Ben Jaffey is a silk with a wide-ranging Claimant and Defendant public law, financial services and regulatory law practice and great experience of complex, novel and high-profile litigation. He is ranked in both of the leading legal directories. 

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Public & Regulatory

Ben has a wide-ranging public and regulatory practice. He appears for and advises claimants and defendants, including companies, central government, local authorities, public interest groups, individuals and regulators. Before taking silk, he was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel and the Attorney General’s Public International Law A Panel. 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Ben has a wide-ranging Civil Liberties and Human Rights practice. He appears for and advises claimants and defendants, including companies, central government, local authorities, public interest groups, individuals and regulators. Before taking silk, he was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel and the Attorney General’s Public International Law A Panel.

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Financial Services

Ben has an extensive regulatory law practice and has considerable experience before numerous regulatory tribunals, including the RDC and Upper Tribunal. He acts for individuals, firms, the FCA and foreign regulators.

Ben is currently instructed by regulators, financial institutions and individuals in relation to allegations of mis-selling, market abuse, LIBOR issues and systems and controls failures. Many of these cases are confidential and cannot be referred to here.

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Commercial

Ben is regularly instructed in major commercial disputes, especially those with a financial services or civil fraud element. 

He has particular experience in commercial fraud cases and cases requiring without notice interim relief including freezing orders, search orders and obtaining Norwich Pharmacal relief. 

For example, Ben acted for Lebara Mobile in urgent interim injunction proceedings about IP blocking by Lyca Mobile (Lebara v Lyca [2015] EWHC 3318 (Ch)) and obtained Norwich Pharmacal relief for Karren Brady of West Ham Football Club against accountants engaged by Tottenham Hotspur who had obtained her bank and telephone records (Brady v PKF & Hill [2011] EWHC 3178 (QB)). He was the counsel for the Claimant in Campaign Against Arms Trade v BAE Systems Plc (2007), obtaining extensive Norwich Pharmacal relief (and the first without notice protective costs order) to force BAE to explain how and why it had obtained CAAT’s privileged legal documents. He also obtained a Norwich Pharmacal order for Binyam Mohamed requiring the Security Service to disclose evidence they held about the Claimant’s mistreatment by or on behalf of the USA.

Ben has particular experience in media disputes. He has acted for broadcasters, collecting societies, telecoms companies, record companies, film finance and distribution companies, artists, performers and managers in regulatory, commercial and employment disputes. 

Achievements

Education

Degree

MA Hons (Cantab)

Awards

Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year

In 2015, Ben won Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award.

Chambers UK Top Junior Bar 100 

In December 2013, Ben was ranked as one of Chambers UK’s Top Junior Bar 100, in their inaugural listing of the top barristers practising at the Bar of England & Wales. “Combines being very clever with also being very practical. He is quick, responsive, very clear, and an excellent all-rounder for someone still quite young."

Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • ALBA
  • FSLA
  • HRLA
  • Liberty
  • Justice
Ben is the Chair of the board of trustees of the Public Law Project, the legal charity promoting access to public law remedies.

Selected earlier reported cases

Public & Regulatory and Civil Liberties & Human Rights

  • R (Binyam Mohamed) v Foreign Secretary [2011] QB 218
  • R (Secretary of State) v Deputy Coroner (2010)
  • R (E) v JFS [2010] 2 AC 728
  • Northern Rock [2009] EWHC 227 (Admin)
  • R (Corner House Research & Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Serious Fraud Office [2009] 1 AC 756, House of Lords

Financial Services

  • Sea Containers [2008] UKPRT 5
  • Jabre v FSA [2006] UKFSM 36
  • Legal & General v FSA [2005] UKFSM 12

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