Year of Call: 2007
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
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
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.
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.