Overview of Practice
Benjamin’s practice is rooted in the defence of serious crime encompassing fraud, violence and drugs offences. He specialises in providing tactical advice to prospective defendants pre-charge and he is often the final port of call for advice on appeal. He conducts Court-Martial work and has developed a particular specialty in defending individuals charged with motoring offences or advising businesses on how to deal with motoring offences that could affect them.
Benjamin is frequently instructed to conduct private prosecutions in addition to prosecutions on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Royal Mail Group PLC and the National Probation Service.
Benjamin has developed a strong regulatory practice. He has previously been instructed by private individuals to conduct licencing appeals including those relating to the ‘fit and proper person’ test. He is regularly instructed by local authorities to advise on, and prosecute, matters relating to fraud, planning, environmental law and food hygiene offences.
The remainder of Benjamin’s practice is founded upon civil work with a criminal aspect. Aside from a significant experience of dealing with civil orders made by the criminal courts, he has conducted Judicial Review proceedings, appeals by way of case stated and is often instructed to conduct cash detention, forfeiture and restraint order proceedings.
Benjamin has a particular interest in civil proceedings that stem from criminal investigations. He has been instructed in a number of civil proceedings on behalf of various prosecuting agencies.