GM v SSHD (2015)
Article 3 / 8 appeal on grounds of long residence, private life, severe and enduring mental ill-health
SB v SSHD (2015)
Asylum appeal of Bangladeshi national on religious and political grounds
ME v SSHD (2015)
Syrian asylum appeal involving contested nationality
TS v SSHD (2015)
EEA ‘marriage of convenience’ appeal, successful in FTT
KD v SSHD (2015)
Deportation appeal on article 3 / 8 grounds in case of attempted robbery and possession of imitation firearm
MA v SSHD (2014/15)
EEA appeal on incapacity grounds, successful in FTT, upheld in UT
ALT v SSHD (2014/15)
Asylum appeal of Vietnamese national on grounds of religion and former victim of trafficking, successful in FTT, upheld in UT
JA v SSHD (2014)
EEA / Art 8 appeal on Zambrano grounds, successful in FTT
R (MRA) v SSHD (2015)
3rd country challenge to removal to Bulgaria under Dublin III, in parallel to age assessment challenge.
R (SM) v SSHD (2015)
Removal challenge in context of ‘ETS’ revelations, issues of jurisdiction.
R (IM) v SSHD (2015)
Removal challenge with reference to medical condition / fitness to fly.
R (OBB) v FTT & SSHD (2015)
Fresh claim and jurisdiction challenge.
R (JA) v SSHD (2014)
Challenge to SSHD’s refusal to provide s4 address to EEA national in immigration detention pending deportation appeal, and unlawful detention challenge.
During pupillage under the supervision of David Chirico, Ben had particular exposure to asylum and deportation appeals at all levels, and public law challenges to third-country removals. He assisted on a number of reported cases, including EM (Eritrea) and ors v SSHD  UKSC 11; and R (Habte and RH) v SSHD  EWHC 3295 (Admin).
Ben is committed to providing representation for those who cannot afford it, or cannot access legal aid. He regularly acts pro bono for Bail for Immigration Detainees, in both bail applications and deportation appeals.
Crime and related
R v TG (Kingston Crown Court, 2015)
Prosecution for breach of an injunction involving serious mental ill-health and fitness to plead.
R v RJ (Wood Green Crown Court, 2015)
MPS v PB (Westminster Magistrates Court, 2015)
Forfeiture proceedings following acquittal in the Crown Court on criminal property charge.
R v CT (Winchester Crown Court, 2015)
High-value confiscation proceedings.
R v DH (Guildford Crown Court, 2015)
3-day appeal against conviction in legally and evidentially complex case of harassment and resist PC.
R v HA (Wood Green Crown Court, 2015)
Sentence for witness intimidation, avoided immediate custody.
MPS v DW (Croydon Crown Court, 2015)
Appeal in the Crown Court against non-conviction Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO). Partially allowed.
R v TD (Inner London Crown Court, 2015)
Appeal against sentence for domestic burglary, immediate custody suspended on appeal.
R v VC (Camberwell Green Magistrates Court, 2015)
G plea and sentence for aiding and abetting commercial burglary in breach of trust – conditional discharge
R v LH (Harrow Crown Court, 2015)
Trial for racially aggravated Public Order Act offences. Partial acquittal.
R v RM (Chelmsford Magistrates Court, 2014)
Acquittal at trial on theft by shoplifting, in face of CCTV and ‘recognition’ evidence – successfully excluding ‘recognition’ evidence with reference to AG’s ref 2 of 2002.
R v IZ (Isleworth Crown Court, 2014)
Foreign national client brought in on a 6-year-old bench warrant, for offence of possession of false ID documents with intent – SSO and immediate release
R v PC (Camberwell Green Magistrates Court, 2014)
Application for post-conviction ASBO, application refused
R v WG (Camberwell Green Magistrates Court, 2014)
Sentence, possession of a dangerous dog – destruction of dog avoided
R v LE (Stratford Magistrates Court, 2014)
Acquittal on section 9(1)(a) burglary where case reliant on DNA evidence – making use of R v Ogden with reference to Lashley, Doheny, Grant and Adams.
Ben is available for instruction in the full range of criminal ancillary proceedings, and quasi-criminal matters – he has previously defended against the Health & Safety Executive and advised on appeals in local authority licencing matters.
Before coming to the bar, Ben assisted leading solicitors in a top civil liberties firm, involved in the preparation and conduct of:
– Civil actions for damages against the police and prison service for false imprisonment, assault, negligence, misfeasance and under the HRA 1998.
– Judicial review of decisions of the police and prison service.
– Inquests arising out of deaths in prison or police custody.
While studying Ben provided pro bono bail representation for immigration detainees, and volunteered with the National Centre for Domestic Violence.
Before coming to legal practice, Ben worked in the NGO sector for several years. He led a programme of work that sought to enforce and develop the legal obligations on UK-based mining companies to account for their impacts on people overseas and the environment, alongside campaign work publicising those impacts.