Ben’s main area of practice is Crime. He both prosecutes and defends. He has defended in cases of the utmost seriousness, including murder, rape, sex trafficking, conspiracy, complex frauds and money laundering. Through a strong grasp of the law and the facts of each case, he provides straightforward advice and represents clients robustly and with tenacity.
Ben is a category 4 prosecutor and is on the rape, Proceeds of Crime and fraud panels. He was on the former RCPO panel and continues to receive instructions from the central fraud group. He is regularly instructed as a junior in complex cases, including drugs, money laundering and attempted murder. He has prosecuted trials instructed by the CCU.
Ben frequently appears before the Court of Appeal, including successfully arguing a legal point in the leading authority on sections 119 & 122 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003: see R -v- Hulme  1 Cr.App.R. 26.
Ben has particular expertise in all aspects of the Proceeds of Crime Act and its predecessors:
- High value and complex confiscation hearings
- Hidden assets
- Restraint proceedings (including for third parties)
- Advising and appearing for POCU
- Equitable interests of spouses and partners
- Judicial review
- Certificates of inadequacy in the High Court
- Receivership hearings in the High Court
- Section 22 and 23 applications
- Police Property Act applications
- Detention and forfeiture proceedings
- Costs argument
R v Oliver Wolstenholme: Prosecuted a serial rapist who was jailed for 29 years and nine months after a judge branded him a danger to all females. The case has received media coverage in the Mail, the Sun and the Manchester Evening News.
R v Alun Kyte: Prosecuted a convicted killer who was found guilty of violently sexually abusing a young boy in the years before the killings. The case received nationwide coverage on the BBC and ITV, and in the Independent, the Express and the Sun.
R v Jason Potts: Prosecuted a man who attacked three females in the same evening in Stoke on Trent. Potts was jailed for 10 years and given five years on license. The case was covered in The Daily Star and The Stoke Sentinel.
R v Mark Baddeley: Prosecuted a man who groomed and attacked a 14-year-old girl at knife point. The man was jailed for six years and given five years on license. The case was covered by the Stoke Sentinel.
R V Terence Llewellyn: Prosecuted a man who was accused of sexual offences against four victims over more than two decades. Following a 12-day trial, 81-year-old Terence Llewellyn was found guilty on 36 counts and jailed for 24 years.
R v Gary Jones: Prosecuted a man who received a 17-year sentence after a campaign of sexual abuse against a schoolgirl. The case was covered in the Stoke Sentinel.
R v Doyle: Prosecuted a man who was found guilty of raping and assaulting two young girls. Following a 12-day trial, Doyle was found guilty on seven counts. He was jailed for 24 years with an extra two on licence. The case was covered on the BBC.
R v Yahya Choudry, Abid Hussain, Shahbaz Ali & Mustafa Boztaz: Prosecuted four men who were found guilty of money laundering. Following a six-week trial Manchester Crown Court, the men received jail sentences totalling 26 years.
R v Crook: Prosecuted a man who was found guilty of raping a 15-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 13 years and placed on the sex offenders register for life.
R v Lee Wilding, Kelly Grayson and Dylan Jones: Prosecuted three gang members who attempted armed robberies at a Conservative Club and a Premier Inn hotel.
R v Clifton Jeter: Prosecution junior in double attempt murder by a serving murder lifer against two prison staff. Defence witnesses included some of the most serious offenders in the prison system.
Operation Gilroy: Defending in a complex and paper-heavy money laundering and fraud case. Having avoided a custodial sentence, case involves complex confiscation proceedings.
Operation Kremlin: Defence junior in multi-handed ‘contract’ murder. Acquitted on successful abuse of process argument following revelation of serious disclosure failures.
R v Nadeem Ahmed: Successful spousal rape defence.
R v Lee Paul Dean: Prosecuted a man who was jailed for six years after being found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl. The case was covered on ITV News and in the Stoke Sentinel.