Ben specialises primarily in matrimonial finance. Ben’s practice encompasses high net worth money cases, cohabitation disputes, including applications for financial relief for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, child maintenance disputes and REMO cases. He has a particular interest in cases involving an international element or jurisdictional issues in all spheres of family law practice. Ben is particularly adept in handling cases with complex legal issues or where robust cross-examination is required.
Prior to joining FOURTEEN, Ben had a successful practice in the North East of England and retains strong links there. Ben is routinely instructed in complicated cases, particularly those involving offshore assets, detailed company accounts, nuptial agreements, trusts or cases involving concealed or dissipated assets. Ben frequently undertakes work in relation to international maintenance cases.
Ben is widely considered to give direct, robust advice in an approachable fashion. He is a qualified mediator and is able to offer early neutral evaluations in appropriate cases.
In addition to his financial practice, Ben undertakes private law Children Act work including internal and international relocation cases and international child abduction cases under the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions and Brussels IIR.
Ben has a strong background in public law proceedings, dealing with many cases that made national news. His workload included cases concerning Fabricated or Induced Illness, hypochondriasis, sexual abuse of children, shaken children and cases involving murder and serious injury to children. Ben does not now usually take on public law cases.
Ben is frequently instructed in the High Court and Court of Appeal and has appeared in the Supreme Court.