Ben Summers > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings


Ben was called to the Bar in 1994 and joined QEB Hollis Whiteman where he was in independent practice for eight years. He joined white collar firm Peters & Peters in March 2003 and was appointed as a partner in 2007. In May 2009 Ben resumed independent practice at the Bar and joined Three Raymond Buildings. Ben has a practice in financial and business crime, professional discipline, inquests & public inquiries and regulatory matters, with specialist experience in data protection enforcement and compliance issues, including corruption & bribery. He has acted in some of the largest fraud and corruption matters over recent years including LIBOR, Innospec, Oil for Food, Johnson & Johnson, Torex Retail, Vantis Tax and FH Bertling. He regularly defends in matters prosecuted by the SFO and FCA; he is also instructed by the FCA in insider dealingand market manipulation matters.  Ben acts for the ICO, individuals & corporates in data protection and e-commerce matters; he has been instructed for both prosecution and defence in matters arising from Operations Millipede & Spruce and he acted for the ICO in the SCL / Cambridge Analytica case.  Ben has appeared in numerous discipline hearings and inquests, and at public inquires such as the Baha Mousa Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.


Called 1994; advocacy trainer for Inner Temple.


Chairman of the Fraud Advisory Panel’s Data Protection Sub-Committee; IBA; CBA; Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers; Fraud Lawyers Association.


University of Sussex (LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Ben SummersThree Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings ‘boasts a breadth and depth of business crime lawyers’, who have a wealth of experience of investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of bribery and corruption, corporate fraud, and anti-competitive conduct, among other offences. Chambers’ notable workload includes some of the most closely-watched SFO investigations over the years in sectors such as manufacturing and mining; Hugo Keith QC is highly regarded in this space, while Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC and James Hines QC are also appointed to the SFO’s panel of silks. The set is also routinely instructed with respect to significant multi-jurisdictional issues, such as violations of international economic sanctions regimes, an area in which Rachel Barnes has niche expertise. In addition to their advocacy skills, multiple members, including Patrick Gibbs QC and Ben Summers, are also well-versed in advisory and compliance work for both companies and individuals relating to potential exposure to risk or criminal liability. Summers returned from a 17-month secondment at Hogan Lovells International LLP in August 2021. Alexander Cameron QC retired in November 2020.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Ben SummersThree Raymond BuildingsBen is an experienced and calm advocate and a fantastic negotiator. He is very client focused and gives a lot of thought to strategy.’

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Ben SummersThree Raymond BuildingsVery cerebral and an effective cross-examiner.