecution Service in London as a Crown Prosecutor. Ben completed his pupillage with the CPS in March 2014 and thereafter prosecuted all types of case in the Magistrates’ court, ranging from assault to sexual offences, gaining important insight into how cases are prosecuted. Ben brings a unique approach to defence work, having experienced first hand the working of the CPS. As such, he is able to advise clients effectively.

Prior to completing pupillage, Ben worked in the CPS Proceeds of Crime Unit in London, and the newly-formed Appeals Unit, dealing with appeals from across the country in a variety of cases. Ben also managed the Unduly Lenient Sentence Team, working alongside Treasury Counsel and regularly meeting with the Attorney General and Solicitor General.

Ben currently appears in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, for both the prosecution and defence. He is building his defence practice and has experience representing both adults and youths. Ben is quickly developing a practice representing particularly vulnerable defendants and has experience of conducting trials where an intermediary is required.

Ben is not only building on his work in criminal law but also regulatory law. He represents the Nursing and Midwifery Council in all types of hearings, in particular Interim Order applications and Substantive Hearings

Recent Cases

Crown Court

R v B (Woolwich Crown Court)

Represented defendant who pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, using a hammer to threaten. Sentenced to 10 months’ custody.

R v N (Woolwich Crown Court)

Represented defendant charged with two knife point robberies. Pleaded guilty and received 3 years’ custodial sentence despite having similar previous convictions.

R v R (Wood Green Crown Court)

Defendant pleaded guilty to car jacking where the defendant and others dressed as police officers. Following extensive mitigation defendant was sentenced to 45 months in prison.

R v L (Maidstone Crown Court)

Defendant pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Supply Class A Drugs (Cocaine) and Possession with Intent to Supply Class B Drugs (Cannabis). Following extensive mitigation the defendant was sentenced to a total of 2.5 years in prison

 

Magistrates Court

R v A (Stratford Magistrates’ Court)

Defendant acquitted after trial of two domestic assaults. The defendant was assisted throughout by an intermediary.

R v B (Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court)

Defendant acquitted following trial of breaching a non molestation order. The court found the defendant had a reasonable excuse.

R v S (Bexley Magistrates’ Court)

Defendant acquitted of assault on his wife. The court found the defendant acted in lawful self defence.

 

Regulatory Work

NMC v D

Represented the Conduct and Competence Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The registered nurse allegedly forced food into a service user’s mouth. Following a three-day substantive hearing, the panel found the facts proved and the nurse’s practice impaired. The committee imposed a twelve-month suspension order.

 

Memberships

Middle Temple 

News

James Dick appointed as Rape List Counsel
Congratulations to Jim Dick on his successful application to join the Rape and Serious Sexual Abuse Panel Counsel list. Chambers are delighted to see a valuable addition to the strong team of Rape List Counsel at 9KBW.

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Julian Jones and John Ojakovoh appointed as Serious Fraud Office Panel Counsel
Chambers are delighted to announce that following their successful applications, Julian Jones has joined panel A and John Ojakovoh Panel B of SFO External Counsel. Many congratulations to both of them.

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9 KBW OIC Roadshow and Mock Trials feature in The Times
Chambers highly successful Roadshow and Mock Trial programme was featured in an article by “The Brief” on August 9th 2017. The article outlined the growth of the Roadshow from birth to present day and showcased the work our tireless team undertake in the training of police Officers.

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John Ojakovoh instructed in cyber crime case
John Ojakovoh has been instructed to prosecute in R v Esteves at Blackfriars Crown Court

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Tom Aitken joins the 9KBW Team
Chambers are delighted to announce that, from August 7th 2017, Tom Aitken will be joining 9KBW as a tenant following his third six Pupillage with us.

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