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Ben Elkington QC

Call: 1996 QC: 2012

Ben has a thriving practice focused on insurance, professional liability and general commercial litigation.  He is ranked in the directories as a leading silk in the fields of insurance, professional negligence, commercial dispute resolution and property damage.  He is rightly described as a “new-style silk” who is “very user-friendly” and he is praised for his strategic insight, legal analysis, and ability to get on well with clients.

Ben combines his outstanding academic background with a modern commercial approach. He recognises that his cases and his clients need more than just a first class legal analysis. Typically his clients have either been wronged or are being sued, and want comprehensive and comprehensible advice, on time and on budget. Ben prides himself on being commercially astute and easy to deal with.  He brings enthusiasm, insight, determination and sound judgment to his work.  In each case he strives to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. He acts for claimants and defendants in equal measure, which gives him a real advantage.

As well as acting for clients, Ben acts as an arbitrator and he has also accepted instructions to act as an expert on English law.

The quality of Ben’s work and practice has long been recognised in the Directories. Current entries include the following:

“Praised as a new-style silk, he’s particularly praised for his insurance-related work.  Very good with clients and a man of great strategic insight… Impresses solicitors with the way he gets buried into the fundamentals without getting distracted by the window dressing when handling multiparty claims.” (Chambers & Partners 2014 – Professional Negligence).

“Impresses barristers and instructing solicitors with his skill in insurance and reinsurance matters.  He is well versed in a wide variety of claims, including those related to brokers’ negligence and property damage.  He’s very good with clients, and has great strategic insight” (Chambers & Partners 2014 - Insurance).

“The always impressive Ben Elkington is an excellent academic, and practical” (Legal 500 2014 - Insurance).

“Has firmly established a solid reputation in the commercial litigation arena.  He has strong insurance, professional negligence and property damage experience.  Responsive, intelligent and very user-friendly.”  (Chambers & Partners 2014 – Commercial Dispute Resolution).

Has a broad practice that encompasses professional negligence, insurance and professional liability cases.  His adroit handling of all three types of claims leads sources to highlight him as a great choice for property damage work.  ‘He’s very personable and gets on well with his clients.’ ‘In court he is particularly sensitive to the needs of judges, but he can also be quite tenacious with witnesses.’” (Chambers & Partners 2014 – Property Damage).

Previous comments in the directories include: “outstanding”; “absolutely first-rate”; “a very good and dangerous opponent.”;  “responsive and easy to deal with”; “so thoroughly dedicated that he works like a Trojan to get the job done”; “Clients say he is ‘approachable and very knowledgeable’ and admire his “sound judgement and commercial approach, born of the way he ‘thinks through issues very comprehensively’”; “receives praise for his ‘deft handling of clients and enviable strategic insight.”

Ben was previously admitted to the New York Bar and worked for Sullivan & Cromwell in Manhattan. He was a judicial assistant to the Court of Appeal. He is an editor of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability. He is a committee member of COMBAR, and a member of the PNBA, LCLCBA and BIBA.  He was recently appointed as an adviser to the Insurance Brokers’ Standards Council.

Ben was top of his year in Bar Finals in 1996. Before that he took a First in Law from Cambridge University, followed by a Masters in Law from the University of Virginia. He is a scholar of each of (i) Cambridge University; (ii) Trinity College, Cambridge; (iii) Gray’s Inn; and (iv) the Inns of Court School of Law.  He was one of the first of his year of call to take silk.

Ben lives in London with wife and 4 young children. When not at work he can usually be found with his family on the Isle of Mull making camp fires in the rain, walking, and trying (and generally failing) to catch salmon and trout.


M.A. (Cantab.) LL.M. (Virginia)