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Practice Overview

Ben joined Chambers in September 2021 on successful completion of his pupillage.

His pupil supervisors were James McCreath, Tom Roscoe, Jonathan Chew, Bobby Friedman, Simon Atkinson and Harriet Holmes. During pupillage he gained experience across the
range of Chambers’ work, and he is now building a broad commercial chancery practice taking in pensions, trusts, property, commercial disputes, company law, tax, and insolvency. He is equally happy to be instructed as sole counsel or as part of a team.

Before joining Wilberforce Ben received a double starred first in history from Cambridge (coming first in his year in the University) and a doctorate in the history of political philosophy. He was awarded a Distinction on the GDL and was graded Outstanding on the bar course.

Examples of recent and ongoing work include:

  • Acting as junior counsel, led by Andrew Mold QC and James Goodwin, in a major international succession dispute.
  • Representing the claimant, as sole counsel, at a Final Dispute Resolution hearing in a 1975 Act claim.
  • Acting as sole counsel for the trustees of a pension fund seeking restitution of alleged overpayments to a member.
  • Advising the trustees of a pension fund on the tax implications of a property transaction.
  • Successfully resisting an application to suspend a possession order in circumstances where the mortgagor had adduced evidence that he would be able to sell the property imminently.
  • In the context of divorce proceedings, advising the wife on her husband’s attempts to frustrate the court-ordered sale of their farm by purporting to grant rights of occupation to third parties. (On the basis of this advice a possession order against the husband was successfully obtained.)
  • Advising a prospective grantor on the grant of an option over registered land burdened by an unregistered restrictive covenant.
  • Advising a commercial tenant on the available means of resisting its landlord’s demands of payments under a service charge.
  • Acting, assisting Jonathan Chew, in a dispute over the ownership of a valuable painting.
  • (As a pupil) assisted Bobby Friedman and his leader on a three-week trial in the Chancery Division (Dalkilic and Pekin v Pekin and Paragon Property Investments Limited [2021] EWHC 219 (Ch)).
  • (As a pupil) working on a Part 8 claim for the rectification of several pension scheme trust deeds.
  • (As a pupil) working on a trial in an offshore jurisdiction involving the alleged breach of a covenant in restraint of trade.