Ben Douglas-Jones QC

1998 (QC 2018)

"extremely bright and extremely able with the ability to marshal cases of the utmost complexity"

- Legal 500


Ben comes consistently highly recommended in the legal directories for Criminal Fraud, Business Crime, Consumer Law (trading standards, trade marks, copyright, consumer protection offences) and Crime.

Ben defends professional and corporate clients including public limited companies. He prosecutes for the Serious Fraud Office and is a Level 4 CPS panel prosecutor on three panels: Fraud, Serious Crime and Proceeds of Crime (South Eastern, London and non-London and Wales and Chester).

In December 2017, it was announced that he is to be appointed as Queen’s Counsel - he will take silk on 26th February 2018.

Ben prosecutes for the Specialist Fraud Division, Appeals and Review Unit, Organised Crime Division, Proceeds of Crime Unit of CPS Headquarters.  He prosecutes for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, local authorities.

He practises in all fraud, including mortgage, Excise, Hawala, advance fee (419), boiler room, MTIC, NHS, dental, pharmaceutical, Internet, car-ringing, gambling, banking, cheque clearing cycle, insurance and banking fraud.

Ben is a member of the Fraud Advisory Panel and the Fraud Lawyers' Association.

Ben’s regulatory practice extends to all areas of consumer law, with an emphasis on trade-marks and copyright law, criminal planning, food safety and environmental health.

Ben’s human rights practice has seen him appear in scores of leading and reported cases, including the recent VSJ [2017] 1 Cr. App. R. 33; Ordu [2017] 1 Cr. App. R. 2; Zaredar [2016] EWCA Crim 877; Boateng [2016] 2 Cr. App. R. 5; YY [2016] 1 Cr. App. R. 28; (human trafficking and asylum) and Ewing [2016] 1 Cr. App. R. 32 (free speech); R(DPP) v Leicester [2016] 1 Cr. App. R. 5 (self-incrimination).

Ben is an Editor of Southwell, Brewer and Douglas-Jones, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law and Practice (Bloomsbury) to be published in 2018. At the invitation of the DPP, Ben co-wrote the CPS Guidance on charging and prosecuting victims of human trafficking (see Publications). He co-wrote the Law Society Guidance on Immigration Crime.

Ben prosecutes and defends in serious criminal cases, including murder, sexual and drug offences.

He has vast experience in restraint, confiscation and s.10A Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 interventions and receivership proceedings.

Ben conducts second-opinion defence appellate work where he did not appear in the Crown Court and is instructed by the CPS Appeals Unit in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

He also has significant expertise in miscarriage of justice work having represented Colin Stagg and secured his £706,000 compensation for Stagg’s wrongful indictment for the murder of Rachel Nickell.

Ben’s civil practice centres on judicial review and fraud.

Ben is also an attorney-at-law in Grenada, with rights of audience in the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.

As well as being a tenant in 5 Paper Buildings, he is a door tenant in Apex Chambers, Cardiff and Linenhall Chambers, Chester.

Ben is a qualified advocacy trainer for Gray's Inn.

Ben was called to the Bar in 1998.

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Notable cases

Human Rights

Consumer and Restraint

Serious Crime


Publications and Seminars