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Ben Smiley

Call: 2009

Ben has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on international disputes, insurance, financial services, arbitration, disciplinary proceedings, professional liability work, costs and sport.  He advises on, and appears regularly in, trials, appeals, applications and interlocutory hearings in domestic and international courts and tribunals, as sole or junior counsel.

More detail in respect of the areas in which Ben accepts instructions can be found by following the links in “Areas of Practice”.

As an undergraduate, Ben read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford, obtaining a First Class degree. He went on to receive his legal training at City University, achieving a Distinction in his GDL and being graded Very Competent in his BVC. A member of Middle Temple, Ben was awarded a Diplock Scholarship to support him in his BVC year.

Ben has undertaken secondments at international law firms and the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority), working on international commercial cases, insurance matters, financial services regulation, professional liability work and sports disputes.

Just as comfortable providing advice as making submissions, and equally adept at written work as in court or conference, Ben has a keen understanding of the needs and objectives of solicitors, insurers and lay clients. He is happy to accept instructions in matters which cross the spectrum of Chambers’ work.


B.A. (Oxon), Dip. Law (City).


French (basic), Russian (very basic)