Ben has had substantial previous experience in costs recovery in industrial disease litigation via his role as Head of Costs in a firm of Solicitors specialising in industrial disease. He is therefore familiar with the issues that commonly arise in this niche area throughout the life of the substantive litigation. Ben is well placed to assist in the substantive litigation in industrial disease matters to ensure all issues are dealt with efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Instructions in industrial disease litigation are a key target for Ben’s ever-growing practice.
Since joining a large Defendant insurance Solicitors in 2018, Ben has developed a broad civil litigation practice with a particular focus on credit hire. Ben has attended small claims and fast track trials dealing with all aspects of credit hire litigation. In the small claims track, Ben regularly finds himself advancing arguments in respect of basic hire rates evidence and has successfully sought to apply debarring orders following a plea of impecuniosity which has not been made out. Ben has a strong working knowledge of all credit hire matters having practised in this area for over 4 years. Ben routinely features as the sole Advocate on matters from “cradle to grave”, dealing with the case from the preparation of the Defence through to the trial of the matter.
As to Ben’s personal injury practice, he has been instructed to attend trial which feature issues in relation to causation of injury, low velocity impacts, phantom passengers and induced collisions. Where the evidence and circumstances merit, Ben is confident in inviting the Court to make findings pursuant to Civil Procedure Rule 44.16 and Section 57 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Ben also handles large volumes of interlocutory hearings arising out of personal injury litigation. In particular, he is frequently the Advocate of choice in multi-track CCMCs which require cost budgeting to be undertaken in light of his extensive experience in legal costs.