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• Ben specializes in serious crime. He is instructed consistently in substantial and complex cases of murder, high value fraud, money laundering, multi-million pound confiscation under POCA, drug trafficking, national and international organized crime, rape, historic sexual abuse and armed robbery. He has a wide experience of appellate matters.
• His knowledge of law and procedure relating to disclosure and abuse of process is extensive. His expertise in the field of human rights and criminal law is a feature of his practice, both in court and in an advisory capacity.
• Ben provides advice and representation at all stages of proceedings, from pre-charge and investigation to appeal. Clients regard him highly for his meticulous preparation, his knowledge of the case and his approachability.
• Ben has been ranked consistently as a leading practitioner in crime in Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession: he is described as a ‘polished and focused’ advocate with excellent judgement.
• In addition to appearing regularly for the defence, Ben is a category 4 prosecutor and a specialist rape prosecutor.
• Ben lectures other legal professionals on criminal law and has been a tutor in International Human Rights at the University of Leeds.
• R v H and others : multiple shootings culminating in the shooting of unarmed police officers.
• R v Lee and others : nightclub stabbing involving minute analysis of CCTV and complex issues of joint enterprise
• R v Khan : ‘honour killing’ by professional hit-man.
• R v Cooke : gangland execution of businessman whose partially burnt body was discovered in a field in Cumbria.
• R v Roche : murder of care worker.
• R v Evans and others : murder of nightclub doorman.
• R v Jackson : attempted murder. Multiple stabbing by paranoid
• R v Service : attempted murder. Shooting in busy city centre.
• R v Lyndsey and others : attempted murder. Gang attack and robbery of victim whose unconscious body was left in freezing water.
Fraud and financial
• R v L : £21 million pyramid fraud. Flagship prosecution by the Office of Fair Trading under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
• R v C : Combined VAT fraud and money laundering in excess of £1.5
• R v Khan : Allegation of up to £40 million pound money laundering by businessman using ‘cuckoo smurfing’ as a means of international money- transfer. Associated confiscation proceedings of £40 million.
• R v Ross: £2.5 million fraud and arson.
• R v Crowther : £1 million fraud by company accountant over a period of
• R v Mohammed and others : leading counsel. Blackmail and fraud by faith healer. Sensitive cultural issues in addition to high-value offending
• R v P and others : £500 million international conspiracy to import class
• R v Ingham : multi-million pound importation of class A drugs combined with money laundering operation. Use of road haulage systems to import drugs into the UK.
• R v Guest : multi-million pound importation of class A drugs.
• R v Mahmood : leading counsel. Bulk supply of cutting agent on industrial scale. Complex legal issues relating to provisions of Serious Crime Act 2007
• R v Nejloveanu : leading counsel. International trafficking, prostitution and rape of multiple victims by international crime ring. Largest operation of its type at time of prosecution.
• R v H : multiple-rape of 3-year old daughter by father. Broadcast of associated images over the internet to paedophile ring.
• R v Kerrigan: violent rape of a student by a defendant suffering serious psychiatric abnormalities, raising complex psychiatric and neuropsychiatric issues
• R v C: gang rape. Case collapsed after disclosure of complainant’s internet chat messages.
• R v P : leading counsel. Misconduct in public office. Abuse of police data systems by serving police officers.
• R v W : conspiracy to possess firearms and use explosives. Use of this weaponry in excess of 20 attacks on city streets.
• R v Parker and others: importation of illegal firearms into UK from overseas. These included handguns, silencers and ammunition concealed in a motor vehicle and brought into the UK from Eastern Europe. Largest post-war importation of its type at time of prosecution.
• R v F : triple death by dangerous driving.
• Unsworth v DPP  EWHC 3037 (Admin) : case stated regarding the parameters of lawful excuse as a defence to criminal damage under section 5(2) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
• Benson,R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC Admin 2055 : impact of Article 5 and common law due process when considering alleged breach of home detention curfew.
• R v Rashford  EWCA Crim 3377 : murder; extension of circumstances encompassing self-defence
• R v Bevan  EWCA Crim 2172 : where disparity in sentence is
• Northern Circuit
• Criminal Bar Association
• Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council
• LLM – International and European Human Rights Law (Distinction) –
University of Leeds
• BA – Joint Honours – University of Leeds