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Ben Williams

Manchester, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 2 departments
Ranked in : Licensing , Employment
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Licensing - Midlands (Bar)

Band 1

Ben Williams
Ben Williams frequently advises local authorities on judicial reviews and licensing appeals. He also acts for licensees and the police. He is particularly well regarded for taxi licensing work, offering specialist regulatory advice.
Strengths: "He is easy to work with and knowledgeable."
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Employment - North Eastern (Bar)

Band 3

Ben Williams
Ben William has a strong reputation as a barrister with expertise in a range of employment issues including unfair dismissal and discrimination, pay disputes and union matters. He has experience representing public sector employers including the NHS.
Strengths: "He's an impressive advocate. He has excellent cross-examination skills and is highly persuasive." "I've been very favourably impressed by his approach to the case; he's very fair and extremely personable."
Recent work: Acted for a respondent NHS trust in a case involving multiple claims concerned with a protracted grievance process and appeal. The matter involved substantial legal argument around the issue of knowledge.
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Employment - Northern (Bar)

Band 2

Ben Williams
Ben Williams regularly appears before tribunals handling a range of employment issues, but he deals particularly with unfair dismissal, TUPE and discrimination issues on behalf of respondent clients. He is experienced in injunctive relief and restrictive covenants, and has specific expertise in working with healthcare clients.
Strengths: "He is a heavyweight for complex matters, a fantastic people person, develops a good rapport with clients, deals well with difficult claimants, and is robust and down to earth." "He is very personable and clients like him; he can draw on past experience so well that he knows how to handle any situation really. He's very good on the detail and tactics as well."
Recent work: Acted in a five-day hearing for BT, regarding a number of complaints of disability discrimination.
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Licensing - Northern/North Eastern (Bar)

Band 2

Ben Williams  
Ben Williams predominantly advises local authorities on judicial reviews and licensing appeals across the Midlands and North of England. He also acts for local councils and the police. He is particularly well regarded for taxi licensing work, offering specialist regulatory advice.
Strengths: "A leading junior for taxi work in West Yorkshire." "He is very practically minded - when he has a case he does not get bogged down in the issues but sees to the heart of the matter straight away."
Recent work: Acted for Gateshead Council in a case focusing on the apparent transfer of a taxi business to a third party. The issue was the involvement of an individual who was not considered fit and proper to hold a licence.
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Practice Areas

A specialist in Employment and Regulatory Law (with a particular focus on Health and Safety, Environmental and Licensing work).

In respect of Ben’s employment law practice, he has vast experience in the healthcare, retail and education sectors. He appears regularly in Tribunals and has an extensive client base, representing a large number of NHS Trusts throughout the country as well as some well known retailers.

He has extensive experience in associated High Court litigation in all aspects of his work.

He is particularly well regarded in respect of his taxi licensing work where he appears for both local authorities and appellants involving hackney carriage and private hire vehicles. He has advised extensively on the formulation and implementation of local authority taxi licensing policy with a keen emphasis on safeguarding. He has advised extensively on the implementation of CCTV into licensed vehicles throughout the country. He is presently involved in long running litigation concerning the setting of licensing fees by local authorities, which has reached the Court of Appeal.

In the context of entertainment licensing, he acts for the industry (nightclubs, bars, pubs, festivals and restaurants), Local Authorities, interested parties and the police both in terms of representation at licensing hearings (including appeals) and in an advisory capacity. Has considerable experience in respect of zoo licensing also.

Acts for defendants and Regulators in Health and Safety, Environmental and Consumer law regulatory prosecutions. His Environmental practice means he advises a number of private clients in respect of noise nuisance matters which has particular importance with his associated licensing work. He has a particular expertise of PSPO’s and consequential litigation.

Has appeared in a number of high profile cases including; Rehman v Wakefield (2018); Hull CC v Greggs and others (2016) and Leeds CC v Shell UK (2013).

Ben is Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Officer and also sits on the recruitment committee.

Career

Called to the Bar in 2001, joined Kings Chambers in 2006.

Professional Memberships

Institute of Licensing;

Employment Lawyers’ Association;

Employment Law Bar Association.

Publications

Contributing Author to ‘Judicial Review : Law and Practice’– Licensing chapter. Regular contributor to the IOL publication.

Personal

He is a keen sports fan, in particular football, golf and the NFL

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Ben Williams

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