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Ben Bentley

Ben Bentley

Ben Bentley

Barrister (Partner)

About Ben

Ben graduated from Cambridge University in 2005 and was awarded the Middle Temple Astbury Scholarship to train as a Barrister. As a Manchester based Partner at the firm, Ben is now approved by the Bar Standards Board to act as a Pupil Supervisor in coaching and mentoring pupil barristers through to full qualification.

Ben is instructed as lead counsel on behalf of the Teaching Regulation Agency which regulates the teaching profession throughout England. He is often asked to contribute to public policy decisions in the development of teacher regulation and professional discipline within the Department for Education generally.

In a six week long social care inquest involving the death of a 15 year old looked after child in a youth justice centre, instructed by a local authority, Ben was successful in narrowing the scope of an Article 2 inquest by opposing the submissions made by the QC instructed on behalf of the family; and in subsequently seeing the human rights claim brought against the authority struck out in High Court proceedings. He has extensive experience acting for public sector bodies in connection with Serious Case Review deaths and matters concerning the safeguarding of children.

In addition to the work Ben undertakes for the Department for Education, his practice also extends to advising upon and defending claims of Disability Discrimination and Special Educational Needs appeals brought against local authorities and other educational institutions. In one noteworthy case, Ben also secured an injunction on behalf of a Head teacher under the Protection from Harassment Act.

Ben’s principal practice area is inquests and he is often instructed by NHS Trusts including mental health authorities to represent their interests. This often includes acting in complex multi-day inquests including offender healthcare and prison related deaths requiring careful cross-examination of medical expert witnesses. Ben is also able to advise on clinical negligence matters including drafting pleadings and attending court in respect to interlocutory matters.

Separately, Ben has been instructed by the Care Quality Commission on numerous occasions to attend Court on an emergency basis to obtain urgent cancellation of registration against care providers.

Ben cut his teeth at Browne Jacobson acting on insurance matters including professional negligence and road traffic matters. Subsequently he has progressed to acting on fast track and multi-track matters in employer’s and public liability matters and achieved some notable victories on behalf of insurer clients. He is also widely called upon to advise upon and represent in respect of awkward or technically complex Civil Procedure Rule matters.

Further, Ben has also been instructed on professional negligence matters and in one significant claim by a private company against a government body succeeded in recovering over £2.8m in complex arbitration proceedings.

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