Benjamin Newton > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers
53-54 DOUGHTY STREET
LONDON
WC1N 2LS
England

Work Department

Position

Benjamin Newton is instructed to defend those accused of the most serious and complex criminal offences, and regularly appears in high profile and legally significant cases.

Benjamin was awarded Crime Junior of the Year at the 2019 Chambers and Partners Bar Awards, and is ranked in Band 1 in Crime, where he is described as

‘A leading junior who garners respect and is labelled as a “diligent barrister” who “gets fantastic results.” Praised for his sensitive cross-examinations and skilful client care, he has appeared in numerous headline-grabbing cases in recent years. “An impressive advocate with a keen eye for detail who is able to empathise with clients.”  “He is really hard-working, very responsive and someone who has a lovely manner with clients.”’

Their sources say that “Benjamin Newton is superb.  He’s very thorough and likeable, and is fantastic with clients.  No matter what kind of client or what kind of case he gets their trust and respect very quickly.  What’s more, he’s a fantastic advocate – very persuasive.  He’s very attentive, articulate, and good with detail.”  It is also said “He’s an excellent advocate with regard to higher courts appellate work.”  Sources for their Fraud section say “He has an excellent eye for detail, is very practical in terms of getting to the heart of what the issues are, and he is able to come up with solutions. He shows very good judgement.” 

He is also rated by The Legal 500, which describes him as ‘A real jury advocate with the gift of oratory’. Their sources describe “A thorough, caring and articulate barrister” and “An exceptional junior who obtains excellent results” (Crime), “Completely attentive and client oriented” (Fraud).

Benjamin has substantial experience across all areas of criminal law, but has particular expertise in relation to financial crime, serious sexual offences, and murder/manslaughter. In addition to criminal trials, he regularly advises on and conducts fresh criminal appeals, and has expertise in extradition, courts martial proceedings, and criminal-related public law. 

Career

Called 2004.

Memberships

Fraud Lawyers Association

Criminal Bar Association

Lawyers for Liberty

Education

Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend; Jesus College, Oxford University (2002, BA Hons, philosophy, politics and economics); City University (2003, postgraduate diploma in law; 2004, BVC).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Benjamin NewtonDoughty Street ChambersA great strategist. He is a real team player. He never misses a trick, he’s always one or two steps ahead of the opponent. He also has an impressive encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and is one of the most highly skilled advocates I know who is also able to put clients at ease.

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘an excellent set‘ with ‘a huge range of very talented barristers‘. Defence work is a core pillar of strength for the set, alongside its established capabilities in criminal appeals and terrorism cases. Katy Thorne QC led Kate O’Raghallaigh in defending Adrian Hoare against charges of manslaughter after her three-year-old son died from asphyxiation after being allegedly crushed to death behind a car seat; Hoare was acquitted of manslaughter but received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Emma Goodall acted for Sajid Idris, who pled guilty to four counts of distributing terrorist material; he received a suspended sentence. Liam Walker and Benjamin Newton represented Alice Cutter and Mark Jones, respectively, who were convicted of being members of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action in a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict in an earlier trial.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Benjamin NewtonDoughty Street ChambersBen is a phenomenally intellectual person who is very compassionate with clients. He is reliable and dependable. An iron fist in a velvet glove.

A very good set that has real breadth and depth in terms of expertise‘ and ‘a huge pool of very talented barristers‘, Doughty Street Chambers‘ recent instructions include boiler room cases, carbon credit frauds, and tax evasion matters. In recent work of particular note, Benjamin Newton successfully defended Marcus Allen, one of eight defendants on trial for an alleged carbon credits fraud; Allen was acquitted following the trial’s collapse when an expert witness was discredited. In August 2020, Jonathan Lennon joined from Carmelite Chambers.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices in London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague, Doughty Street Chambers has a wealth of expertise in public, civil liberties, criminal, and associated practice areas, and is among the top ten chambers for most leading junior and rising star rankings in the 2021 guide. Ben Cooper QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020. The set was further strengthened by a host of new members. In the public law and civil liberties and human rights teams, Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh, and Anthony Vaughan arrived from Garden Court Chambers. Sarah Palin joined the media and information law team from 1 Brick Court, while Beth Grossman  joined from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers; Jonathan Lennon  joined the crime team from Carmelite Chambers, as did Peta-Louise Bagott  from Kingsley Napley and Rabah Kherbane  from 2 Bedford Row; Leonie Hirst joined the Court of Protection and mental health team; Alice Irving joined the housing and social welfare team. In other news, Stephen Cragg QC and Benjamin Newton  have been appointed as Recorders, sitting on the South Eastern and Western Circuit respectively, and David Lammy MP joined as an associate tenant.

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices in London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague, Doughty Street Chambers has a wealth of expertise in public, civil liberties, criminal, and associated practice areas, and is among the top ten chambers for most leading junior and rising star rankings in the 2021 guide. Ben Cooper QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020. The set was further strengthened by a host of new members. In the public law and civil liberties and human rights teams, Stephen Knafler QC has joined from Landmark Chambers, while Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh, and Anthony Vaughan arrived from Garden Court Chambers. Sarah Palin joined the media and information law team from 1 Brick Court, while Beth Grossman  joined from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers; Jonathan Lennon joined the crime team from Carmelite Chambers, as did Peta-Louise Bagott  from Kingsley Napley and Rabah Kherbane from 2 Bedford Row; Leonie Hirst joined the Court of Protection and mental health team; Alice Irving joined the housing and social welfare team. In other news, Stephen Cragg QC and Benjamin Newton  have been appointed as Recorders, sitting on the South Eastern and Western Circuit respectively, and David Lammy MP joined as an associate tenant.