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"Admired for his client-oriented approach.” 

"I was very impressed with him in court.  He’s very measured and picks the right points.  He’s a skilled advocate.” 
"His forensic approach and attention to detail are second to none.” 
Chambers UK 2014:  Fraud  
Profile
Ben was called to the Bar in 1994 and following a civil pupillage, he joined QEB Hollis Whiteman where he was in independent practice for eight years.  He then joined leading white collar solicitors firm Peters & Peters in March 2003 as an employed Barrister and transferred to the Solicitors' profession in November 2004; he was appointed as a partner in November 2007.  In May 2009 Ben resumed independent practice at the Bar and joined Three Raymond Buildings.
Ben has a practice in business crime, professional discipline, public inquiries and regulatory matters, with specialist experience in compliance issues, including:
Corruption & bribery
Ben has acted for national and multi-national corporates and individuals in anti-bribery investigations and enforcement proceedings. He also gives advice on compliance policy and implementation in order to comply with UK, USA and supra-national (OECD & UN) obligations.
Fraud & anti-trust
Advice and representation in a wide range of fraud and anti-trust/cartel investigations and prosecutions including money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the public revenue and advance fee frauds.  Prosecutions brought by a range of bodies including the Office of Fair Trading/Department of Justice/European Commission, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the Crown Prosecution Service, and HM Revenue & Customs.  Also experienced in cross-jurisdictional investigations and mutual assistance requests made by, and of, the UK.
Financial services
Advice to corporate and individual clients subject to FSA/FCA enforcement activity and in relation to non-contentious FSMA issues including advice on RTC and RDC decisions.
Ben has provided advice and worked with the FCA in relation to proceedings before the RDC arising from its investigation of allegations of LIBOR manipulation.
Professional discipline
Advice and representation of individuals involved in disciplinary proceedings before their professional regulator.
Public inquiries
Acting for core participants and witnesses before public inquiries.
Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act
Ben provides advice on the drafting of policy, ongoing implementation and training to businesses concerned to comply with their Data Protection Act 1998 obligations.  He has also acted for individuals and corporates in Information Commissioner’s Office investigations including matters involving high profile losses of data by public bodies and where data protection issues arise in the context of criminal or regulatory investigations and proceedings.  He acted for the ICO in the first prosecution for conspiracy to commit offences under the DPA (2013).  Ben has also advised government departments on Freedom of Information Act 2000 matters.

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