$1.5bn claim in the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution concerning an insolvent bank.
Ben Smiley has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on international disputes, insurance, financial services, arbitration, disciplinary proceedings, professional liability work, insolvency, 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 below.
Ben is named a “Leading Junior” in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. He is described as:
- “Ben is an extremely effective advocate who often out-performs his more senior opposing counsel. He is incredibly well prepared and has a sharp focus on the detail.”
- “Highly adept at dealing with complex issues and difficult clients under extreme time pressure, and very user-friendly. He deals with matters pragmatically and commercially which is a great help.” “He just works incredibly hard and produces excellent work.”
- “An emotionally intelligent advocate who can adapt his style when necessary.”
- “He has a particularly impressive ability to quickly digest the details of even the most complex cases. He is also a formidable advocate in court and has achieved some remarkable victories.” “He’s very clever, very affable, turns things around quickly and efficiently, and always thinks things through.”
- “A really reliable and very capable junior barrister.”
- “He provides clear, practical advice that goes to the root of the matter and is targeted to meet the aims of the client.”
- “A good advocate, and a rising star.”
- “An impressive junior with strong analytical skills.”
- “Flexible in his methods and modern in his approach.”
- “Incredibly charming, hands-on and [someone who] always responds.”
- “An up-and-coming star, who has a keen mind and an engaging approach.”
- “Always first-rate. Very slick, personable and hard working. He beats deadlines and is ahead of the game.”
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.