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Appointed to the Serious Fraud Office 'B’ Panel
University of Leeds, History BA(hons) (2003).
College of Law, London: GDL (2004), BVC (2005).
Ben is an experienced and highly regarded barrister specialising exclusively in criminal law and associated fields.
His particular areas of specialism include:-
Fraud and Financial Crime
Ben has extensive experience in serious and complex fraud (including SFO, CPS and FCA prosecutions) as well as POCA and confiscation generally.
Between 2014-2016 he was employed by the Serious Fraud Office as an Investigative Lawyer. He dealt with two highly complex cases arising out of the financial crisis of 2007. One of his cases concerned an allegation of fraud in the £100’s of millions, the other involved investigating suspicious activity in the very heart of the financial system.
Appointed to the Serious Fraud Office ‘B’ Panel.
Regularly instructed in cases of serious violence including numerous s.18s, robberies and allegations involving weapons and gangs etc.
Highly experienced in cases concerning drugs supply and has acted in countless cases with issues around conspiracy, intent, duress and test purchases.
Ben regularly acts for Kent police and individuals in applications for SHPOs, SROs, DVPOs as well as in firearms licencing matters.
He is also frequently called on by companies and private clients to assist in road traffic prosecutions.
Currently instructed by the SFO in a major ongoing fraud investigation;
Instructed to defend in a substantial European distribution fraud conspiracy to be tried in the summer;
Instructed to represent the first defendant in a very substantial Trading Standards fraud to be tried in the autumn.
R v Anthony Smith – defending a father accused of causing or allowing serious harm to his infant child;
R v Kader and ors – defending in a multi handed people smuggling conspiracy;
R v Khan and ors – prosecuting a multi-handed people smuggling conspiracy;
R v GM – defending a step-father accusing of the sustained sexual abuse of his step-daughter;
R v Pollard and others – prosecuting a multi-handed conspiracy to murder (led by Simon Taylor);
R v Bolokor and others – prosecuting a multi-handed county lines drug conspiracy (8 defendants, all convicted);
R v Kral – prosecuting a gun running conspiracy;
R v JC – defending a man accused of historic rapes of his sister when they were both children.
R v LH (Maidstone Crown Court) – one of three men tried for alleged involvement in a major wine investment fraud. Acquitted of all charges. LINK.
R v CF (Inner London Crown Court and Central Criminal Court) – Two trials over the course of a fortnight, acquitted of weapons charges following an attempted murder in the first trial, acquitted of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine in the second trial (after having been arrested in a car with large quantities of drugs, cash and a drugs phone in his pocket).
R v Singh and Sharma (Isleworth Crown Court) – successful prosecution of a gang of robbers who targeted elderly and vulnerable Indian women in Southall for their jewellery, case involved extensive CCTV, cell site.
R v Ali (Wood Green Crown Court) – s.18 stabbing, gang attack. Acquitted after trial.
Operation Mirror – SFO investigation into agreements between Barclays and Qatari investors during two capital raisings effected in June and October 2008.
Reported cases / others
Nicklas v District Court of Jelenia Gora, Poland  All ER (D) 17 (Jul). High Court extradition appeal focused on meaning of deliberate absence and the right to a retrial.
Newman v Chief Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 1642 (Admin). Case stated appeal concerning legislative provisions surrounding football banning orders, hearsay and disclosure.
Ex parte Wadud – successful Judicial Review of a decision to impose a caution in unlawful circumstances (acting for Wadud vs the Metropolitan Police).
Other notable cases
Has successfully represented protestors exercising their democratic rights (whether through novel means or otherwise).
Secured a defendant’s acquittal on the basis of duress after he absconded following the first day of trial and was tried in absence.
Drafted Privy Council petitions after reviewing Caribbean murder convictions pro bono.
Spent 18 months as a Case Review Manager at the Criminal Cases Review Commission, can advise on appeal whether direct from an adverse verdict / ruling or via the CCRC.
Conspiracy to murder trial underway - Simon Taylor and Ben Irwin prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending
The trial of Glenn Pollard, Heather Pollard and Hayley Weatherall began last week at Maidstone Crown Court. Simon Taylor is leading for the Crown, with Ben Irwin - instructed by CPS South East Canterbury CPS Trials Unit. Oliver Saxby QC is leading for the second defendant, Heather Pollard - ...read more
Ben Irwin appointed to the Serious Fraud Office panel
Chambers is pleased to announce that the Director of the Serious Fraud Office has appointed Ben Irwin to the SFO ‘B’ panel. The SFO investigates and prosecutes the most serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption cases in England and Wales. Ben will be appointed to the Panel for ...read more