Ben is a commercial practitioner with an emphasis on insurance related disputes. He is also well known for his expertise on the law relating to solicitors, litigation funders, claims management companies and costs, as well as consumer and regulatory law. He is recommended in these areas by the major legal directories.

Ben is also often instructed in group litigation (including follow-on claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal), and in general matters of civil procedure, especially at an appellate level.  He has a strong reputation as a ‘problem-solver’ who solicitors can turn to when a case is in trouble, regardless of its subject matter.

Ben is frequently instructed in cases with an international dimension, and also works closely with lawyers in the other UK jurisdictions and the Channel Islands. He is a member of the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.

Comments from the legal directories include:

Extremely sharp witted, very good with clients and very accommodating.

A tenacious cross-examiner, who quickly gets on top of the factsthere is no one brighter at the Bar’.

‘A quick-witted, brave and eloquent advocate who continually impresses with his general brilliance.

‘As good as it comes. If you’re looking for somebody who’ll get to the heart of an issue at warp speed, he’s your man.’

… a strong track record appearing in front of appellate courts.’

Legally he’s without compare, and he’s also shrewd and is a very determined advocate.

… known for the depth of his research and his ability to come at things from a fresh angle. He always adds something to a case.‘ 

His paperwork is very lucid and compelling.

An absolute genius in terms of his eloquence and ability to react to issues when in court‘.

He can take on anything and do it to a high standard‘.’

‘Mesmerising in court… [and] very difficult to defeat.

Ben previously edited Cordery on Legal Services, and is also a former member of the editorial panel of the White Book.

Reported cases include:

  • Cameron v  Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co [2019] 1 WLR 1471 (SC)
  • Page v RGC Restaurants [2019] 1 WLR 22 (QBD)
  • Cartwright v Venduct Engineering [2018] 1 WLR 6137 (CA)
  • Irving v Morgan Sindall [2018] Lloyd’s Rep IR 614 (QBD)
  • Surrey v Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals [2018] 1 WLR 5831 (CA)
  • Glasgow (Harlequin Property) v ELS Law [2018] 1 WLR 1564 (ChD)
  • Howe v MIB [2018] 1 WLR 923 (CA)
  • Cameron v Hussain [2018] 1 WLR 657 (CA)
  • Merricks v MasterCard [2017] 5 CMLR 16 (CAT)
  • McBride v UK Insurance [2017] Lloyd’s Rep IR 352 (CA)
  • Merrix v Heart of England [2017] 1 WLR 3399 (QBD)
  • Bird v Acorn Group [2017] CP Rep 8 (CA)
  • Howe v MIB [2016] 1 WLR 2751 (QBD)
  • Eurasian Natural Resources Corp v Decherts LLP [2016] 1 WLR 5027 (CA)
  • Webb v Liverpool Women’s NHST [2016] 1 WLR 3899 (CA)
  • Broadhurst v Tan [2016] 1 WLR [1928] (CA)
  • Coventry v Lawrence [2015] 1 WLR 3485 (SC)
  • Eurasian Natural Resources Ltd v Decherts [2015] 1 WLR 462 (ChD)
  • Dalton v British Telecom [2015] ICR 901 (QBD)
  • Jones v Secretary of State for Energy [2014] 3 All ER 956 (CA)
  • Ali v Ali [2014] RTR 6 (QBD)
  • Jones v Secretary of State for Energy [2013] 3 All ER 1041 (CA)
  • Singh v Yaqubi [2013] Lloyd’s Rep IR 398 (CA)
  • Bent v Highways & Utilities Construction [2012] Lloyd’s Rep IR 577 (CA)
  • Mulcaire v News Group Newspapers [2012] Ch 435 (ChD)
  • Sayce v TNT [2012] 1 WLR 1261 (CA)
  • Motto v Trafigura [2012] 1 WLR 657 (CA)
  • W v Veolia Environmental Services [2012] 1 All ER (Comm) 667 (QBD)
  • Sousa v Waltham Forest LBC [2011] 1 WLR 2197 (CA)
  • Drew v Whitbread PLC [2010] 1 WLR 1725 (CA)
  • O’Beirne v Hudson [2010] 1 WLR 1717 (CA)
  • Copley v Lawn [2010] 1 All ER (Comm) 890 (CA)
  • Aehmed v LSC (2009) The Times 4 May (CA)
  • Roach v Home Office [2010] QB 256 (QBD)
  • C v W [2009] 4 All ER 1129 (CA)
  • Tankard v John Fredericks Plastics Ltd [2009] 1 WLR 1731 (CA)
  • McCall v Poulton [2009] Lloyd’s Rep IR 456 (CA)
  • Hall v Stone (2008) The Times 1 February (CA)
  • Bee v Jenson (No 2) [2007] 4 All ER 791 (QBD & CA)
  • Bee v Jenson (No 1) [2007] Lloyd’s Rep IR 451 (QBD)
  • Rogers v Merthyr Tydfil CBC [2007] 1 WLR 808 (CA)
  • Garrett v Halton BC [2007] 1 WLR 554 (CA)
  • Kearsley v Klarfeld [2006] 2 All ER 303 (CA)
  • U v Liverpool City Council [2005] 1 WLR 2657 (CA)
  • Lagden v O’Connor [2004] 1 AC 1067 (HL)
  • Hollins v Russell [2003] 1 WLR 2487 (CA)
  • Crosbie v Munroe [2003] 1 WLR 2033 (CA)
  • King v Daltray (2003) The Times 15 January (CA)
  • Clark v Ardington; Burdis v Livsey [2003] QB 36 (CA)
  • Sarwar v Alam [2002] 1 WLR 125 (CA)

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Qualifications & Memberships

Ben is a member of COMBAR, the PNLA and the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association

 

Ben was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, where he was awarded a Stapeldon scholarship, and graduated with a BA in Modern History (1st class honours).  He obtained his post-graduate Diploma of Law from City University London, winning the Inns of Court Studentship Award from the Council of Legal  Education.  He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1994, where he was awarded a Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship and the Droop Scholarship.  He has practised full time in London since 2000, and took silk in 2015.

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