Ben is a commercial practitioner with an emphasis on insurance related disputes. He has particular expertise in the field of motor insurance and the MIB, having acted in almost all of the major appellate cases in the long-running credit hire litigation.
Ben is also an expert on the law relating to solicitors, having for many years been an editor of Cordery on Legal Services. Although especially well-known for his expertise in funding arrangements, retainers, costs and legal expenses insurance, Ben also acts in solicitors negligence claims and a wide range of disciplinary and regulatory matters touching solicitors and claims management organisations.
Ben is also widely instructed in general matters of civil procedure, especially at an appellate level, having a strong reputation as a ‘problem-solver’ to whom solicitors turn when a case is in procedural trouble, for example where relief from sanction is required.
He is also acknowledged as an expert on consumer law, having been at the forefront of the challenges to the now repealed ‘Doorstep Selling’ regulations, and various claims management schemes such as Claims Direct and TAG.
He is recommended in these areas by the major legal directories.
The Legal 500 2017 stated that he is ‘‘A tenacious cross-examiner, who quickly gets on top of the facts’, ‘There is no one brighter at the Bar.’
Described in previous years by Chambers & Partners as “as good as it comes. If you’re looking for somebody who’ll get to the heart of an issue at warp speed, he’s your man.” “Legally he’s without compare, and he’s also shrewd and is a very determined advocate.” “He is known for the depth of his research and his ability to come at things from a fresh angle. He always adds something to a case.” “His paperwork is very lucid and compelling.” ‘An absolute genius in terms of his eloquence and ability to react to issues when in court’; as a ‘quick-witted, brave and eloquent advocate who continually impresses with his general brilliance’; as ‘mesmerising’ in court where his ‘arguments are very difficult to defeat’; and as someone who ‘can take on anything and do it to a high standard’.