Ben has a particular expertise in cases involving serious violence and general crime and has developed a very broad practice in all areas of criminal defence.
Notable Crime cases
R v Earle  EWCA Crim 881
Successfully opposed an Attorney General’s Reference for a Suspended Sentence Order imposed for a client involved in an operation that involved smuggling an estimated 500kg of cocaine with a street value of £17.25m into the UK.
Acosta  EWCA Crim 1641
Successfully appealed a sentence for ABH. A sentence of 33-months’ custody was quashed and replaced with one of 27-months’ custody.
Operation Adria, Southwark Crown Court
Led junior in a 10-week trial that resulted in the unanimous acquittal for a client accused of assisting two others charged with murder and attempted murder
Operation Wealcrest, The Central Criminal Court
Currently instructed as a led junior to King’s Counsel in a murder trial, involving youth defendants.
R v JE, Guildford Crown Court
Instructed to represent a client charged with attempted murder following a stabbing at the victim’s address; extensive representations were made resulting in a plea to s.18 GBH being accepted and a 6-year custodial sentence.
Operation Spoonbill, Teesside Crown Court
Secured a Suspended Sentence Order for a client involved in a Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs. The operation involved smuggling of an estimate 500kg of cocaine with a street value of £17.25m into the UK.
Operation Pennard, Ipswich Crown Court
Currently instructed as a led junior in a case involving large-scale supply and distribution of multiple kilograms of cocaine and cannabis. This case involves detailed analysis of ‘EncroChat’ Communications
R v SC, Reading Crown Court
Secured the acquittal of a client charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The defendant was alleged to have fired a rifle upon his neighbours. The Crown’s case relied on CCTV and ballistic forensic evidence which required detailed analysis.
R v IZ, Winchester Crown Court
Secured the acquittal of a client charged with s.18 GBH. The attack involving several people in an alleyway in the early hours of the morning. The case involved the consideration of complex hearsay evidence following numerous witnesses leaving the country.
R v MR, Isleworth Crown Court
Secured Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity verdicts for a client charged with kidnapping a 4-year-old girl and causing serious injuries to a parent. The case involved complex considerations of the client’s initial fitness to plead and detailed evidence from three consultant forensic psychiatrists.
R v DM, Woolwich Crown Court
Secured the acquittal of a man accused of committing a burglary against his severely disabled brother who suffered from learning difficulties.
R v ST, Lincoln Crown Court
Secured an acquittal for a loft insulator accused of stealing £10,000 from two elderly and vulnerable pensioners. The case involved the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses.
R v TD, Woolwich Crown Court
Currently instructed to represent a client charged with two counts of rape alongside several co-Defendants.
R v JE, Oxford Crown Court
Represented a client charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The trial involved detailed and lengthy cross-examination of neurological experts.
R v SO, Inner London Crown Court
Following extensive written representations, the Crown were persuaded to Offer No Evidence on the day of trial for a client charged with two offences under the Data Protection Act 2018.
R v KT, Winchester Crown Court
Instructed to represent a client charged with a malicious communications offence. The case was dropped pre-trial following extensive written representations critically undermining the case brought.
R v SW, Guildford Crown Court
Secured a suspended sentence for a client charged with an affray involving the use of a knife and an attack on a vulnerable victim with terminal cancer.
R v TC, St Albans Crown Court
Instructed to represent a client charged with multiple counts of controlling and coercive behaviour over several years.
R v LA, Harrow Crown Court
Successfully secured a Suspended Sentence Order for a client who had handled stolen goods of a very high monetary and sentimental value.
R v SK, Luton Crown Court
Represented a paranoid schizophrenic facing a three-count ABH indictment.
R v JW, Preston Crown Court
Represented a Defendant charged with possession with intent to supply large amounts of Class B drugs having been stopped driving a van from London to Preston.
R v RA, Snaresbrook Crown Court
Successfully secured a Suspended Sentence Order for a client charged with possession with intent to supply a large amount of Class A and B drugs. The case involved challenging s.73 SOCPA 2005 considerations.
R v JO, Highbury Corner Youth Court
Successfully secured the acquittal of a schoolboy charged with GBH following an attack at school. The case involved the cross-examination of numerous vulnerable youth witnesses.