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
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. East London Advertiser
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 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 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 JN, Guildford Crown Court
Instructed to represent a Defendant charged with s.18 GBH following a group attack with a knife in a shop resulting in stab wounds to the face and neck. Incident linked to a gang related revenge attack.
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 TC, Bournemouth Crown Court
Represented a client charged with affray following a large-scale brawl in a chicken shop involving the use of weapons.
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.