Details of practice

Ben Brandon specialises in extradition, fraud and professional misconduct.

Ben has acted for individual defendants and foreign Governments in pre and post 2003 Extradition Act proceedings and is ranked as one of the leading juniors in this area of practice by professional directories.  A number of cases that Ben has appeared in are now regularly cited as leading authorities in extradition texts and High Court appeals.

He has also represented individual and corporate clients for over 20 years in complex commercial fraud and regulatory proceedings, from the Maxwell case through Barings Bank, Jubilee Line Extension to the first of the Torex trials and Kaupthing Bank.  He has a particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional investigations and proceedings in civil and criminal cases, and regularly advises individuals and corporations on judicial cooperation and mutual assistance, setting aside INTERPOL Red Notices, EUROJUST and United States Department of Justice investigations.

Ben has experience in High Court contempt proceedings: he acted for the Lebanese oil and construction group Consolidated Contractors in proceedings before the commercial court for contempt in the notorious Masri litigation.

In a distinct but long standing element to his practice, Ben has acted for numerous police officers of Federated rank in misconduct proceedings and Police Appeals Tribunals across England, as an instructed advocate, and formally as a solicitor and partner at Russell Jones & Walker (now Slater & Gordon LLP). He has also recently acted as legal advisor to a misconduct panel, convened to consider allegations of gross misconduct made against an officer of ACPO rank.

Originally arising from his  police discipline practice, Ben has also appeared in numerous Inquests in death in custody cases, acting for individual officers and police forces.

Directory recommendations

A popular choice for commercial fraud and regulatory work.’  The Legal 500 2015: Business & Regulatory Crime

‘A top junior’.  The Legal 500 2014: Business & Regulatory Crime

“A very smooth operator.”  Chambers UK 2016: Financial Crime

‘He’s a cerebral, intellectual lawyer and it’s a great benefit that he was formerly a solicitor.  He knows how to handle a client.’  Chambers UK 2015: Financial Crime

Praised for the quality of his client care and his strategic guidance. “He is very experienced having been a solicitor before coming to the Bar.  He gets on fabulously well with clients, and is someone who is absolutely tenacious and works really hard.”  “He is a combative opponent that can use his personality very forcefully in litigation.”  Chambers UK 2016: Extradition

‘He is exceptionally bright, thinks of points others wouldn’t, is tenacious in his approach and is excellent with clients.’  Chambers UK 2015: Extradition

A highly esteemed practitioner, who enjoys a thriving extradition practice.”  “He is very dominant in the field, extremely competent and knowledgeable, and has a very pleasant manner in court.” Chambers UK 2014: Extradition

“He is noted for handling fraud cases with an international dimension, particularly where extradition is sought. Instructing solicitors appreciate his ability to communicate with the lay client.”  “A highly versatile and client-focused junior.”  Chambers UK 2014: Fraud

A dynamic junior who is well equipped to deal with extradition and professional discipline issues. “He is very hard working, sensible and very impressive.”  Chambers UK 2016: Professional Discipline

 

Education/professional qualifications

Called to the Bar 1991; admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales 1996

LL.M (Distinction) Public International Law – University of London (KCL)

BA (Hons) History – University of Warwick

Other information

Past Co-Chair of Business Crime Committee, International Bar Association

Part time lecturer, London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM programme, teaching international criminal law, 2004 – 2007