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Ben joined Shearman Bowen & Co in 2006 and has built up a practice of heavy duty criminal defence work. Ben has defended in cases involving homicide and serious violence, large scale drugs importation, firearms, and sexual offences. He has also defended clients in fraud and confiscation proceedings.
Ben is an accomplished Magistrates’ Court advocate and has experience of representing the mentally ill at Mental Health Review Tribunals
Ben also specialises in extradition work and has extensive experience in representing those facing extradition requests from foreign countries both within Europe outside the EU.
He is a committee member of the Extradition Lawyers Association: www.extradition-lawyers.com
R v Anyanwu (2005) CCC: defended a client suffering from severe mental illness. The case led to an enquiry into the treatment of the mentally ill within the community: www.camdennewjournal.co.uk/100605/in100605_02.html
R v Newstead and Others (2007) Croydon Crown Court: defended “insider” in multi-million pound banking fraud. Successfully negotiated agreed settlement in £2.4m confiscation: www.policeoracle.com/news/15-yr-sentence-for-3mil-Fraud-Gang_13944.html
R v Gambari-Monfarad (2006) Kingston Crown Court. Large scale opium importation
R v Chambers & Heron (2009) Canterbury Crown Court. Defended two defendants including a 76 year old grandmother charged with large-scale cocaine importation: www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/0ct/06/ukcrime2 ; www.itn.co.uk/news/e98009c06d50bcfefd30bb7edc4.html
R v Salah (2008-09) Wood Green Crown Court. defended in North London Conspiracy to cause GBH involving a Somali Gang: www.thecnj.com/islington/2008/120508/inews120508_04.html
R v James Waithe (2009) Bristol Crown Court: defended ex-judo international involved in multi-million pound cocaine ring: www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/26/olympic-judo-competitor-drugs-conspiracy
R v Samuel Quamina (2010) Croydon Crown Court. Successfully defended a man accused of murder and GBH in a high-profile case raising issues as to the boundaries of self-defence for home owners in their own home: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254936/Homeowner-stabbed-intruder-death-cleared-murder.html ; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8546678.stm
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