Ben Williams Regulatory

Call: 2006

Introduction

Ben practises in Crime, Regulatory and related areas of Public Law.

His advocacy skills have been built mainly in the robust environment of the Crown Court. He has also appeared regularly before Licensing Committees, in Magistrates’ Courts, County Courts, and numerous times in the High Court and Court of Appeal, modifying his style accordingly.

Ben’s clerking team have received specific praise from solicitors in relation to him going above and beyond the call of duty and displaying the common touch when working with lay clients. Senior members of circuit have noted his meticulous preparation and skill in legal argument, and have described him as having star quality.

He graduated from the University of Birmingham and Nottingham Law School with academic prizes and secured a major scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn.

Ben is editor of the Regulatory Group’s newsletters, e-shots and Twitter account.


Environmental

Ben has acted and is currently instructed in private prosecutions brought by Severn Trent Water for offences committed by businesses in relation to the sewerage network. He has acted for Local Authorities on many occasions, including prosecuting a metalworking company for breaches of a Noise Abatement notice, involving complex scientific evidence on noise attenuation and wide-ranging legal argument, against a senior opponent. Other practical experience includes fly-posting, fly-tipping, and failures to clear land.

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Health & Safety, Corporate & Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Ben has been involved in a number of cases arising from alleged breaches of Health & Safety regulations, acting for both companies and individuals, and for the prosecution. He has acted in such cases in the Crown Court, Coroner's Court and in the context of civil litigation. Example scenarios include a near-fatal roller door collapse; a fatal fall from height; electrocution at work; and fatal crushing at a haulage company's yard. Ben also has parallel experience of acting for companies and individuals in cases regarding Fire Safety, Product Safety (including Electrical Equipment regulations) and bringing private prosecutions on behalf of water companies against corporate defendants.

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Inquests & Coronial

Ben has appeared at Inquests to represent the interests of Local Authorities, companies, and individuals in the context of workplace fatalities (falls from height; crushing accidents, etc.) and in cases concerning systemic failures of care systems. A recent case in which he appeared concerned an ex-Birmingham City football player who escaped from dementia care home and was hit by a train. The case received extensive media attention.

He is keen to develop Inquest work further.

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Licensing

Ben has a wealth of experience in respect of liquor, taxi, gaming, and late night refreshment licences appearing at committee stage, in the Magistrates’ Court and in the Crown Court.

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Trading Standards, Consumer Protection & Food Safety

Ben regularly prosecutes for the national Illegal Money-Lending Team (re ‘loan sharks’). He is acted in numerous cases concerning counterfeit goods, Trade Description offences, Electrical Safety and Food Hygiene. He has experience prosecuting disqualified company directors for the Department of Business.

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