Ben is instructed by local authorities and parents in appeals concerning Education Health Care Plans and discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010.
Before coming to the Bar, 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 (IRPs). He has appeared on a number of occasions before IRPs and has successfully persuaded the panel to quash the decision to permanently exclude students from school. He continues to accept instructions in this area, from both parents and schools.
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.
H v A local authority
Ben represented a local authority in complex proceedings where the FTT ordered—on the back of an agreement Ben negotiated—the trialling of a bespoke package of education in a location otherwise than in a school setting.
E v A local authority
Ben acted on behalf of a student in a discrimination claim under the Equality Act 2010. He advised on the costs jurisdiction available to the FTT in SEND claims.
K v A local authority
Ben acted on behalf of a student in an appeal against sections B, F and I of the EHC Plan issued by the local authority. The local authority sought an adjournment so that they could obtain a further SALT assessment out of time. Ben was successful in (i) resisting this application and (ii) ensuring that the SALT evidence preferred by his client was inserted in to the student’s EHC Plan.
R v A local authority
Ben acted on behalf of a local authority and defended the decision not to issue an EHC Plan.
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.