Ben is an equalities barrister with over a decade of expertise in public law. Parallel to his busy practice in the Administrative Court, Ben acts in complex and strategic employment and education disputes.

Ben’s cases typically involve commercial or policy decisions that affect individual rights. Ben is a well-regarded public law junior who has been instrumental in several landmark cases in recent years.

Ben is regularly instructed in challenges to the lawfulness of government policies concerning diverse subject matter, from disability rights, race discrimination, special educational needs, trafficking and migrant welfare.

Unled, Ben has represented clients at the Court of Appeal level. He has secured the suspension of two central government policies within the space of a year, following multiple rounds of litigation.

Ben has acted for NGOs in pro bono interventions on the fundamental right to human dignity and the compatibility of primary legislation with human rights duties.

Key cases & testimonials

Smith v SSHD (2024) – acting for a proposed intervenor in a constitutional challenge to the compatibility of the new criminal offence in section 60C of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 with the ECHR. Led by Tim Buley KC.

MN, ZR & others v (1) SSHD (2) SSD (3) SSFCDA (4) The Prime Minister (2023) – representing lead claimants in a challenge to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy. Proceedings led to a large-scale urgent evacuation of Afghan citizens from Pakistan to the UK. Case widely reported in the Independent and BBC News. Led by Tom de la Mare KC.

PA & NA (by her litigation friend and mother PA) v SSHD [2023] EWHC 2476 (Admin) – SoS’s ‘no recourse to public funds’ (‘NRPF’) policy declared unlawful for misdirecting caseworkers on the exercise of their statutory discretion. SoS produced a new policy in response. Led by Alex Goodman KC.

R (HA & Ors) v SSHD [2023] EWHC 1876 (Admin) – correct interpretation of regulation 10A of the Asylum Support Regulations 2000 payments to pregnant women and children under 3, while accommodated in contractor-run hotels. Systemic delays and breaches of the statutory duty to provide asylum support quickly. Led by Zoe Leventhal KC.

Home Office v ASY & Ors [2023] EWHC 196 (KB) – scope and content of the ECHR Article 3 duty to avoid the inhuman and degrading treatment by reason of destitution. On appeal to the Court of Appeal. Led by Alex Goodman KC.

He is thorough and dedicated. Ben is knowledgeable on immigration and asylum issues. Chambers UK 2024
Ben is well respected, responsive and efficient, providing a high quality of drafting and advocacy. Chambers UK 2024
He provides superb work that never needs amending and has good judgement.Chambers UK 2023
He is an extremely clever barrister, who provides excellent drafting and is also great with clients." "He is collaborative, responds quickly and is very dedicated. Chambers UK 2022
I will never understand how on earth Ben absorbed so much detail… In cross-examination of the other side’s witnesses, Ben very artfully led those witnesses to make admissions that they had avoided. He blew their case wide open, making them admit that they should have taken steps to retain data, that they should not have deleted electronic data. These were witnesses at the top of the organisational chart.Farzana Saiyed, Employment law client 2020

Areas of expertise

Ben is an experienced employment lawyer who advises and assists employers and employees on grievances, disciplinary matters, dismissals, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, business transfers, wages and holiday disputes, union matters and modern slavery.

He has conducted complex trials in person and remotely via video-link, including several 10-day discrimination cases in 2021 alone, involving thousands of pages of evidence and multiple witnesses.

Ben’s experience includes settlement negotiations, drafting (employment contracts, internal policies and pleadings) and representation in Tribunals, civil courts and before regulatory panels. He primarily focuses on the corporate, legal and public sectors but also accepts instructions from other fields or industries.

He provides practical and strategic advice, negotiation skills and effective representation at preliminary hearings, multi-day trials and appeals.

Owing to the breadth of Ben’s practice, clients often request him when atypical points arise, such as wasted costs, breaches of disclosure duties, data protection or immigration issues.

Unusually, he has cross-examined numerous solicitors (including Partners at magic circle law firms) in his employment trials, as well as questioning executive witnesses over sexual harassment allegations.

Ben has given training to employment practitioners and has written an acclaimed guidebook for the Law Centres Network on employment rights (described by a Head of Employment as “incredibly useful and thorough”), plus many articles and blogs.

