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Practice Overview

Ben has a commercial Chancery practice with a particular emphasis on property work and related professional negligence, although he also has wide experience in  Chambers’ other core areas, including pensions, insolvency, company, commercial, trusts, wills and probate, and other private client matters.

He enjoys acting on his own account, or as a junior as part of a large team.

In consecutive years (2018 and 2019) Ben was one of three nominated by Chambers & Partners as Real Estate Junior of the Year.

Chambers & Partners 2021 describes Ben as “an excellent junior; he is very personable and strong on the technical detail”. He is “very bright and enjoys a challenge” and “has a personable style”. He “inspires confidence” and is “energetic, responsible and user-friendly”.

The Legal 500 2021 edition says he is “an excellent communicator and both quick and bright”. “He combines impressive mental agility with sensitivity to the concerns of the client.” “He works hard and effectively, makes a point of responding quickly and thoroughly, and is a great comfort to have on the team.” The guide also notes that he is “definitely a junior to watch over the next few years and a real superstar in the making”; an “extremely bright and hardworking junior with great presence beyond his call”. He is recognised for his “gravitas and positive and engaging manner”.

In 2018, led by Joanne Wicks QC, he successfully acted for the tenant in S Franses Ltd v Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62, a Supreme Court case which has substantially recast the law relating to ‘ground (f)’ under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954. A large part of Ben’s practice concerns opposed and unopposed lease renewals.

Ben has been recommended in Chambers & Partners since 2013, and Legal 500 since 2015. Other comments from clients include that he is “a strong and confident advocate who is well regarded by peers and clients”, “bright, commercial, easy to work with and responsive”, “recognised for his diligence and client-focused approach” and that he has “impressed solicitors with his tremendous work ethic and mastery of the facts”.