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Practice Profile

Ben Holt became a tenant following completion of his pupillage in Chambers. During pupillage he was supervised by Sarah Forshaw QC and the late Richard Sones.

Ben appears in Crown Courts throughout London and the South East of England and has also appeared before the Court of Appeal. He is instructed equally to prosecute and defend in a wide variety of cases; specifically serious violence, dishonesty offences and drugs supply. Recently, Ben has been involved in a number of substantial cases involving fraud and money laundering (both acting as sole Counsel and being led). He has been instructed by the CPS Proceeds of Crime Unit to conduct confiscation hearings post-conviction.

Ben Holt spent the first nine months of 2016 working in-house at HSBC reviewing files relating to customers who were mis-sold hedging products.

He has specific experience in dealing with complicated disclosure issues; these have included the handling of particularly sensitive material and reviewing cases which have involved evidence from Covert Human Intelligence Sources. He has been instructed by the CPS to review disclosure on various matters and has worked together with the NCA and specialist units of the Metropolitan Police in this regard.

Ben regularly defends members of the Armed Forces; both in the civilian Court and the Court Martial. He has appeared in the Court Martial in the UK and abroad. He is fully aware of the specific issues that can arise when Service Personnel appear before the civilian Courts; both in terms the trial process and the impact that any sentence can have on their continued employment.

Ben Holt is able to accept instructions direct from the public in appropriate cases. For further information in this regard please contact the Senior Clerk.


Upcoming cases:

  • Operation Tandil [Croydon] 2017 - Prosecution of 13 defendants for violent disorder resulting from an incident at a bus stop in Croydon [leader Jonathan Polnay]. BBC news report
     
  • R v A [Snaresbrook] 2017 - Attempted Murder trial. Defendant is alleged to have driven onto a pavement and run over an acquaintance. Instructed to prosecute.
     
  • R v A [Isleworth] 2017 - Section 29 of the Offences Against the Person Act. The defendant is charged with throwing acid at the victim; thereby causing life changing injuries.

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