Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Consumer Law - London (Bar)
Ben Douglas-Jones QC defends businesses and professionals against consumer-related claims and prosecutes on behalf of private entities, local authorities and the MHRA. His work takes in environment and food safety cases as well as trade mark and copyright matters.
Strengths: "An extremely talented barrister with exceptionally broad knowledge of the law. He communicates extremely well with the instructing solicitor, and is not shy of making robust legal arguments and standing up to the judiciary."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant in R v Peter Hunter, David Smith & BZZ, a case regarding the selling of tickets banned from resale.
Crime - London (Bar)
Financial Crime - London (Bar)
Ben Douglas-Jones QC exhibits a strong work ethic and acts as a Grade 4 criminal prosecutor. He regularly handles confiscation cases, as well as mortgage and tax frauds. Douglas-Jones wins instruction from both the SFO and the Specialist Fraud Division in a wide range of fraud matters.
Strengths: "He has an incredible mind."
Recent work: Acted for the SFO in R v Bryant et al, a case concerning a procurement fraud committed by the National Trust procurement officer.
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Complex, cross-jurisdictional fraud, bribery, money-laundering, white-collar, regulatory, cyber and serious crime, consumer law, compliance, human rights, criminal intellectual property, civil fraud, asset recovery, JR and appellate work. As leader and junior, Ben defends and provides compliance advice to professional and corporate clients including PLCs. Bribery: Operation Vectorial (matchfixing): represented first person ever acquitted of Bribery Act offence); SFO v BH ($2.7Bn bribery). Fraud: SFO v Evans (£170m Celtic Energy “fraud”): represented first Defendant in victories over SFO in “blockbuster” case; Operation Valgus (mortgage; over 1,000 mortgages); Operation Festival (complex tax); Abacus Trading (£40m invoice / banking); Operation Ernest (£110m factoring fraud); Operation Militia (botnet cyber fraud); SFO v OB (Supreme Court) Contempt; Extradition; Restraint; Specialty; Boiler-room Fraud). Consumer law including trademarks, copyright, medical, criminal planning, food safety and environmental health. Co-author Blackstone’s Guide to the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Human rights: VSJ  1 Cr. App. R. 33; Ordu  1 Cr. App. R. 2; Zaredar  EWCA Crim 877; Boateng  2 Cr. App. R. 5; YY  1 Cr. App. R. 28; (human trafficking and asylum) and Ewing  1 Cr. App. R. 32 (free speech); R(DPP) v Leicester  1 Cr. App. R. 5 (self-incrimination). Editor of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law and Practice; Co-authored CPS Trafficking and Law Society Immigration Crime Guidance. Attorney in Grenada.
Professional Memberships; Fraud Advisory Panel; Fraud Lawyers’ Association; Gray's Inn accredited advocacy trainer.
LLB (Hons) (Reading); M Phil (Wales).