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Ben Watson QC

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Particular expertise in extradition, public law, international mutual legal assistance, asset recovery, and crime. Recent high-profile work has included acting for Mrs Hajiyeva (the ‘Harrods shopper’) in the first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO). Regularly instructed in the leading extradition cases, see recently: India v Dr Mallya (former Chairman of Kingfisher Airlines); Russia v Shuppe (Boris Berezovksy’s son in law); South Africa v Dewani (accused of murdering wife on honeymoon), and for the Secretary of State in Gary McKinnon (computer hacker); as well as in heavyweight crime, particularly fraud: for the Barclays US LIBOR submitter (Peter Johnson). As member of Attorney General’s A Panel, Ben is also frequently instructed for the UK Government in national security cases, as well as for the MoD and FCO in cases arising out of UK military action abroad.


Call 2002; Attorney General’s C Panel 2006; Attorney General’s Special Advocate Panel 2010-2016; Attorney General’s B Panel 2011; Attorney General’s A Panel 2016; QC 2021

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association


Asset Recovery (OUP, 2007-13).


MA Hons (Cantab); Diploma in law.