Ben acts for claimants and defendants in complex catastrophic injury cases, including those involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty. He has notable experience of handling cases arising from historic sexual abuse and RTAs. ‘Excellent with clients and provides a high standard of technical advice. He is practical, clear in his views and an excellent communicator with instructing solicitors.’ “
Chambers’ Head of Pupillage, Ben is an experienced personal injury barrister specialising in high value litigation, regularly involving claims of £1m or more. He has extensive experience in dealing with life-changing injuries, poly-trauma, and cases involving complex issues of causation or quantum, in which he undertakes all aspects of advisory, drafting, procedural and costs work.
Particular specialisms include serious road traffic accidents involving vulnerable road users such as children, pedestrians or cyclists, construction site and agricultural accidents involving heavy machinery, psychiatric harm arising from historic sex abuse, and serious workplace stress. He is also regularly instructed to deal with serious or sensitive allegations of fraud or fundamental dishonesty.
A qualified mediator, Ben is well regarded both as a trial advocate and as a fair but robust negotiator. He is consistently recommended in the Legal 500 in which it is said that he is a “notable” barrister, “excellent to work with”, “combines great client care skills with tactical nous”, is “very practical and can see the bigger picture in cases”, and is “excellent with clients and extremely personable”.
- Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
- Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Qualifications & awards:
- LLB Law (First Class Hons), University of Manchester (2007), Bar Vocational Course MMU (2008)
- University of Manchester R.G. Lawson prizes in Law, Medicine & Ethics; Constitutional Reform and Mental Health Law (2007)
In his free time Ben loves anything sport-related. He has run marathons in Liverpool, Paris (twice), and London. In 2019 he completed the 53-mile Race to the Tower, and in 2016 he completed Oxfam’s 100km Trailwalker alongside Chambers’ Joss Knight and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Most Summers you will find him in the queue at Wimbledon or getting frustrated with the England football team.