Mr Ben Collins QC > Chambers of Oliver Segal QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oliver Segal QC
Old Square Chambers
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Work Department

Employment, clinical negligence, personal injury and professional regulatory & discipline.


High-profile practice in an unusually wide range of fields: major cases in employment, clinical negligence, regulatory, PI, public law and human rights. Particular expertise in the health sector, with huge experience of representing healthcare professionals and employers in employment, regulatory, disciplinary and civil proceedings. Appears regularly in High Court and tribunals in public sector and large commercial employment disputes. Major practice in very high value clinical negligence, personal injury, inquests and associated public law and human rights challenges. Leading expert in criminal injuries compensation. Extensive experience in military claims. Notable cases (over 25 reported in last 5 years) include: R (DSD) v Parole Board [2018] HRLR 12 (challenge to John Worboys release); Gilham v MOJ [2018] ICR 827 (employment status of judges); Y v FTT [2017] 4 WLR 60 (status of unborn child); Wasteney v ELFT [2016] ICR 643 (religious discrimination); Child Soldiers v MOD [2016] 1 WLR 1062 (age discrimination in Army); CP v FTT [2015] QB 459 (criminalisation of drinking in pregnancy); a series of claims arising from injuries of utmost severity.


Called (MT) 1996, QC 2016. Recorder. Special Advocate. Attorney-General’s A Panel (before taking silk). IPC Anti-doping adjudicator. Called to Bar of Northern Ireland.


Contributing Editor to ‘Professional Negligence and Liability’ (Informa). Consultant Editor to ‘Criminal Injuries Compensation’ (OUP)


ELA, PNBA, PIBA, ARDL, ELBA, Justice, Liberty.


Educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry and Queens’ College Cambridge.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Ben Collins QCOld Square ChambersAlways 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.

Old Square Chambers has ‘a reputation for able and honourable barristers‘, and the set has ‘really bright sparks emerging especially in the younger generation‘. As well as handling catastrophic injury claims, practitioners are also instructed in international group litigation and psychiatric injury work. In addition, Paul Rose QC and Ben Collins QC have a particular focus on representing severely injured service personnel. Brian Cummins acts for the largest core participant group in the Infected Blood Inquiry, a significant statutory inquiry into the infection of a haemophiliac and other patients with contaminated blood products. Also at the junior end, the ‘excellentCharles Woodhouse is ‘just about the best barrister in the PI business‘ and ‘at the top of his game‘.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Ben Collins QCOld Square ChambersA go-to silk. Comes across as very unflappable and instils confidence.

At Old Square Chambers, the ‘knowledge and experience of their barristers in clinical negligence is formidable‘, making this a ‘very well-organised set with strength at all levels‘. This set offers clients ‘heavyweight silks, busy juniors and superlative clerks‘, and, alongside the long-standing claimant work undertaken by practitioners, ‘defendant work has seen a surge‘. Ben Collins QC successfully represented the claimant in Douse v Western Sussex NHS Trust, a £10m claim arising from delayed delivery by caesarean section. Collins QC is also acting for multiple claimants in Stewart and others v Secretary of State for Health, which deals with claims arising from the infected blood scandal, along with Victoria Webb.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Ben Collins QCOld Square ChambersAn experienced special advocate who shows sound judgement in everything he does.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Ben Collins QCOld Square ChambersHe 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.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Ben Collins QCOld Square ChambersAlways 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.