Ben Kelly

Ben Kelly - Barrister at St John's Buildings


Phone: 01244 323 070

Year of call: 2006

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Ben is a specialist Defendant personal injury practitioner. He represents a number of large insurers in claims involving fraud and fundamental dishonesty and has been successful in obtaining numerous findings on behalf of his insurer clients. He is experienced in analysing the large volumes of financial disclosure usually involved in substantial credit hire claims and is frequently successful in defeating or substantially reducing such claims.


  • Personal Injury Bar Association


  • Personal Injury

    Ben appears for and advises Defendants in all aspects of personal injury. He advises in conference and on paper, and drafts documents at all stages of litigation from intimation of claim through to trial and appeal.

    Recent cases at trial include:


    • Late presentation
    • Staged/fictious accidents
    • Phantom passengers
    • Bogus “independent” witnesses
    • Exaggerated claims
    • Induced collisions
    • Low velocity impact
    • Significant credit hire claims

    Employers’ Liability

    • Extent of a school’s duty of care to a teaching assistant to avoid an assault by a child with special educational needs
    • Accidents on constructions sites

    Public Liability

    • Accident befalling young child within a private nursery setting
    • Application of McGeown v Northern Ireland Housing Executive in a tripping claim
    • Guest slipping at a wedding reception
    • Various trips, slips and falls on highways and on private property
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  • Fraud - Civil

    Ben is approved by a number of large insurers in claims involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty. Such instructions usually, but not exclusively, arise in RTA claims.

    He is experienced in drafting robust Defences, Counter Schedules and Parts 18 and 35 questions in such claims. He frequently advises in conference in order to proof insured drivers with a view to determining the strength of their evidence at trial.

    Examples of recent cases:

    S v F – Preston County Court, 2020

    Claim discontinued following cross-examination of Claimant with substantial claims history.

    M & B v A – Preston County Court, 2020

    Late presentation of injury claims by 2 Claimants. Both claims dismissed after trial.

    S v K – Manchester County Court, 2019

    Claimant taxi driver with claim for hire, recovery and storage in excess of £40,000 found to have been dishonest.

    N v W – Birkenhead County Court, 2019

    Instructions received for disposal hearing, advice provided to apply to set aside and withdraw admission of liability. Following the successful application, Ben drafted the Defence raising LVI and fundamental dishonesty. The claim was subsequently discontinued.

    A v G & A – Sheffield County Court, 2019

    Claimant taxi driver with credit hire claim of £20,000 found to have been fundamentally dishonest.

    W v B – CCMCC (not yet transferred to C’s home Court), 2019

    Tripping claim discontinued upon receipt of Defence raising fundamental dishonesty.

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