Benjamin Nolan QC > Chambers of John Elvidge QC > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of John Elvidge QC
Dere Street Barristers


Described in Chambers 500 as “A well-known Circuit Heavyweight in Serious Crime,” Ben has a wealth of experience in top-level Crime. During his 20 years in silk he has led in over a hundred murder cases many of them gangland killings involving ballistic evidence both in the UK and in other Commonwealth jurisdictions. Of particular interest are cases with an international co-operation element such as extradition and the use of evidence obtained abroad pursuant to Letters of Request and The Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 and its statutory predecessors. Ben has considerable experience in drugs smuggling cases involving massive importations into the UK and the alleged inducing of drug trafficking offences overseas. He is considered to be a skilled cross examiner of expert witnesses, particularly medical experts and his skills have been deployed in alleged child killing cases (the so-called shaken baby syndrome) and in trials involving psychiatric issues. Ben has been invited to review the medico-legal element of reference works on forensic psychiatry. In his fraud practice Ben has developed a particular interest in food-safety frauds and is instructed to advise on the regulatory aspects of food safety and the enforcement of food safety standards. In this respect, in particular, his practice crosses over from crime to regulatory and civil litigation, particularly in product liability cases. He also undertakes personal injury claims involving catastrophic injuries and complex medical issues. Ben also practises from chambers in Leeds, Manchester and London. Criminal law: during his twenty four years in Silk, Ben has prosecuted and defended in a number of high profile criminal cases. He has now led in over one hundred murder cases, many of them gangland shootings. He also has considerable expertise in food safety scandal cases. Ben is on the approved Serious Fraud Office Panel of Queen’s Counsel. Personal injury: Ben regularly advises and appears for claimants in catastrophic injury civil claims where damages run to millions of pounds, including clinical negligence and product liability cases. He represented Paul Mosley, who was convicted with his co-accused, Mick Philpott and Mairead Philpott, of six counts of manslaughter, each count representing the death of a child. The children died as a direct result of a fire deliberately set by all three defendants. The victims of the fire were the children of Mick and Mairead Philpott.


Called 1971; Middle Temple; Silk 1992.


North Eastern Circuit Criminal Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.