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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 

Mr Ben Edwards is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and his details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Mr Ben Edwards holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Mr Ben Edwards is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Mr Ben Edwards provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website  http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/    

News

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Dan Cohen appointed to the CPS Specialist Panel for the Serious Crime Group.
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Claire acted for the defence in the trial of a 26 year old man at Snaresbrook Crown Court on the 3rd April 2018. The defendant was facing a three-count indictment, one of affray, and two of racially aggravated public order offences.

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John Ojakovoh and Mark Sookram secure convictions in tax fraud trial at Luton Crown Court
John Ojakovoh (Leader) and Mark Sookram (Junior) prosecuted for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in a trial at Luton Crown Court arising from an HMRC investigation into fraudulent Gift Aid claims made by the charity for which the defendant had acted as Pastor and Chair of Trustees.

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