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Old Square Chambers Offices
Old Square Chambers
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Mr Ben Collins QC
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  HRLR 12 (challenge to John Worboys release); Gilham v MOJ  ICR 827 (employment status of judges); Y v FTT  4 WLR 60 (status of unborn child); Wasteney v ELFT  ICR 643 (religious discrimination); Child Soldiers v MOD  1 WLR 1062 (age discrimination in Army); CP v FTT  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(Personal injury - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3
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 ‘excellent‘ Charles Woodhouse is ‘just about the best barrister in the PI business‘ and ‘at the top of his game‘.
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.
Ben Collins QC –Old Square Chambers ‘He 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.’(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3