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St John's Buildings

Chambers of Richard Norton

24A-28 ST JOHN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 4DJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 214 1500
Fax:
Fax 0161 835 3929
DX:
728861 MANCHESTER 4
Email:
Web:
www.stjohnsbuildings.co.uk
Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield

Ben Lawrence

Tel:
Work 0161 214 1500
Email:
Web:
stjohnsbuildings.com/people/ben-lawrence
St John's Buildings (Chambers of Richard Norton)

Work Department

Crime; personal injury.

Position


Ben's main area of specialism is crime. He both defends and prosecutes. He has defended in cases of the utmost seriousness, including murder, rape, sex trafficking, conspiracy, complex frauds and money laundering.

Through a strong grasp of the law and the facts of each case, Ben provides straightforward advice and represents clients robustly and with tenacity.

Ben is a category 4 prosecutor and is on the rape, Proceeds of Crime and fraud panels. He was on the former RCPO panel and continues to receive instructions from the central fraud group.

He is regularly instructed as a junior in complex cases, including drugs, money laundering and attempted murder. He has prosecuted trials instructed by the CCU.

Ben frequently appears before the Court of Appeal, including successfully arguing a legal point in the leading authority on sections 119 & 122 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003: see R -v- Hulme [2007] 1 Cr.App.R. 26.

Ben’s main specialism within crime is fraud. He prosecutes and defends and accepts instructions from legally aided or privately paying clients. His thorough preparation and consequent knowledge of a case is key to representing his clients. It also allows him to bring life to a case before a jury.

Ben has experience of all major types of fraud, including missing trader frauds, corporate frauds, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, short and long firm frauds, alcohol, cigarette and tobacco duty evasion, VAT frauds, NHS frauds and trademark offences.

Ben is available to advise and represent clients at all stages of a case.Ben has particular expertise in all aspects of the Proceeds of Crime Act and its predecessors.
He has experience of all major types of fraud, including missing trader frauds, corporate frauds, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, short and long firm frauds, alcohol, cigarette and tobacco duty evasion, VAT frauds, NHS frauds and trademark offences.

Ben is also part of SJB Chambers’ strong Court of Protection team. where his main expertise is in health and welfare cases. 

Career

Called 2003; Lincoln’s Inn.

Education

Denes High School, Suffolk; University of Manchester (2001 LLB Hons).


Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Crime

Within: Leading Juniors

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