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Ben Mills

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St Philips Chambers (Chambers of Andrew Smith QC)


Ben, by his regular inclusion in the industry directories, is recognised as a leader in the field of both regulatory crime and criminal law. He enjoys a thriving practice working predominantly in, consumer protection, counterfeiting, fraud, health and safety, and associated complex confiscation proceedings. At the core of his practice is an acute attention to his client’s best interests and a tireless commitment to his cases. He was Junior Counsel in R v X (2013) EWCA Crim 818, the leading authority on the CPUT Regulations 2008 and the application of recklessness to corporate entities. He is one of a small number of expert counsel instructed nationally in cases focussing on the activities of ‘loan sharks’. These predominantly involve Consumer Credit Act offences, blackmail and large scale fraud/money laundering. He was junior defence counsel in R v Shuttleworth and Southerton (2013) – a 6 month cut-throat baby murder trial which received national attention. During the House of Lords expenses scandal, he was instructed to advise a life peer in all pre-charge matters and police interviews. His client was not prosecuted. After a very competitive process Ben has also been appointed to the Attorney General’s list of specialist regulatory advocates in health and safety and environmental law (Band B). He was nominated for Birmingham Law Society: Barrister of the Year 2013 and 2014.


Called 2000, Inner Temple. Publications of note: contributing editor: ‘Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice’, 2013; A Health and Safety Sentencing Tool-kit – Local Government Lawyer Online – October 2012 – Ben Mills sets out a tool-kit for defence and prosecution lawyers that will establish the foundation for quality advocacy at health and safety sentencing hearings.


Fluent French.


Criminal Bar Association; Midland Circuit.


Birmingham University (BA Hons, English and philosophy, 2(:1)); BPP Law School, Lincoln’s Inn (diploma in law).


Outside work, Ben still enjoys life as a semi-professional musician. He is a keen sportsman and hiker.

Regional Bar : Midland Circuit


Within: Crime – Leading juniors

Ben Mills - St Philips Chambers ‘A marvellous advocate.’

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Within: Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Ben Mills - St Philips Chambers ‘He can immediately put clients at ease.’

Within: Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of St Philips Chambers’ regulatory team handle a variety of health and safety and licensing matters; for example, Ben Mills appeared in HSE v Tata Steel UK Ltd, which addressed the application of the Definitive Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences to cases of serious accidents at work.

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