Year of Call: 2007
Bar Vocational Course (City Law School – 2007)
LLB Law (University of Exeter – 2006)
Areas of Work
Crime (Defence and Prosecution)
Ben joined Chambers in January 2016. Prior to this, Ben worked for the Crown Prosecution Service in London as a Crown Prosecutor. Prior to joining Chambers, Ben worked in the CPS Proceeds of Crime Unit in London, and the newly-formed Appeals Unit, dealing with appeals from across the country in a variety of cases. Ben also managed the Unduly Lenient Sentence Team, working alongside Treasury Counsel and regularly meeting with the Attorney General and Solicitor General.
Ben is a Grade 2 Prosecutor and regularly prosecutes on behalf of the CPS in a wide range of offences such as violent offences including knife crime and fraud offences.
Ben brings a unique approach to defence work, having experienced first hand the working of the CPS. As such, he is able to advise clients effectively in a wide variety of cases.
Ben has experience of representing both youths and adults from first appearance through to trial. Ben has developed a practice representing particularly vulnerable defendants and has experience of conducting trials where an intermediary is required.
Further, Ben is regularly instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to represent them before the Fitness to Practice Committee in a range of serious and often lengthy cases. Ben has further developed his regulatory practice having spent time on secondment with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
In 2018, Ben spent time as independent counsel at HMRC, as part of an investigation into tax evasion by Premier League football clubs.
Ben is a Public Access barrister and is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public in suitable cases.
R v H
Prosecuted a case of fraud and theft by employee involving a particularly vulnerable victim with severe learning difficulties. Following a 5-day trial the defendant was convicted.
R v N
Successfully prosecuted a case of a defendant found carrying an axe in public.
R v D
Secured a suspended sentence for a vulnerable client who entered a guilty plea to ABH having glassed the victim in a public house.
R v P
Represented a defendant who was a serving prisoner charged with ABH and possession of an unauthorised weapon. Following a 3 day hearing he was acquitted by the jury.
R v O
Represented a defendant charged with outraging public decency. Following a 4-day trial the defendant was acquitted by the jury.
R v L
Defendant pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and possession with intent to supply class B drugs (cannabis). Following extensive mitigation, the defendant was sentenced to a total of 2.5 years in prison.
R v A
Defendant acquitted after trial of two domestic assaults. The defendant was assisted throughout by an intermediary.
R v B
Defendant acquitted following trial of breaching a non-molestation order. The court found the defendant had a reasonable excuse.
R v S
Defendant acquitted of assault on his wife. The court found the defendant acted in lawful self-defence.
NMC v F
Represented the NMC in a case where the nurse failed to realise a patient was seriously ill, resulting in emergency care being administered too late. The patient died. The nurse was found to have contributed to the patient’s death and was struck-off the register.
NMC v B
Successfully represented the NMC. The registered nurse sexually assaulted two vulnerable residents at a care home. The panel found the actions of the registrant to be sexually motivated. The committee imposed a striking-off order.
NMC v V
Successfully represented the NMC. The registered nurse failed to realise a care home resident had suffered a stroke. The nurse forced food into the resident’s mouth and failed to call the emergency services. The panel imposed a Conditions of Practice Order for a period of 18 months.
Outside work Ben is a keen runner, he has taken part in a number of half marathons and other short distance running. Ben enjoys travelling. Ben is a mentor for British schools for the National Bar Mock Trial Competition and has judged at the annual mock trial competition in New York, as part of the Empire programme.
Mr Ben Edwards is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and his details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/
Mr Ben Edwards holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/
Mr Ben Edwards is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/
If you are not satisfied with the service that Mr Ben Edwards provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/
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