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St John's Buildings

Chambers of Sally Harrison QC

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 Sally Harrison QC)

Work Department

Crime; personal injury.

Position

Ben’s main area of practice is Crime. He both prosecutes and defends. 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, he 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 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.

He has a wealth of experience dealing with complex confiscation proceedings, including high value and high profile cases, equitable interests and hidden assets, and other aspects of proceeds of crime, such as pre-charge restraint, enforcement, contested High Court receivership applications and contested High Court certificates of inadequacy.

Career

Called 2003; Lincoln’s Inn.

Education

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


Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Crime

Within: Crime – Leading juniors

Ben Lawrence - St John's BuildingsHe has particular expertise in fraud matters.

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