Ranked as a Leading Junior, Ben is described as “a star of the future” in Chambers UK 2017 (Financial Crime) and a “smooth and able advocate, who has a nice touch with clients” The Legal 500 2016 (Business and Regulatory Crime)
“The go-to counsel for defending criminal data protection cases” The Legal 500 2017 (Business and Regulatory Crime)
Details of practice
Ben was called to the Bar in 1994 and following a civil pupillage, he joined QEB Hollis Whiteman where he was in independent practice for eight years. He then joined leading white collar solicitors firm Peters & Peters in March 2003 and transferred to become a solicitor in November 2004; he was appointed as a partner in November 2007. In May 2009 Ben resumed independent practice at the Bar and joined Three Raymond Buildings.
Ben has a practice in business crime, professional discipline, public inquiries and regulatory matters, with specialist experience in compliance issues, including:
Corruption & bribery
Ben has acted for national and multi-national corporates and individuals in anti-bribery investigations and enforcement proceedings. He also gives advice on compliance policy and implementation in order to comply with UK, USA and supra-national (OECD & UN) obligations.
Advice and representation in a wide range of fraud and anti-trust/cartel investigations and prosecutions brought by a range of bodies including the SFO, OFT/DOJ & SEC/EU, SOCA, the DBIS, CPS and HMRC. Also experienced in cross-jurisdictional investigations and mutual assistance requests made by, and of, the UK.
Advice to corporate and individual clients subject to FSA/FCA enforcement activity and in relation to non-contentious FSMA issues including advice on RTC and RDC decisions. Ben has provided advice and worked with the FCA in relation to proceedings before the RDC arising from its investigation of allegations of LIBOR manipulation.
Advice and representation of individuals involved in disciplinary proceedings before their professional regulator, with extensive experience of police conduct matters.
Public inquiries & inquests
Acting for a range of core participants and witnesses before public inquiries, and for interested parties in Article 2 and non-Article 2 inquests.
Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act
Ben provides advice on the drafting of policy, on going implementation and training to businesses concerned to comply with their Data Protection Act 1998 obligations. He has also acted for individuals and corporates in Information Commissioner’s Office investigations including matters involving high profile losses of data by public bodies and where data protection issues arise in the context of criminal or regulatory investigations and proceedings. He regularly acts for the ICO and acted on its behalf in the first prosecution for conspiracy to commit offences under the DPA (2013). Ben has also advised government departments and public bodies on Freedom of Information Act 2000 matters.
“His background of having been a partner in a major white-collar practice means that he understands the problems that a solicitor faces and has a much better client manner than many of his peers. It is not just that he is good in conference, he really thinks strategically about the case from day one and maximises the client’s position at an early stage.” Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime
“A highly competent and well-organised barrister with laudable experience of advising on bribery, fraud and regulatory issues”. Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime: Corporates
“He has an unsurpassed ability to digest data and interpret technical issues” The Legal 500 2017: Fraud
“He is exceptionally solicitor- and lay client-friendly” The Legal 500 2017: Police Law
“No page in a brief goes unread and every single avenue in the case is pursued and analysed.” Chambers UK 2017: Financial Crime
“Good on the detail, and tenacious.” The Legal 500 2016: Fraud
“A realistic and empathetic advocate.” Chambers UK 2016: Financial Crime
‘He has the ability to inspire the rest of the defence team.’ The Legal 500 2015: Business and Regulatory Crime
“He is a very clever advocate and a good tactician” Chambers UK 2015
“Phenomenal” The Legal 500 2014: Business & Regulatory Crime
University of Sussex: LLB (Hons) (1990-1993)
Inns of Court School of Law (1993-1994)
Recent publications and lectures
- Data Protection training tailored to suit, and delivered to, city law firms
- ‘The Bribery Act 2010: An introduction to compliance’ for PDP Training
- Data Protection Enforcement Seminar (with Bird & Bird)
- At Last the UK Confronts Bribery Business Law International
- Chairing ‘Information Security’ seminar Fraud Advisory Panel
- The Regulatory Enforcement & Sanctions Act 2008 – is less the new more? Bloomberg European Law Journal
- Bribery & Corruption Study Pack College of Law
- Protect yourself; protect others on the Data Protection Act Managing for Success (Law Society Law, Management Section)
- Chairman of the Fraud Advisory Panel’s Data Protection Sub-Committee
- Member of the IBA, CBA and the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
- Member of the South Eastern Circuit Committee
Ben accepts work on a direct access basis from both professional clients/intermediaries and from lay persons (when appropriate). Given the five years he spent at Peters & Peters and his admittance in 2004 to the Law Society to practise as a solicitor, Ben has extensive experience of dealing directly with the needs of clients. Ben aims to provide a responsive, flexible and user friendly service. For further information, please contact the Clerks.