Businesses, solicitors and in-house counsel frequently instruct Ben in complex multi-party commercial disputes, benefitting from his well-rounded expertise.

Ben is currently representing clients in the London Circuit Commercial Court in a dispute over the export of luxury goods. His cases frequently have a global dimension, raising matters of jurisdiction and international law.

Ben assists with the protection intellectual property and digital assets, matters at the core of the modern economy. He is familiar with obtaining orders for delivery up and digital data imaging. He is able to advise and protect his client’s interests on issues of privacy rights. He closely monitors legal developments on database rights, online contracts / licence agreements, website indexing and the legal risks for search engines and meta-search engines.

He has advised an international software company on the enforcement of non-solicitation / non- competition clauses and non-disclosure agreements. He has supported clients through lengthy commercial proceedings, including the aftermath of a High Court Search and Seizure Order (or ‘dawn raid’) in a breach of confidence claim involving the ex-employee of a multinational company.

Ben provides valuable assistance to start-ups, investors and established businesses in the technology sector. He is frequently brought in at an early stage in business planning to help embed solid contractual foundations and to achieve effective ownership structures.

Ben has experience in resolving disputes relating to contractors, partnerships, debt recovery, insolvency, winding-up petitions, minority shareholders, letters of credit and the duties of company directors. Commercial clients also value Ben’s experience in attracting global talent to the UK and dealing with employment and regulatory issues.

Ben has extensive experience in resolving education law disputes that span early years to higher education settings. He provides advice and representation on admissions, exclusions, SEN, discrimination, judicial reviews, transport, school complaints and OIA matters, as well as teachers’ regulation and civil claims. Ben’s clients include local authorities, families, university students, and national teachers’ unions.

Since 2014, Ben has appeared regularly in SENDIST appeals (including multi-day extended appeals and onward appeals to the Upper Tribunal). He has acted in complex appeals with Exceptional Case Funding. Ben is adept at expert witness handling and is able to support teams of professional witnesses with ease. Ben is a well-established SEN practitioner who focuses on finding the right solutions for the children and young people. His accessible and collegiate approach to SEN hearings has been praised by principal educational psychologists and instructing solicitors alike. He provides seamless additional support where matters escalate into judicial reviews, complaints or human rights damages claims.

Ben is also a prolific trainer who enjoys engaging individuals, educators and local authority professionals in understanding and applying the framework of law, policy and judicial learning in the education sector. He recently published a 45-page manual providing an introduction to SEN and education law.

Ben is frequently instructed in urgent, high-profile and complex public law matters for individuals, NGOs (such as The Unity Project and LIBERTY) and local authorities. He has acted in high-profile, cutting-edge litigation. Several of his recent cases have been reported in the national media.

Ben has a track-record of successfully deploying equality law points in judicial review proceedings. Working closely with committed teams of solicitors and other colleagues, he has helped achieve life-changing outcomes for some of his clients, often obtaining urgent court orders for interim relief and substantial settlements or awards of compensation.

Ben enjoys a good reputation before the Administrative Court and is undaunted by heavyweight opponents. He has appeared in cases that concern the application of international law, rights derived from Treaties as well as domestic statutory interpretation and issues of constitutional and fundamental rights.

Ben regularly assists on matters of international law, extraterritorial jurisdiction, fundamental rights, detention, discrimination, statutory duties and costs. He maintains an interest in child rights and education law challenges (including special educational needs cases). He has published many articles and blog posts on these topics.

Ben assists individuals and public sector clients on information law, privacy and data protection matters. He has acted for claimants and defendants in numerous damages claims involving unauthorised disclosure of personal data and breaches of human rights, (including vicarious liability claims). Ben has advised and represented clients in information rights appeals in the First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber), including appeals concerning legal advice privilege, historic protection arrangements for the Royal Family and Cabinet Ministers and geographic and intelligence data concerning criminal offences.

Further information

1st Class BA Hons in English and Related Literature, The University of York

BPTC (Very Competent)

GDL (Distinction)

Bar Council race training panel

Appointments & Memberships

Administrative Law Bar Association (‘ALBA’)

Education Lawyers Association (‘ELAS’)

Employment Lawyers Association (‘ELA’)

Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)