Ben is a second six pupil at No5 Barristers' Chambers, undertaking his pupillage in the public law group under the supervision of Philip Rule. Throughout pupillage, he has received specific training in education law, prison law, Court of Protection proceedings and coronial inquests.
Ben read law at Pembroke College, Cambridge and graduated with a first class degree in 2015.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Ben volunteered for an educational charity and represented students who had been permanently excluded from their schools before Governing Body appeal panels and Independent Review Panels.
In May 2016 Ben appeared before an Independent Review Panel (IRP) and succeeded in arguing that the student concerned had been unlawfully excluded from a secondary school, primarily because the head teacher and governors had failed to take into account relevant statutory guidance and behaved irrationally. The IRP quashed the permanent exclusion on that occasion.
Ben is keen to develop a broad practice in education law, especially in the context of cases involving school admissions and Special Educational Needs provision.
Court of Protection
Throughout his pupillage Ben has experienced a wide-range of Court of Protection work under the supervision of Ian Brownhill. He is keen to develop a broad Court of Protection practice.
Ben is familiar with the process of representing prisoners before parole boards and advising on the merits of challenging parole board decisions by way of judicial review.
Ben also provides representation for prisoners at hearings before Independent Adjudicators.
Ben has experience appearing on behalf of Interested Parties at Coronial Inquests. He is sensitive to the strain that these proceedings can place on both the family of the deceased and other witnesses throughout the proceedings.
Before commencing pupillage, Ben was employed as a Data Protection Officer at another barristers’ Chambers in London. He oversaw the implementation of measures to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and undertook private consultancy work to assist other firms and charities to comply with the new Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. This included drafting suitable privacy notices, data processor addendums, joint controller arrangements and dealing with the transfer of personal data to third-countries outside of the EEA.
Ben has in the past successfully coordinated the response to a number of serious personal data breaches (where the ICO ultimately concluded that no further enforcement action was necessary).
He is familiar with advising others as to the correct approach to take when fielding requests by data subjects to enforce their rights under the GDPR and the 2018 Act.
Ben has a niche expertise and interest in the law governing the Church of England. He is a co-author of the leading textbook in this area, now in its fourth edition (principally authored by Mark Hill QC).
He has a particular interest in dealing with issues surrounding chancel repair liability, pastoral reorganisation, the faculty jurisdiction of Consistory Courts and matters arising under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003.
Ben is also familiar with the unique work and role of Parochial Church Councils, and is well-placed to advise them on the impact of both the ecclesiastical and secular legislation regulating their powers and duties.
BPTC Scholarship: The William Shakespeare Memorial Award, Gray’s Inn
BPTC Scholarship, BBP University
Foundation Scholarship, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Winner of the Brick Court Team Moot, University of Cambridge (2015)
Finalist in the Quadrant Chambers Fledglings Moot Competition, University of Cambridge (2015)
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Ecclesiastical Law Society
M.A. (Cantab.) Law
Ecclesiastical Law (OUP, 4th ed.)
"Ecclesiastical Law", by Mark Hill QC, has established itself as the leading authority on the laws of the Church of England. In this fourth edition, Ben co-authored two Chapters: chapter 3 ("The Parish") and chapter 6 ("Clergy Discipline"). Other co-authors for this volume include Professor Norman Doe and Matthew Chinery).
The Jackson Reforms and the future of access to justice: an examination (LexisNexis Future of Law Blog)
13 June 2018
An article examining the current climate of access to justice in light of the Jackson reforms, and analyses what the future holds when it comes to extending the rule of law.