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Lee Bennett

Call: 1998

recommendations

"Standout health and safety junior. There's nothing he doesn't know about the law, and he's a brilliant tactician."

"He is excellent on Inquests".

Chambers UK Bar Guide [2017]

“He has a great tactical sense and extremely good judgement.”

Legal 500 [2016]

"The go-to man if you have a technical, difficult case and need a pragmatic solution."

"One of the brightest, most hard-working juniors in the field."

Legal 500 [2015]

"A very persuasive and competent advocate, who is also a team player."

"Very capable on his feet and an all-round excellent performer."

Chambers UK Bar Guide [2015]

"A real 'go to' for health and safety and other regulatory issues."

“He is bright, responsive, good on his feet and well liked by clients.”

"He is diligent, very user-friendly and very capable, and adopts a good tone in court."

Chambers UK Bar Guide [2014]

"Expert, methodical and calm"

"Very bright but always practical and client friendly"

Legal 500 [2014]

"He is praised for his calm, clear and meticulous approach", and it is noted "he provides clients with a real sense of empathy when resolving their issues.""

Chambers UK Bar Guide [2013]

Education

LL.B (EUR) Hons, Norwich Law School, UEA and the University of Athens, Greece

LL.M (Cantab), Magdalene College, Cambridge

 

Practice

Lee Bennett is consistently ranked as a ‘Leading Barrister’ in Chambers and Partners Directory and in the Legal 500.

He has been in practice at 6 Pump Court since completing pupillage in 2000.

He is recommended as a ‘go-to’ advocate in the specialist regulatory fields of health and fire safety law and trade and consumer law. His regulatory practice also includes significant cases in planning and environmental law and food safety law. This work predominantly involves criminal prosecutions in the criminal courts, but also incorporates aspects of civil enforcement.

In addition to his regulatory work, Lee has a long-established practice in complementary areas of inquest and inquiry law, civil law and licensing law.

His civil practice includes public/employer/product liability and nuisance.

His licensing work includes all areas of local authority licensing (alcohol, taxis, casinos etc.) as well as specific statutory licensing and permitting regimes in the energy and financial markets.

It follows that Lee has a real breadth and depth of experience to draw upon when providing a service to clients. He acts throughout England and Wales with a diverse client base. He advises and defends corporates and their duty holders, associations, sole traders and local authorities. He also advises and acts on behalf of local authorities, trading standards, other national enforcement teams and regulators.

Lee is recommended for being ‘responsive’, ‘very user friendly’ and ‘also a team player’. Clients can expect a ‘diligent’ and ‘meticulous’ approach to their case with ‘expert’, ‘clear’ and ‘practical’ advice. Recent clients include the Football Association during the Hillsborough Inquests and Ofgem during its investigations into mis-selling in the domestic energy market.

 

Health and Safety

Lee Bennett defends in cases brought by the Health and Safety Executive, local authorities and the Office of Rail and Road.

His practice encompasses the range of work in this field from fatal accidents to the more straightforward breaches in the workplace. He is recommended for technical and difficult cases.

Cases in the field of construction and in relation to the management of asbestos are areas of specific experience, as are matters under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Local authorities instruct him to prosecute matters within their jurisdiction, to which Lee is particularly suited, given his knowledge of local government.

In terms of civil enforcement, Lee has undertaken a number of significant Improvement and Prohibition Notice appeals on behalf of clients before the Employment Tribunal.

 

Trade & Consumer

Lee’s experience in this area has genuine breadth and depth acting both for the regulator and the regulated.

He prosecutes all areas enforced by trading standards and has over a decade of experience of working with clients to secure the conviction of rogue traders and ‘scam’ operators.

He is also very familiar with ancillary matters such as forfeiture orders, obtaining compensation for consumers and seeking to recover the proceeds of crime.

Areas of expertise include fraud, trademarks and counterfeiting, vehicle ‘clocking’, consumer ‘scams’ and product safety.

He is one of a limited number of barristers instructed on behalf of the National lllegal Money Lending Team to prosecute ‘loan sharks’ and other matters under consumer credit legislation.

Lee also defends in this field acting for corporations and individual defendants facing serious and significant trading standards prosecutions.

His practice also involves trade and consumer matters governed by independent regulators. He advises Ofgem and represented it in its investigations into mis-selling in the domestic energy market.

 

Environmental

Lee has much experience of the law of nuisance. He has advised and acted for local authorities in the range of statutory nuisance proceedings. Equally he defends such actions assisting clients to appeal statutory nuisance abatement notices and defending associated prosecutions.

He defends Environment Agency prosecutions. His practice includes waste and pollution prosecutions. He has represented small waste operators through to signifcant undertakings engaged in the chemical and hazardous waste industries.

 

Food Safety

Lee acts for and advises a diverse range of clients in this area. His advice can be case-specific or aimed at assisting clients improve their understanding of the regulatory framework and how best to comply with it.

In terms of enforcement, he prosecutes for local authorities and defends cases brought under all current legislation and directly applicable EU Regulations.

An increased focus on this area has been brought about by the Definitive Guideline for sentencing Food Safety and Hygiene Offences.

 

Inquests and Inquiries

Lee’s involvement in fatal accident cases will often commence with the inquest. He has much experience of representing Interested Persons before Coroners. Between 2013 and 2016 he advised and represented The Football Association in all matters relating to the Hillsborough Inquests.

 

Civil Law

Lee’s civil practice complements the core areas of his regulatory work, particularly in the fields of health and safety law and environmental law.

He defends public/employer/product liability actions. He has acted in nuisance cases, including in relation to injunctive relief.

With regard to trade and consumer law, he has acted for regulators and trading standards departments seeking enforcement orders in the civil courts under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002.

 

Licensing

Instructions are taken in matters relating to the full range of local authority licensing including alcohol, taxis and casinos.

Lee’s clients have included licensing authorities, responsible bodies (such as environmental health departments and the police) as well as those seeking licences.

He has appeared before Committee. He has prosecuted and defended in licensing cases. He has represented parties on appeal to the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in respect of taxi appeals and Section 51 Reviews and Section 181, Schedule 5 Appeals under the Licensing Act 2003.

He has particular experience in respect of the law of nuisance as applied under the Licensing Act 2003 and the vexed issue of public nuisance caused by licensed premises.

 

 

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