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Ben Collins QC

Silk: 2016 | Call: 1996

"An extremely good lawyer. He's very calm and just takes it all in his stride." "He's is excellent with clients and unflappable in court. He's a very impressive advocate."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"He is a truly excellent advocate, whether on the law in appellate cases or as a cross-examiner of lay and expert witnesses. He is one of those barristers whom I would want acting for me if I had a professional regulatory issue."

The Legal 500 2021

Overview

Ben Collins QC has an exceptionally diverse practice, appearing in landmark litigation, and recognised as a leading silk, in no fewer than five fields of practice: employment, professional discipline, clinical negligence, personal injury and administrative and public law. He was shortlisted at The Lawyer Awards 2020 as “Barrister of the Year”.

Chambers & Partners says that Ben “impresses clients with his steely approach” and is “superbly efficient, thorough and practical.” “He also inspires confidence when it comes to sensitive cases.” Ben has a high-profile practice in both private and public law, with particular expertise in employment, healthcare and regulatory work, although his practice spans public law and human rights, clinical negligence, medical law, personal injury, inquests and inquiries, sports disputes and professional negligence.

Ben has huge experience in employment and discrimination claims, with particular expertise in disability discrimination and other health-related issues (including mixed employment, regulatory, discrimination and personal injury claims). He has considerable experience of high-profile and high-value whistleblowing claims; and of public sector work in general. He appears very regularly in disputes involving doctors.

His disciplinary practice involves representing practitioners and professional bodies in professional conduct proceedings before regulatory bodies such as the GMC, GDC and ARB, as well as in judicial review challenges in the Administrative Court. He has appeared in university and police disciplinary proceedings, and has experience of major financial services regulatory work, including internationally (he appeared in the first contested hearing before the Financial Markets Tribunal in Dubai).

He is regularly instructed by both claimants and defendants in complex and high-value clinical negligence and personal injury claims. He has enormous experience in addressing medical issues and an in-depth understanding of the work of clinical professionals, as well as in meeting the needs of severely disabled claimants and their families.

Ben must be considered one of the leading experts in the law of criminal injuries compensation at the bar, having appeared in almost every major appeal in the field in the past decade, including A (SC, exclusion of criminal convictions), JT (CA, same roof rule), CP (CA, fetal alcohol syndrome), Jones (SC, crime of violence) and Y (CA, status of unborn child). He is consulting editor to Miers on Criminal Injuries Compensation (OUP).

His public law practice involves review of decisions in the fields of equality, medical law, professional regulation, industrial relations, mental health, coroners, prisons and immigration. He advised the Lord Chancellor on changes to the discount rate for personal injury damages, and defended APIL’s judicial review of the rate. His work frequently encompasses human rights challenges.

He appears at inquests and public inquiries, most recently the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Publications

  • Consulting editor to Miers on Criminal Injuries Compensation (OUP).
  • Contributing editor to Professional Negligence and Liability (LLP), dealing with clinical practitioners.
  • Ben has contributed articles to JPIL, NLJ, ELA Review, Occupational Medicine, Judicial Review and Legal and Medical. He lectures regularly on a range of topics including employment and discrimination law, clinical negligence, human rights, medical law, professional discipline and civil procedure. He has led sessions at the ELA annual conference.

Appointments

  • Recorder (2018)
  • Queen’s Counsel (2016)
  • Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland (2016)
  • Special Advocate
  • Member, International Paralympic Committee anti-doping appeal panel
  • Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel (before taking silk)
  • Former Member, Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit, Reviewer Member
  • ELA Pro Bono Committee
  • Member of: ELA, ELBA, ARDL, PNBA, PIBA, Justice

Professional Recommendations

“He is an exceptional barrister; he’s great with clients and picks up points instantly.” “He’s super bright and very efficient.” “He is very clear and precise in court, and is a really safe pair of hands.” “He inspires confidence in his clients.” “He’s is excellent with clients and unflappable in court. He’s a very impressive advocate.” “He is extremely calm and together – pressure doesn’t fluster him.” “A very impressive advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“An experienced special advocate who shows sound judgement in everything he does.” “A go-to silk. Comes across as very unflappable and instils confidence.” “Always impressive in the courtroom. He is able to put arguments in a very persuasive way and establishes a good rapport with members of the judiciary.” “Always calm in a storm, as well as being able to absorb huge amounts of data and speak to a variety of experts at their own level.” “He is a truly excellent advocate, whether on the law in appellate cases or as a cross-examiner of lay and expert witnesses. He is one of those barristers whom I would want acting for me if I had a professional regulatory issue.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Very good with clients and technically strong.” “His advocacy is always perfectly paced and structured, easy to follow but forensic in detail.” “He has a very detailed and analytical approach to the evidence.” “Trusted by the GLD with high-profile cases.”

The Legal 500 2020

“An exceptional advocate and a skilled cross-examiner.” “Incredibly bright and a pleasure to work with.” “A ferociously intelligent barrister who commands the respect of the courtroom.” “Very approachable and down to earth. He provides measured and objective advice which is very much appreciated by his clients.” “He is calm, considered and able to swiftly deal with developments on his feet.” “A careful and measured advocate who has had a good year and done interesting things.” “He struck the right tone between making the legal argument successfully and ensuring that the approach was portrayed in the right way, showing really good judgement.” “He’s an extremely solid and responsive public law silk.” “He takes a very detailed and analytical approach to the evidence and his knowledge and ability to understand complex medical issues is very impressive.” “Very effective and extremely easy to work with.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Public Law

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Clinical Negligence

Personal Injury

Sport

Inquests & Public Inquiries

HR Professional Support


Recent and current work

Notable cases

Key contacts

William Meade

Senior Clerk
William Meade 020 7269 0360 wmeade@oldsquare.co.uk

Jenny O’Grady

Senior Clerking Assistant
Jenny O’Grady 020 7269 0304 ogrady@oldsquare.co.uk

Olivia Moliterno

Team Leader & Assistant to Senior Clerk
Olivia Moliterno 020 7269 0477 moliterno@oldsquare.co.uk
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