Profile

Ben is a highly experienced Junior who practises in all aspects of criminal and quasi-criminal litigation. He is also a specialist in extradition proceedings and is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners 2017.

“One of the most eloquent barristers at the Extradition Bar.” “His approach to work is meticulous, he is thoroughly prepared and he’s good with clients.” “A really smooth advocate.”

Chambers and Partners 2017

 

Ben has conducted cases at all levels, including twice before the Supreme Court. He is extremely thorough and well prepared. His written work is of the highest quality. Ben has a great deal of experience of dealing with difficult cases, often involving vulnerable clients and witnesses.

He is a modern barrister:  unflappable and unassuming in his approach and is an extremely effective advocate.

Recognition

Legal 500 2017 C&P 2018

Expertise

Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance

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Ben is a specialist extradition practitioner who acts on behalf of both requesting states and individual defendants in equal measure.   He has appeared in hundreds of cases before the Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Westminster Magistrates’ Court and is frequently instructed to appear in the High Court. To date, Ben has appeared in over 50 appeals and applications for judicial review and habeas corpus. He has also recently appeared as Junior Counsel in two cases before the Supreme Court, including HH and PH v Italy [2012] UKSC 25, the leading case in relation to extradition and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ben is regularly asked to provide advice both to individuals and requesting states and often at very short notice.

Criminal Litigation

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Ben is an experienced Junior who practises in all aspects of criminal litigation. He is ranked in Band 3 by Chambers and Partners 2017. He prosecutes and defends in serious criminal matters before the Crown Court and the appellate courts. He is frequently instructed privately to represent individuals before the Magistrates’ Court.

Ben has appeared in the Crown Court, both as Sole Counsel and Led Counsel, in matters concerning homicide, serious violence, sexual offences, large-scale fraud and dishonesty, drug trafficking, electoral fraud and perverting the course of justice. Ben has a great deal of experience of matters arising out of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention. He has experience of European Union law and its application to the criminal law of the United Kingdom.

Ben is available to undertake advisory work in all aspects of criminal law and related areas, including bribery, corporate fraud and litigation, and cross-border cooperation and investigations. He is well-versed in issues concerning jurisdiction and mutual legal assistance. He has experience in the field of legal professional privilege and the handling of material gathered during large-scale searches of premises.

Ben is able to provide advice either in writing or in conference, and at short notice if necessary.

Corporate Crime and Investigations, Fraud

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Ben receives instructions on behalf of private clients and companies in relation to allegations of bribery and corruption, with the offences often alleged to have been committed in foreign jurisdictions. He has been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (List B). He has advised the Serious Fraud Office in relation to legal professional privilege, disclosure and other related issues.

Ben has significant experience of managing large-scale document review exercises, with particular emphasis on corporate and commercial institutions. He has undertaken such work on behalf of both the Serious Fraud Office and private clients. This work has enabled Ben to develop an insight into the workings of large corporate and City institutions. He has an understanding of, and sensitivity to the unique issues which can arise in such cases.

Ben has been instructed by leading solicitors to assist and advise in relation to Operations Weeting (phone hacking), Elveden (payments to public officials) and Tuleta (breaches of privacy and unlawful conduct). He is very experienced with the relevant provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, legal professional privilege and the seizure and handling of journalistic material.

Public and Administrative Law

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Ben has experience in public law and in particular the operation of public law in the context of criminal litigation and extradition proceedings.

Ben has been appointed to the Attorney General’s panel of Counsel. He has experience of working for government departments and of the conduct of large-scale civil litigation and judicial review. He understands the sensitivities involved in undertaking government work and has received security clearance to the highest level.

Ben is frequently instructed by the Appeals Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service. He has recently appeared in complex appeals by case stated and judicial review.

Appointments

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  • Crown Prosecution Service Panel Advocate (Grade 4)
  • Crown Prosecution Service Specialist Panel – Extradition
  • Crown Prosecution Service Specialist Panel – Fraud
  • Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (List B)
  • Attorney General’s Panel for Civil Litigation (List C)

Education

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University of Warwick, LLB (Hons), LLM.

Other

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Ben is able to receive instructions on a direct access basis in appropriate cases.

Notable cases

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HH and PH v Deputy Prosecutor of the Italian Republic, Genoa; and F-K v Polish Judicial Authority

The leading authority on the application of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in extradition proceedings.

Lukaszewski and Others v Poland; Halligen v Secretary of State for the Home Department

The leading authority on the provisions of the Extradition Act 2003 that govern the lodging and form of notices of appeal.

Artola v Spain

Appearing for the Spanish authorities in this extradition request for an alleged offence of co-operation with a terrorist group.

Portugal v Azevedo

Appearing for the Portuguese authorities in this extradition request for the former president of Benfica football club, who had been convicted of fraud in Portugal.

Turner v United States of America

A leading authority on the correct approach to be taken to suicide risk cases in extradition proceedings.

Russia v Bolosh

Appearing for the defendant and successfully resisted an extradition request made by the Russian Federation on the basis of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ektor v Holland

A leading authority on the sufficiency of particulars required in European Arrest Warrants.

Re A

Instructed by a FTSE100 company in relation to allegations of bribery and corruption.

Serious Fraud Office v Davenport and Others

Advising upon disclosure in large-scale advance fee and rent fraud.

Re A

Instructed by the Serious Fraud Office as Independent Counsel to review approximately 100,000 documents and to advise upon legal professional privilege.

R (Williamson) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court

An authority on the proper application of section 142 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980.

R v LH

Representing an 80 year-old defendant charged with historic allegations of sexual assault dating back 40 years.

R v WB and Others

Instructed to defend in a large-scale conspiracy to import Class A drugs from South America.

R v DE

Junior Counsel for the Crown in the prosecution of a 15-year old accused of the attempted murder of his twin brother.

R v RR

Junior Counsel for the Defence in a large-scale conspiracy to rob cash in transit vehicles.

R v Akhtar and Others

Junior Counsel for the Crown in the prosecution of individuals for local election fraud.

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