All aspects of corporate and personal insolvency.
Ben frequently acts for office holders in relation to claims against former directors for misfeasance, transactions at undervalue, preferences and transactions defrauding creditors. He acts for directors in relation to disqualification and permission to act proceedings. He is also experienced in a wide range of insolvency applications.
Significant Recent Cases
Bank of Baroda v. Maniar (2017) – Manchester Mercantile Court - guarantee claim for €425k against former directors of ROI cash-and-carry company, defended on grounds that guarantee unenforceable by reason of Examinership proceedings in ROI
Mullins v. (1) Hunt (2) Twinn (2017) – Birmingham Business and Property Courts – obtained judgment for £280k in misfeasance claim against former directors of liquidated recruitment company following 4-day trial
Red Ventures Recruitment v. Gostelow (2016) – Manchester Chancery District Registry – £100k preference claim against parents of director who had ‘propped up’ the company with their credit cards
Bibby Financial Services v. Bal (2016) – Manchester Mercantile Court – defending £350k personal guarantee claim by liquidator against former director of recruitment company, after successfully resisting 2014 bankruptcy proceedings
Re Rowellian Social Club (2016) – Northampton District Registry – application for directions in the administration of a sports social club
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v. Oasis Limousines (Bradford) Ltd  EWHC 2432 (Ch) – Manchester Chancery District Registry - application for appointment of a provisional liquidator
Ben joined chambers in April 2008 after pupillage at 8 King Street Chambers, Manchester.
Ben practises in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution. Most of his work is in the Business and Property Courts and he regularly appears across the Northern, North-Eastern and Midlands Circuits and in London.
Within his broad commercial practice Ben has developed specialisms (detailed further below) in insurance, insolvency, professional negligence and construction. He also has a growing sports law practice, having acted for a number of football clubs.
Ben approaches every instruction with intellectual rigour, attention to detail, commercial pragmatism and speed. His attitude is that cases are won on the facts and lost on the law, so that it is essential to identify and analyse the key issues early to achieve the best result for his client. He is also aware of the ever-pressing need to give a firm, clear view on prospects, for the benefit of client and insurer/funder.
Ben acts predominantly as sole Counsel and has been led by chambers’ silks on a number of occasions. His clients span the range from large corporations and institutions to private individuals; and the subject matter ranges from multi-million pound claims and injunctions to his
Year of Call: 2005
Northern Commercial Bar Association (committee member since 2015)
Chancery Bar Association
Northern Chancery Bar Association
British Irish Commercial Bar Association
- Calling time: the law of limitation directions – Counsel Magazine June 2017; https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/calling-time
- Online payment fraud: a case study – in-house seminar Nov 2017 for Addleshaw Goddard LLP
- Misrepresentation: statements of opinion and reliance – NCCBA seminar June 2016
- Company Restoration: the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 and limitation – in-house seminar Feb 2016 for DWF LLP
- “Professional negligence – Jackson and the litigator” – Kings Chambers conference series 2014
- Third party costs orders, including orders against legal representatives – in-house seminar September 2013 for Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP
BA (Hons) Literae Humaniores – first class (Balliol College Oxford)
GDL (City University, London)
BVC (BPP Law School, London)
Major Scholar (Inner Temple)
‘A brilliant barrister.’ - Legal 500 2018
"He is an exceptional intellect and a skilled advocate." - Chambers UK 2015
"He is as bright as a button; he has a great delivery and a good courtroom presence."- Chambers UK 2014
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