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

Doughty Street Chambers

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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. 


Called 2004.


Fraud Lawyers Association

Criminal Bar Association

Lawyers for Liberty


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 Newton – Doughty Street Chambers ‘Ben is just extraordinary. He is super bright with a forensic eye for detail. He is super efficient and organised, carefully managing and analysing material. However small and apparently inconsequential a detail or document may be, he will be able to identify and comment on it in an instant. He is the real deal.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Benjamin Newton – Doughty Street Chambers ‘Benjamin is great with clients and a pleasure to work with. He is very calm and reassuring. He gives clear, accessible and smart advice. He is one of the best senior juniors around.’ 

With ‘real strength in depth’, Doughty Street Chambers is ‘a go-to set for financial crime’, defending and prosecuting high-profile cases and major investigations brought by the SFO, FCA and other regulatory bodies. In R v James Stunt & 12 others Richard Fisher KC represents James Stunt, former son-in-law of ex-Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone, in a high-profile money-laundering prosecution concerning events which allegedly saw £266m deposited in the account of a gold dealer in Bradford. Peter Caldwell defended a Lebanese businessman, who was the subject of a private prosecution related to fraud, the proceeds of which were alleged to fund his divorce from his wife, who left him for footballer Cesc Fabregas. In another case Benjamin Newton defends a woman accused of exaggerating her care needs to receive £700,000 in direct payment from Hertfordshire County Council for over a decade.