Call: 1992 QC: 2009
Head of Chambers
Ben is a specialist in professional liability, disciplinary, regulatory and commercial work. Much of Ben's work involves claims against accountants, actuaries, directors, financial advisers, financial institutions, insurance brokers and lawyers following on from corporate collapse, lender losses or failed tax and investment schemes. Multi-party and group litigation is a particular expertise. In addition, Ben concentrates on: commercial arbitrations and litigation both on and offshore; banking; insurance (particularly coverage and indemnity disputes) and claims arising from the financial services sector.
Ben’s recommendations in the Directories extend to Professional Negligence, Professional Discipline & Regulatory, Insurance and Offshore. He is variously described as “absolutely at the top of his game and excellent to work with”, “superb on every level”, “analytical, innovative and easy to approach”, "highly rated for his advocacy, focused advice and prompt response", "[a QC who] immediately earns clients' confidence due to his understanding and his forensic approach", “as conscientious and thorough as can be” with a “tremendous capacity for hard work”, “the first name I think of for professional discipline accountancy cases", "one of the 'big beasts' of the Professional Negligence Bar and our first choice for big-ticket claims in that arena. He is very knowledgeable and articulate and he is an excellent advocate" and "very experienced and [able to] adapt his advocacy style to the particular tribunal he is addressing."
Ben regularly acts on the high value claims in the professional liability arena, particularly those where the dispute is of a commercial or international nature. In relation to lawyers’ liability, Ben is frequently involved in claims with a multi-party element, such as the Right to Buy Litigation.
Ben is particularly experienced in regulatory and professional disciplinary issues in the legal and financial sectors. Ben advises a number of city firms on regulatory and compliance issues, as well as acting on disciplinary claims before the SDT. On the financial disciplinary side, Ben has longstanding expertise having acted in many of the large accountancy disciplinary proceedings of this decade.
Ben is a highly experienced trial lawyer and relishes his role as an advocate. Alongside that, Ben places particular emphasis on detailed preparation, teamwork and being as approachable and flexible as possible.
Ben is Vice Chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and has run their annual seminar on Lawyers Liabilities. He has sat on the Committees advising on the terms of the Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol and the Adjudication Scheme for Solicitors Negligence claims. He is also a member of the Chancery Bar Association and the Common Law & Commercial Bar Association.
B.A. (Oxon.) Dip. Law (City)