Call: 1992 QC: 2009
Head of Chambers
Ben is a specialist in professional liability, disciplinary and commercial work. Much of Ben's work involves claims against accountants, actuaries, directors, 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.
Having been described in Chambers & Partners as “probably the best junior at the Bar” and in the Legal 500 as the lawyer to instruct if you were stranded on a desert island and needed to work the law in order to get off it, Ben took silk in 2009. He is recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in both Professional Negligence and Professional Discipline, and is said to be “superb on every level”, and “as conscientious and thorough as can be” with a “tremendous capacity for hard work”.
Ben has been heavily involved in the larger and more complex professional liability and disciplinary claims in recent years. He acted for the lead defence group in both the TAG Litigation and the CLE Litigation and is currently instructed on the appeal in the Innovator Litigation. He is particularly experienced in financial professional discipline, having prosecuted the successive chief executives of Equitable Life and defended the finance director in the Mayflower Proceedings before the AADB (now the FRC).
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 previously ran their annual seminar on Lawyers Liabilities. He is also a member of the Chancery Bar Association and has run their professional negligence seminar. He is a member of the Common Law & Commercial Bar Association.
B.A. (Oxon.) Dip. Law (City)