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Old Square Chambers

Chambers of Mark Sutton QC

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Bristol, London

Ben Collins QC

Work 020 7269 0300
Old Square Chambers (Chambers of Mark Sutton QC)

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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.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Silks

Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersTrusted by the GLD with high-profile cases.

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Clinical negligence

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Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersHe has a very detailed and analytical approach to the evidence.

Within: Clinical negligence

The 'impressive' Old Square Chambers is well-established in the clinical negligence field and members are instructed in a wide ranger of cases for both defendants and claimants. Ben Collins QC successfully represented the claimant in Asante v Guy’s & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, a complex claim for inadequate management of sickle cell anaemia.

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Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersHis advocacy is always perfectly paced and structured, easy to follow but forensic in detail.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersVery good with clients and technically strong.

Within: Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

The 'impressive' Old Square Chambers is an 'excellent choice' in the personal injury market. The set has a longstanding reputation in successfully acting for claimants but has recently built a significant defendant presence. Members, particularly juniors, are highly-regarded for bringing 'different strengths to the table'. Paul Rose QC has extensive experience of acting for severely injured service personnel, which is also an area of expertise for Ben Collins QC, one of the leading experts on the law of criminal injuries compensation. Charles Woodhouse is noted for his proven track record acting for defendants in chronic pain and mild traumatic brain injury claims.

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