Ben Williams

Ben Williams


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Paul Clarke
Jake Brooke


"A brilliant barrister. He comes across as being laid back, but is very astute, always very clear on the facts and comes in with the killer questions when necessary."

Chambers UK


Ben is a member of the Employment team and the equal opportunities officer for Chambers.

His practice has a strong emphasis on Regulatory Law and procedure with a particular expertise in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. Increasingly Ben is asked to advise at an early stage of investigation as well as delivering specialist advice on best practice within varied regulatory fields. Recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2014 & 2015 editorial Northern Circuit - regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

He regularly prosecutes and defends Health and Safety and Trading Standards matters throughout the country, and is experienced in abatement notices including statutory appeals against such notices. 

Ben has a keen interest in Coroner's Court Inquests and Licensing matters including Taxi licensing and public entertainment licensing.  He advises a large number of Local Authorities in respect of policy implementation and enforcement.

Ben has also represented a number of professionals before their regulating bodies in the context of disciplinary proceedings. These have included; police officers, medical practitioners, accountants and a number of different sportsmen.

Ben has extensive experience in respect of regulatory law. He regularly appears in health and safety prosecutions brought by local authorities, the health and safety executive and the police.

Ben is experienced in appearing before a jury and before a Coroner alone.  Ben is frequently asked to assist in Inquests that run alongside Environmental and Health & Safety investigations by prosecuting authorities.

He is experienced in all areas of Disciplinary Proceedings and has recently acted on behalf of police officers, professional sportsmen and medical professionals.

Significant Reported Cases

Burns v Kill germ group Ltd (2009) UKEAT/0548/08/CEA; [2009] All ER (D) 111 (Aug) - whether statements in pleadings in County Court proceedings could constitute a grievance.

France v Lancaster Training Services (2009) UKEAT/0235/09/SM; [2009] All ER (D) 318 (Nov) - Consideration of the test applied to the definition of an employee.

Warrington Borough Transport v Unite (2011) – successful injunction application against the Union, restraining them from calling out on strike employees of a Bus Company. The strikes were part of the national strike called by a number of public sector unions in relation to Government proposals to make changes to public sector pensions.

Clark v H20 Water Services Ltd (2012) UKEAT/0149/12/ZT; [2012] All ER (D) 167 (Aug) – whether there were grounds for a Review in circumstances where a claim form was submitted out of time.

Praxis Real Estate Management v Nicholls (2013) UKEAT/0502/12/LA – consideration of the Meek test for tribunal reasons.

Ibarz v University of Sheffield (2015) UKEAT/0018/15/JOJ – determination of a series of similar acts in the context of complaints brought under the Part-Time Workers Regulations 2000 and the Fixed-Term Employees Regulations 2002.

A comprehensive CV reflecting his extensive experience in respect of the following areas can be provided upon request:

  • Health & Safety
  • Environmental law
  • Consumer protection
  • Education

Year of Call: 2001

Areas of Expertise
  • Employment
  • Regulatory & Disciplinary Law

Road Transport Lawyers Association

Northern & North Eastern Circuits

Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Employment Lawyers Association

Employment Law Bar association


Judicial Review: Law & Practice (ed. Frances Patterson Q.C. asst. ed. Sam Karim) (Jordans 2014) Licensing Chapter


LLB (Hons)


Chambers UK 2016

"He is always very clear on the facts and he can go straight to the heart of an issue without too much dilly-dallying."

"He's a very affable barrister, he's got a good manner with witnesses and his understanding of NHS work is fantastic."

"A brilliant barrister. He comes across as being laid back, but is very astute, always very clear on the facts and comes in with the killer questions when necessary."

"He is lovely - really down-to-earth and approachable."


North Eastern Circuit - Employment - Employment - Leading Junior

-‘He is a very user-friendly barrister.’ (Legal 500 2018)

-‘He shows great attention to detail.’ (Legal 500 2017)

-‘Puts witnesses at ease, yet still asks those important killer questions’ (Legal 500 2015)

- ‘Excellent with clients and tactically savvy’ (Legal 500 2014)

Northern Circuit - Employment

"A down-to-earth barrister who is brilliant with clients. He is hard-working, thoughtful and always prepared to fight for the best outcome." (Chambers UK 2018)

"I have been impressed by his attention to detail and very quick response to any question." (Chambers UK 2017)



Northern Circuit - Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing - Leading junior

-‘Experienced in licensing matters.’ (Legal 500 2018)

-‘He presents very well and is user-friendly.' (Legal 500 2017)

-‘Exceptionally client-focused’ (Legal 500 2015)

- ‘Regularly represents local authorities, the police and licensees.’ (Legal 500 2014)

-“He has a calm manner but an authoritative presence. A lot of the arguments he wins on paper because he's very thorough." "He is practical and prepared” (Chambers UK 2014)

Midlands Circuit - Licencing

"Very experienced, easy to get on with and down-to-earth. We like working with him." (Chambers UK 2018)

"I have been impressed by his attention to detail and very quick response to any question." "His written advice is analytical and a joy to read." (Chambers UK 2017)

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