Ben joined Chambers in October 2019 after the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Philip Rule and Ian Brownhill.
Ben is a specialist public law barrister and is developing a broad practice across the areas of:
• Court of Protection, mental capacity and community care law
• Education law
• Inquests and coronial law
• Planning law
• Prison law and actions against the police
He acts and advises in judicial review proceedings, both for and against public bodies, especially in the context of community care, prison and education law. Please see his specific CVs for further information about these areas.
Ben also specialises in data privacy, information rights and ecclesiastical law.
General Data Protection Regulation and Information Rights
Before coming to the Bar, Ben was employed as a Data Protection Officer at 7 Bedford Row—another leading barristers’ Chambers in London. He oversaw the implementation of measures designed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and undertook private consultancy work to assist other firms, chambers and charities to comply with the new Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.
This included drafting suitable privacy notices, Art. 28 data processor agreements, and joint controller arrangements. He also devised frameworks for transferring 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 against his client.
Ben 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.
He is able to provide training to companies, institutions and public authorities in all these areas.
Ben has recently advised an NHS Trust which is defending a civil claim brought under the Data Protection Act 2018, where damages have been sought as a result of alleged personal data breaches.
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. He is also well-placed to advise secular bodies who find themselves needing to grapple unexpectedly with the jurisdiction of Consistory Courts in the context of planning applications and appeals.
Before coming to the Bar
Ben read law at Pembroke College, Cambridge and graduated with a first-class degree in 2015.
Ben is a Gray’s Inn Scholar, and past winner of the Brick Court Team moot competition, as well as a finalist in the Quadrant Chambers’ mooting competition.
He worked for two years as a Paralegal at another leading barristers’ Chambers. During his time as a Paralegal, Ben assisted with legal research and drafting in the fields of administrative, criminal, employment, trusts, property, civil procedure and human rights law. He continues to draw on this wide experience when acting in his current practice areas.
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.