Ben specialises in all aspects of personal injury law with a particular emphasis on serious injury. He has built a varied and successful multi track practice and is regularly instructed in medium to high value claims worth in excess of £500,000 often involving complex and nuanced legal and procedural issues.
Ben has significant experience as a trial lawyer and is robust and determined in Court. He is also requested for his skills as an adept negotiator and is utilised for Joint Settlement Meetings (’JSMs’) particularly those requiring meticulous attention to detail. His relaxed and reassuring manner allow Ben to quickly establish a good rapport with his clients who are reassured as to his ability to represent them from the outset.
PERSONAL INJURY LARGE LOSS
Ben has in excess of 15 years of experience in serious and catastrophic injury litigation.
Ben acts for both Claimants and Defendants and his experience includes cases involving:
· Serious traumatic brain injury
· Acoustic shock
· Military claims (particularly non-freezing cold injury)
· Polytrauma claims
· Serious spinal injury claims
· Fatal accidents
· Chronic pain, CRPS, fibromyalgia and somatoform disorder
His current case load includes:
Acting on behalf of the Defendant in a claim brought by a young Claimant for damages arising from the onset of CFS/Fibromyalgia following a fracture to an upper limb sustained during a trampolining exercise. This claim involves significant causational issues including the consideration of the link between trauma and CFS/Fibromyalgia.
Acting on behalf of a Claimant in a road traffic collision in which the Claimant suffered serious polytrauma resulting in cognitive dysfunction, mobility issues, chronic pain and serious psychological injury.
Acting for the Claimant in a secondary victim claim for psychological injury after they witnessed the tragic and untimely death of their young son following a road traffic incident.
Ben has considerable expertise in defending civil fraud claims, having been at the forefront of this area for over a decade. He is a formidable advocate, whose forensic analysis of a case ensures that his clients are placed in the best position to defend these such claims. His expertise particularly encompasses the spheres of Employer’s Liability and Public Liability fraud.
Ben works nationwide with the major defence solicitors’ firms and has become well known for adopting a determined approach to actual or suspected fraudulent claims. Ben is often instructed at an early stage to proof witnesses, settle defences and provide full liability and quantum advise.
He adopts a symbiotic relationship with his solicitors to ensure that strategy and tactics are shared to ensure that the case is considered as a whole and the right steps are taken to achieve the most advantageous result. Ben actively welcomes speaking to his instructing solicitors directly about any case he may be working on for them but importantly on other cases where an issue arises that needs a 'second set of eyes'.
Ben appreciates the technical aspects of fraud cases and the pressures experienced by both his instructing solicitors and insurer clients, especially in the current economic climate and with the significant changes occurring in relation to funding and other procedural rule amendments. He is Counsel who knows these matters inside and out.
Ben has the advantage of bringing over a decade of experience of litigating insurance fraud cases to this area. He is keenly aware of the importance and impact that fraudulent gastroenteritis claims in particular are having on the industry and is experienced in advising on and litigating these claims.
COURT OF PROTECTION
Ben has acquired a significant understanding in this jurisdiction and is keen to develop his skills and knowledge further. Ben acts on behalf of vulnerable individuals, their families and those who care for them including Local Authorities, private individuals, medical professionals and NHS trusts.
As part of his core practice in personal injury, Ben is particularly suited to assist in cases in which the Court of Protection is, or may become, involved in the management of financial settlements for those individuals who are unable to deal with such matters themselves.
Ben has a particular interest in disputes regarding the social welfare of incapacitated adults and children and medical treatment issues and urgent applications for life saving medical treatment.
His work includes:
· Personal welfare applications
· Serious medical treatment applications
· Section 21A applications challenging authorisations of deprivation of liberty in a care home or hospital under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards [DoLS]
· Emergency applications
MA (Hons), King's College, Cambridge University
Postgraduate Diploma in Law – Inns of Court School of Law.
Ben is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Ben can be found here.
Ben's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Ben to undertake Court work for a fixed fee or a brief fee plus additional refresher days. For any advisory work including paperwork and conferences it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate although fixed fees are available. Conditional Fee Agreements and Damages Based Agreements will be considered in cases with favourable prospects of success. Ben will typically return paperwork within 14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.
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