Benjamin Aina KC joins Exchange Chambers

October 9, 2023

Exchange Chambers has welcomed Benjamin Aina KC as a new member.

Benjamin, who was called to the Bar in 1987 and took silk in 2009, is predominantly a criminal practitioner but also practices in public law.

In criminal matters, Benjamin prosecutes and defends in equal measure.  Since 2016 he has undertaken in excess of 60 homicide cases, prosecuting and defending in equal measure. He has a specialty in juvenile homicide (and juvenile loss of control) where he has an enviable acquittal and conviction rate.  He recently successfully prosecuted juveniles accused of the homicide of an ASDA Shopper in Redditch in 2023; and this year successfully defended a juvenile accused of murder and manslaughter in a stabbing of a 14-year-old child in Northampton.

In other recent cases, he was instructed in 2023 by the CPS to take over the re-trial of the former Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy after difficulties emerged in the first trial leading to acquittals.

In other high-profile matters, Benjamin has served by invitation as special counsel to the Governor of the Cayman Islands to advise on constitutional matters relating to the judiciary and law officers. He also represented Governor Ibori, a Nigerian State Governor, in extensive money laundering proceedings in the UK.

Commenting on his decision to join Exchange Chambers, Benjamin Aina KC said:

“Exchange Chambers has an excellent reputation in the North of England and since I have received a number of instructions in this area of the United Kingdom it seemed a natural home for me.”

Welcoming Benjamin Aina KC to Exchange Chambers, Chief Executive Jonathan I’Anson said:

“Ben is a highly sought-after silk with a proven track record in some of the most high-profile criminal cases of recent times.  We are delighted to welcome him to Exchange as he strengthens his practice in the North.”

Exchange Chambers now has 24 silks and over 200 members.