Benjamin Brown

Call 2013

“An excellent and truly talented lawyer that fought for me throughout my trial and helped me every step of the way. I have no doubt that it was due to his hard work that I got the right result” Client acquitted of attempted armed robbery.

“He was brilliant…simply brilliant! He fought tirelessly for me and helped me through the worst time in my life.” Client acquitted after burglary trial

“In securing the acquittal of my son, Mr Brown was an articulate, caring, charming, charismatic orator and a down to earth soul and a true champion for truth, rights and justice.” Defendant’s Mother following her son’s acquittal.

Expertise

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

Currently instructed to represent a client charged with attempted murder whilst suffering from a schizophrenic episode following electrocution.

R v LH, Kingston Crown Court

Currently instructed to represent a client charged with multiple counts of damaging property with intent to endanger life following a large scale disturbance.

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. 

Ben has a broad range of experience in dealing with complex fraud cases. He was seconded to the Serious Fraud Office and assisted in several large-scale prosecutions regarding bribery and corruption across several jurisdictions.

Ben has extensive experience regarding disclosure, LPP, investigatory powers and cross-border prosecutions involving complex areas of international law.

Notable Business Crime & Fraud cases


Operation Electron, Wood Green Crown Court

Led junior representing a company director in relation to a multi-million pound VAT and Excise duty fraud. Prosecution brought by HMRC and Trading Standards relating to the supply of biodiesel in a trial lasting 6 months.  

R v G, Southwark Crown Court

Instructed as disclosure counsel on large scale prosecution concerning a conspiracy to make corrupt payments to a South Korean public official. The case involved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with an international company accepting charges of conspiracy to make corrupt payments and a failure to prevent bribery by employees.    

R v WS, Reading Crown Court

Secured an acquittal for a Defendant charged with a high value fraud, where thousands of pounds worth of rare and unique jewellery was said to have been stolen and then sold on. 

R v RR, Inner London Crown Court

Secured an acquittal for a Defendant charged with using thousands of pounds of counterfeit currency across numerous London establishments.

R v EA, Inner London Crown Court

Represented a Defendant at trial accused of money laundering following a large dating website scam. The case involved converting criminal property to Nigeria.

R v SI, City of London Magistrates Court

Represented a Company at an application for Further Cash Detention and was successful in greatly reducing the detention period.

R v AW, St Albans Magistrates Court

Secured a Suspended Sentence Order for a female client who had committed both Council Tax Benefit and Income Support fraud over a number of years. 

Ben has been involved in a number of complex contested POCA hearings and has developed a strong skill set in analysing, processing and utilising novel points of law to challenge and reduce alleged benefit figures.

Notable Asset Forfeiture & Civil Recovery cases


R v PR, Croydon Crown Court

Successfully secured an extension of time for payment following a technical s.11 POCA 2002 application.

R v JN, Guildford Crown Court

Instructed in a contested POCA hearing following the Defendant’s conviction for multiple high value domestic burglaries in excess of £1 million.

R v RS, Cambridge Crown Court

Instructed in a contested POCA hearing, managing to successfully reduce the available benefit figure from in excess of £70,000.  

The Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis v BH (Westminster MC)

Represented the respondent in a contested cash forfeiture amounting to in excess of £230,000.

Ben regularly accepts instructions to appear in the County Court to advise, apply for and contest applications relating to Anti-Social Behaviour Civil Injunctions and has experience in both applying for and defending in any subsequent contempt hearings for breach of orders made.

Notable Public Law cases


Thames Valley Police v BR, Oxford County Court

Represented the Claimant in a successful contempt application for breach of an interim Anti-Social Behaviour Civil Injunction made without notice. 

Thames Valley Police v BR, Oxford County Court

Successful in applying for an interim Anti-Social Behaviour Civil Injunction order made without notice to be made final with the added inclusions of exclusion prohibitions.

Thames Valley Police v SS, Slough County Court

Successfully opposed an application to vary a condition of an interim Anti-Social Behaviour Civil Injunction. 

London Borough of Ealing v JR, Brentford County Court

Successfully represented a Defendant in response to a contempt application for breaching a prohibition of an Anti-Social Behaviour Civil Injunction.

  • Bernard Sunley Prize, Awarded by the Inner Temple (2016)
  • Inner Temple Advocacy Prize, Finalist (2016)
  • Oxford University Press Mooting Competition, Semi Finalist (2011)
  • Durham University Mooting Cup Champion (2010)
  • Bar National Mock Trial Competition, National Champion (2009)

  • Ben is a member of the Inner Temple and has sat on the Qualifying Sessions Sub-Committee.
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA)
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)
  • Thought Leaders 4 FIRE
  • Member of Sport Resolutions’ Legal Advice Panel

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