Ben Smiley


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

Tel: +44 20 7822 2075
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Year of Call: 2009


Ben has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on international disputes, insurance, financial services, arbitration, utilities, disciplinary proceedings, professional liability work and costs.  He advises on, and appears regularly in, trials, applications and interlocutory hearings in the High Court, County Courts and other domestic and international tribunals in these and all other areas of Chambers’ expertise, 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 marked 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, 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 commercial considerations of solicitors, insurers and lay clients. He is happy to accept instructions in matters which cross the spectrum of Chambers’ work.


Professional Liability

Ben’s practice takes in the whole gamut of professional liability work.  He has particular experience of acting in claims involving the liability of:

-       Financial advisors;

-       Accountants and auditors;

-       Insolvency practitioners and administrators;

-       Insurance brokers;

-       Mortgage brokers;

-       Solicitors;

-       Barristers;

-       Surveyors.

Financial Services Professionals

International Arbitration

Ben accepts instructions in any domestic or international commercial disputes which are being determined by way of arbitration. His experience includes advising or assisting in respect of:


Ben has acted in numerous chancery matters, involving the law of: real property, mortgages, trusts, companies and insolvency.  He has particular experience of:

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Ben’s practice involves a wide range of commercial disputes in the United Kingdom and abroad, including the Middle East and Central Asia. He has worked on substantial claims involving:

Financial Services Regulation

Ben has a strong interest in financial services work, and has advised or appeared in respect of claims against:

Having undertaken a secondment at the Financial Services Authority, Ben has detailed knowledge of relevant regulatory law and practice.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Ben’s practice has a particular emphasis on all insurance-related matters, acting for and against insurers. He has experience of both litigation and arbitration, in claims (and potential claims) involving:


Ben’s practice includes consideration of a wide range of issues concerning costs.  He has acted or advised in respect of:


Ben enjoys disciplinary and regulatory work.  His experience includes appearing before the Taxation and Disciplinary Board as Presenter for the Chartered Institute of Taxation and also the Association of Taxation Technicians.

Sports Law

Ben is developing his practice in this area. His experience includes: