Ben Mills

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Introduction

Ben, by his regular inclusion in the industry directories, is recognised as a leader in the field of both criminal law and regulatory crime. He enjoys a thriving practice working predominantly in fraud, counterfeiting, consumer protection and health and safety law, other serious crime and associated complex confiscation proceedings. At the core of his practice is an acute attention to his client’s best interests and a tireless commitment to his cases.

He was Junior Counsel in R v X [2013] EWCA Crim 818, the leading authority on the CPUT Regulations 2008 and the application of recklessness to corporate entities. He is one of a small number of expert Counsel instructed nationally in cases focussing on the activities of ‘loan sharks’. These predominantly involve Consumer Credit Act offences, blackmail and large scale fraud/money laundering.

He was Junior Defence Counsel in R v Shuttleworth and Southerton (2013) – a 6 month cut-throat baby murder trial which received national attention.

During the House of Lords expenses scandal, he was instructed to advise a Life Peer in all pre-charge matters and police interviews. His client was not prosecuted.

After a very competitive process Ben has also been appointed to the Attorney General’s List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (Band B).

He was nominated for Birmingham Law Society: Barrister of the Year 2013.

What the directories say:

Chambers & Partners 2020: “He has proved virtually unrivalled in his encyclopaedic knowledge and his excellent manner with clients.”

Legal 500 2015: “Advocacy is at the top of the list of his strengths – he engages with the judiciary and jurors alike.”

Chambers & Partners 2015: Has a criminal practice which encompasses offences including blackmail, money laundering and offences against the person.

Expertise: “He is a very hard-working junior, who is very meticulous with his preparation.”

Chambers & Partners 2014: “He is approachable and committed. He is organised and responds quickly to queries, and is an awesome cross-examiner…He has a real commitment to the work, and shows incredible levels of preparation, and a delightful manner in dealing with juries.”

“Chambers & Partners 2013: “conscientiously performs some sensationally good work”

Legal 500 2011: “the fantastic Ben Mills is highly recommended for fraud matters”

Legal 500 2012: “excellent with lay clients”and “very strong in court”

Reported Cases:

Instructed in leading sentencing case for illegal money lending: R v Dixon [2012] 2 Cr.App.R.(S)100.

Dudley MBC v Arif [2011] [2012] R.T.R. 20; [2012] A.C.D. 86- Ben represented Dudley MBC in an appeal by way of case stated from the Magistrates Court where the appellant had been acquitted of an offence of plying for hire contrary to the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 s.45. The issue related to whether the defendant could assert ‘mistake’ when the offence was one of strict liability.

Brett v DPP, Queens Bench Division of the High Court, [2009] 1 W.L.R. 2530 – Ben represented the DPP in this appeal by way of case stated which related to the admissibility of hearsay evidence served under s 16 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

 

Articles and Publications:

Contributing Editor: ‘Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice’, 2013.

A Health and Safety Sentencing Tool-kit – Local Government Lawyer Online – October 2012 – Ben Mills sets out a tool-kit for defence and prosecution lawyers that will establish the foundation for quality advocacy at health and safety sentencing hearings.

‘Any time for Money Laundering’ – a guide to the recent authorities setting out the principles of sentencing when ancillary POCA offences are included on an indictment.

‘I Drink Therefore I Am’ – Alcohol Dependency Syndrome (R v Woods 2008) – an analysis of the recent changes in this area of law and its application in a defence to murder

‘Conduct and Effect – Offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008’ – an analysis of the new offences under this legislation and how they operate

Qualifications and Appointments:

BA (Hons) in English and Philosphy at Birmingham University (2:1)

Diploma in Law at BPP Law School, Lincoln’s InnLaw Commission: Research Assistant 2000-2001.

Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates (Panel C) – July 2009 – 2012.

Appointed to the Attorney General’s Unified List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (Band B) – 2012 ongoing.

Midlands Circuit Representative for Criminal Bar Association: 2007-2010.

Ben is a Level 3 CPS prosecutor.


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