Ben’s practice is primarily civil and family based, though he deals with crime (mostly regulatory matters) and POCA as a Grade 2 Crown Prosecutor.
Within his civil practice Ben regularly advises and appears in cases involving personal injury, contractual disputes, commercial and banking disputes, land disputes (including rights of way and the like), trusts, and licensing (with particular emphasis on hackney carriage and private hire). Ben also deals with landlord and tenant matters (commercial and residential), probate and insolvency. Ben is predominantly concerned in fast and multi-track matters, though has experience of the Court of Appeal. Ben accepts instructions on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants and in particular within his personal injury practice his practical Opinions, as well as what has been described as “tenacious advocacy”, have fuelled the speed with which his practice has developed to one beyond that ordinarily associated with a barrister of his call.
Ben’s rapidly growing family practice involves public and private childcare as well as ancillary relief. Ben regularly represents parents as well as Children through their Guardians, wider family members and interveners in childcare disputes. Ben has a personal, yet firm approach. Ben accepts instructions to appear in the Family Proceedings and County Courts.
Ben is a Grade II Crown Prosecutor but appears on behalf of a range of prosecuting authorities including a number of County Councils and the Environment Agency. He also accepts instructions to Defend in a variety of criminal matters. He has undertaken a number of jury trials and has been commended on his manner and preparation when it comes to challenging expert evidence. Ben deals with Proceeds of Crime applications in confiscation and forfeiture, again representing a number of different authorities or Defendants.
Prior to coming to Chambers Ben studied Law at University of Wales, Aberystwyth and was awarded three Calcott-Pryce prizes for outstanding achievement as well as the Jayne Morgan prize for achieving excellence in a socio-legal field. He went on to study the Bar Vocational Course at Cardiff before undertaking a period of teaching Public Law at undergraduate level at the Law School.
Ben then worked at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office, presenting Immigration and Asylum appeals before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, as it then was, before coming to Chambers and undergoing a pupillage which concentrated on Civil and Family work. During his time at Chambers Ben has not only continued and developed his practice in relation to Immigration and Asylum work, but has also taught the subjects to students on the Legal Practice Course at the University of Wales, Swansea.
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