Ben Handy


Ben Handy

Call 2008
Qualifications LLB Law (First Class Hons), University of Manchester (2007), Bar Vocational Course MMU (2008)
Awards University of Manchester R.G. Lawson prizes in Law, Medicine & Ethics; Constitutional Reform and Mental Health Law (2007)
Professional Memberships Personal Injury Bar Association

Expertise


Ben specialises in cases involving suspicions of fraud. He now tends to act for defendant insurers but has significant experience representing claimants as well. He is often asked to advise on litigation tactics and issues of expert medical and engineering evidence.

He has had a number of notable recent successes for defendant insurers, recovering their costs after findings of ‘fundamental dishonesty’. He is happy to provide in-house training on request.

As part of Chambers’ clinical negligence team, Ben has experience of a range of disputes, including cases involving complex issues of causation.

He has acted for interested parties at inquests into deaths in the context of negligent medical care. He recently acted for the family of a man who tragically died after being allowed to leave hospital without adequate supervision.

Recent cases of interest include the negligent failure to recognise the onset of liver failure in a severely anorexic patient, leading to her premature discharge and urgent readmission (a case which also gives rise to an interesting question as to whether her family may be entitled to claim for psychological harm having witnesses her collapse). Also a straightforward operation to remove a patient’s gall bladder which went wrong, leading to permanent damage and the possibility of serious harm in the long-term.

Ben represents all manner of interested parties at inquests. Recently he has represented the family of a man who was tragically killed in a train accident shortly after he was released from hospital without adequate supervision, and the driver of a lorry that collided with another vehicle parked on the hard shoulder of the motorway, resulting in the death of its occupant.

Ben is a qualified mediator, able to assist parties in the resolution of all manner of disputes without the need for costly and uncertain litigation.

Ben has recently been published in the Personal Injury Law Journal, having written on the issue of costs penalties for unreasonably refusing to mitigate (Read Article here).

We are able to provide top-quality mediation facilities here in chambers on request, but Ben is also happy to travel should the parties prefer.

Ben acts for both claimants and defendants across all areas of personal injury law. He started out in practice in a specialist set in Liverpool in 2008 before joining St John’s personal injury team in 2013. He now regularly acts for clients in high-value cases involving serious injury, permanent loss of earnings, pension loss, care requirements and the need for specialist accommodation.

Some of Ben’s particular specialisms are set out under the sub-headings below:

Road Traffic Accidents

Ben has particular experience of cases involving allegations of fraud (low velocity impacts, claims involving phantom passengers, staged and induced accidents), both on a small scale and those involving larger criminal fraud-rings.

Employers’ Liability

Ben regularly advises and represents both injured claimants and defendant companies in cases arising out of accidents at work, across the whole spectrum of Health & Safety at Work legislation.

Public Liability

Ben has lectured on and often advises clients on legal issues surrounding the Highways Act, Defective Premises Act (Read article here),Landlord & Tenant Act and the Occupiers’ Liability Acts.

Travel Litigation

Ben has regular and recent experience of cases based on the Montreal and Athens Conventions and the ‘Package Travel’ Regulations. Recent cases include injuries that occurred in the Cayman Islands and in Italy.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals

Ben has successfully represented appellants in cases before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Tribunal that have received national attention (See here).

Recommendations

  • “He combines great client-care skills with tactical nous” Legal 500, Personal Injury and clinical negligence (2017)

Practice Overview

Ben acts for both claimants and defendants across all aspects of personal injury, including cases involving catastrophic injury. He has represented client’s right up to the Court of Appeal. He now has a particular specialism representing insurers in claims involving allegations of fraud.

As part of Chambers’ clinical negligence team, Ben has experience of a range of disputes, including cases involving complex issues of causation. He has acted for interested parties at inquests into deaths in the context of negligent medical care.

Ben is also a fully qualified mediator, able to assist parties resolve disputes without recourse to expensive and uncertain litigation.

Ben posts regular updates on cases of interest on his twitter feed @handybenhandy . He is happy to provide training and seminars tailored to the needs of clients on request.

In his free time Ben loves anything sports-related. He ran the Liverpool Marathon (slowly) in 2011, Paris Marathon (slowly) in 2015 and 2016 and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2013, raising money for Bristol’s own Above & Beyond in the process.