Ben Mills > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
55 TEMPLE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B2 5LS
England

Work Department

St Philips Regulatory

Position

For the past decade, Ben has been consistently recognised by the industry directories as a leader in his field. He practises predominantly in regulatory crime (health and safety, consumer protection, fraud, environmental crime and inquests) along with associated complex confiscation proceedings.He has been appointed to the highest tier (Panel A) on the Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates. 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], the leading authority on the CPUT Regulations 2008 and the application of recklessness to corporate entities. He appeared in the leading health and safety cases Tata Steel [2017], Diamond Box [2017], Lear [2018] and Faltec [2019], and the environmental law case of EA v McIntosh [2019]. During the House of Lords expenses scandal, he was instructed to advise a life peer in all pre-charge matters and police interviews. Twice nominated for Birmingham Law Society’s Barrister of the Year. He also sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court.

Career

Called 2000, Inner Temple; Law Commission Research Assistant 2000-2001; joined St Philips Chambers 2001; appointed to the Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates (Panel A); January 2016 appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court; Deputy Head of the St Philips Regulatory Group. Publications of note: contributing editor: ‘Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice’, Jordans/LexisNexis 2013 to 2019.

Languages

Fluent French.

Memberships

Midland Circuit.

Education

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

Leisure

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

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ben MillsSt Philips Chambers ‘Ben always provides the highest quality advice in regulatory cases. He is very approachable and always responds without delay.’

The St Philips Chambers regulatory team of ‘highly effective advocates both at trial and on appeal’ has ‘strength in depth covering all major fields of regulatory activity’. Ben Mills garners praise for ‘attention to detail and meticulous preparation’ and successfully prosecuted a defendant who posed as a travel agent and defrauded more than 300 elderly people. Health and safety matters specialist James Puzey regularly handles fatal accident cases, and Jonathan Barker is described as ‘an excellent communicator’.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ben MillsSt Philips Chambers ‘Ben has a relaxed and reassuring manner and cannot be fazed and is unflappable in court. He is collegiate and has very good working relationships with adversaries and benches and is a master tactician.’