Ben specialises in serious crime. He is instructed consistently in substantial and complex cases of murder, manslaughter, high value fraud, money laundering, multi-million pound confiscation under POCA, drug trafficking, national and international organised crime, rape, historic sexual abuse and armed robbery. He has a wide experience of appellate matters.
Ben’s 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. He is able to provide advice at all stages of proceedings, from pre-charge and investigation to appeal
Ben is experienced in public law and is instructed in judicial review proceedings in the fields of both criminal and regulatory law.
Ben has lectured on criminal law and on international human rights.
Ben undertakes both legally aided and privately funded work.
R v RH and Others: Multiple shootings culminating in the shooting of unarmed police officers.
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.
R v AF: Violent assault followed by death two years later. Complex issue of causation. Requiring medical opinions of nine experts across different medical disciplines.
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: Multi-million 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: Multi-million 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.
R v NM: Blackmail and fraud by faith healer. Sensitive cultural issues in addition to high-value offending.
R v MP and Others: £500 million international conspiracy to import class A drugs.
R v CI: 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 AM: Bulk supply of cutting agent on industrial scale. Complex legal issues relating to provisions of Serious Crime Act 2007.
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.
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.
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 objectionable.