Ben is a Personal injury and Chancery civil practitioner with experience in many aspects of civil litigation at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal. He is also an accredited CEDR trained Mediator in civil disputes.
Within his Personal injury practice he acts for both Claimants and Defendants, regularly being instructed by Local Authorities. He has significant experience in Occupiers, Highways, Road Traffic, Animals, Product Liability, Housing Disrepair, Assault and Employer’s Liability claims, including industrial disease and deafness matters. Ben provides practical Opinions and advice with a sensitive and astute tactical commercial eye. Ben handles fast and multi track cases including complex traumatic brain injury and fatal accident litigation.
Ben’s Chancery practice includes Wills and Probate litigation, Land disputes, Trusts (including an emphasis on TOLATA), and contractual and Sale of Goods matters. Ben has significant experience in licensing, particularly Hackney Carriage and Private Hire related matters where he has appeared at all levels, from Committee decisions to the Court of Appeal.
His manner with clients as well as what has been described as his “tenacious advocacy”, have fuelled the speed with which Ben’s civil practice has developed to one beyond that ordinarily associated with a barrister of his call.
Ben is experienced in conducting mediations both as lead mediator and on behalf of parties. Praised for his fresh approach and tactical awareness he endeavours to explore all potentially successful avenues to settlement.
A Grade II Crown prosecutor, the focus of Ben’s involvement in criminal matters is on Regulatory crime, and fraud. Ben appears on behalf of a range of prosecuting authorities as well as Defendants and is an experienced jury advocate. His manner and level of preparation has been commended, especially when it comes to challenging expert evidence. Ben is a member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and has experience in handling complicated POCA cases, including a matter involving a benefit figure of £1.6million both in the Crown Court and the Family Division of the High Court in related ancillary relief proceedings on behalf of the intervening prosecuting authority.
Ben continues to accept instruction in Children related family matters, where he has many years experience representing Parents, Guardians, Interveners and Local Authorities, though Ben’s primary practice in family law relates to ancillary relief.
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 has experience in teaching at university level and also regularly delivers seminars both as part of Chambers’ lecture series and also tailored lectures to solicitors firms and organisations. Ben has experience in immigration, working at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office prior to undertaking pupillage.
Ben is the Swansea Junior member of the Wales and Chester Circuit Management Board, the Wales and Chester Circuit representative on the International Business Development Working Group of the Bar Council, and an active member of Iscoed Chambers’ Management Committee.
Ben is a motorcyclist as well as the proud owner of a classic mini. In his spare time he is a keen hiker, most recently having enjoyed trips to the summit of Mount Toubkal, Mount Kilimanjaro and along the Inca trail to Machu Pichu, Peru. He is currently looking forward to summiting 5 mountains and crossing 3 high passes in the Himalayas, stopping off at Everest base camp en route.
PIBA, FRU, Bar Pro-Bono Unit, Swansea Medico-Legal Society, POCLA (Proceeds of Crime), Wales and Chester Circuit