Benjamin Myers QC

Call 1994
Silk 2014

"A brilliant silk."

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Criminal

Ben specialises in serious crime. He is instructed consistently in cases of murder, manslaughter, high value fraud, money laundering, multimillion-pound confiscation under POCA, drug trafficking, national and international organised crime, rape, historic sexual abuse and armed robbery. Ben is able to provide advice at all stages of proceedings, from pre-charge and investigation to appeal. He is experienced in leading large teams in substantial and complex cases, many of which have a high public profile. He has a wide experience of appellate matters.

Ben is experienced in public law and is instructed in judicial review proceedings in the fields of both criminal and regulatory law. He has lectured on criminal law and on international human rights.

Ben undertakes both legally aided and privately funded work.

Cases

MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER

R v RH and Others: Multiple shootings culminating in the shooting of unarmed police officers.

R v DD: Match commander tried for gross negligence manslaughter in relation to the 96 deaths at the FA Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.

R v GC: Gangland execution of businessman whose partially burnt body was discovered in a field in Cumbria.

R v SS: Paranoid schizophrenic tried for murder of his partner and two children. Complex psychiatric issues in relation to the law of diminished responsibility.

R v GT: Murder of 14-year-old boy in a graveyard.

R v AK: ‘Honour killing’ by professional hit-man.

R v SW: Young woman in abusive and controlling relationship charged with murder of partner after argument.

FRAUD AND FINANCIAL

R v TR: £330 million tax fraud based upon claims arising out of film and pharma investment schemes.

R v CC: £160 million banking fraud. Prosecution brought by Serious Fraud Office.

R v MF: Multimillion-pound corporate banking fraud.

R v DB: Historic financial abuse of residents of care home in excess of £10 million. Issues relating to banking, probate and fraudulent financial instruments.

R v CP: Multimillion-pound mortgage fraud.

R v TL: £21 million pyramid fraud. Flagship prosecution by the Office of Fair Trading under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

R v NK: £40 million pound money laundering by businessman using via international money- transfers. Associated confiscation proceedings of £40 million.

DRUGS

R v MP and Others: £500 million international conspiracy to import class A drugs.

R v CI: Multimillion-pound importation of class A drugs combined with money laundering operation. Use of road haulage systems to import drugs into the UK.

R v AM: Bulk supply of cutting agent on industrial scale. Complex legal issues relating to provisions of Serious Crime Act 2007.

SEXUAL OFFENCES

R v MN: International trafficking, prostitution and rape of multiple victims by international crime ring. Largest operation of its type at time of prosecution.

R v JH: Multiple-rape of 3-year old daughter by father. Broadcast of associated images over the internet to paedophile ring.

R v ML: Alleged historic rape of music student by teacher.

R v AK: Violent rape of a student by a defendant suffering serious psychiatric abnormalities, raising complex psychiatric and neuropsychiatric issues.

FURTHER OFFENCES

R v AD: Coercive control of female partner in commission of probate fraud. Complex psychiatric and psychological issues and expert analysis of coercive control.

R v P: 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 P 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 IM: Explosive substances sent through the postal system. Detailed scientific forensic issues relating to explosives and DNA.

R v MG: Judicial review relating to search warrants and special procedure material.

R v RB: Death by dangerous driving. Technical issues relating to the law and science of alcohol analysis.

REPORTED CASES

Unsworth v DPP [2010] 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 [2007] EWHC Admin 2055: Impact of Article 5 and common law due process when considering alleged breach of home detention curfew.

R v Rashford [2005] EWCA Crim 3377: Murder; extension of circumstances encompassing self-defence.

R v Bevan [1999] EWCA Crim 2172: Where disparity in sentence is objectionable.