St Philips Chambers

Ben Williams

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Ben has expertise in complex criminal and regulatory cases. His specialities within crime are white collar and corporate crime, organised crime, homicide and serious sexual offences. Recent and ongoing work: leading junior for the first defendant in an Insolvency Service prosecution for tax fraud at Southwark Crown Court, concerning a series of phoenix companies (R v Onions); prosecuting a multi-million pound evasion of duty on cigarette importation for HMRC, based on covert surveillance by foreign agencies and decrypted underworld communications (Op. Fanbelt); defending in a baby-shaking murder involving 18 expert witnesses across a plethora of medical specialities (R v SS); leading defence junior in a private prosecution by the Premier League for a multi-million pound broadcasting rights fraud (R v Malone).

His regulatory practice encompasses health and safety, fire safety, food safety, environmental crime, consumer protection and inquests. Recent and ongoing work: prosecuting a group of offenders for wholesale trading in non-duty and counterfeit cigarettes (CCC v J); representing a theme park following a fatality (HSE v DMP); prosecuting a taxi firm and its directors for manufacturing false insurance documents on an industrial scale (WCC v F); defending the finance director of a major recycling company on environmental offences (EA v Williams).


Called 2006. Recorder 2020. University of Birmingham (BA, First Class). Nottingham Law School (GDL; BVC). Lincoln’s Inn (Tancred Scholarship). Grade 4 prosecutor. CPS specialist panels for serious crime, fraud, rape and confiscation. Attorney General's List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (Band B).