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Welcome to

New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Ben Campbell 2008

Ben Campbell 2008

Ben Joined Chambers in 2009 and completed his pupillage with Nicholas Lumley.  Since then he has been commanding an expanding practice in a number of fields, with a focus on crime, employment, and personal injury work.  Ben has a sensible and realistic approach to cases and enjoys good working relationships with both professional and lay clients.  He is comfortable undertaking doing work of all levels, and thrives on the challenges that are thrown up by complex legal issues.Prior to joining chambers Ben enjoyed spending time working in the offices of busy local criminal solicitors, and has also had the benefit of work experience in a commercial firm in Nairobi. Away from the Bar, Ben is a ski leader for the Ski Club of Great Britain and, in that capacity, is responsible for the safety of groups of differing abilities, often on dangerous off-piste terrain. Ben has a working knowledge of French.

Specialisms and examples of recent work

Ben undertakes prosecution and defence work in equal measure at all levels throughout the criminal jurisdiction, having appeared at Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, as well as the Court of Appeal. Ben is a CPS level 3 prosecutor.

Current and recent work:

Recently secured a conviction in a difficult and sensitive case involving threats to kill made in a domestic context.

Secured the acquittal, after a trial, of a tour operator driver accused of dangerous driving.

Instructed in a number of cases involving the non-payment of substantial excise duty on cigarettes.

Regular work, both prosecuting and defending involving non-fatal offences against the person, predominantly offences of affray and assaults occasioning actual and grievous bodily harm.

Secured a conviction in a case of arson with intent to endanger life.

Instructed in a case involving theft from employee and fraud by abuse of position which led to proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Experience of enforcement proceedings, particularly in relation to compensation orders.

Instructed in cases involving restraining orders, football banning orders, antisocial behavior orders and the like.

Has represented prisoners both in adjudication and parole board hearings successfully.

Personal Injury

Ben works both in representing and advising parties in personal injury work.  He is predominantly instructed in relation to road traffic accidents but also, with increasing frequency, in employer’s and occupier’s liability cases. He has experience in cases involving multiple vehicles, allegations of staged accidents, and cases involving credit hire issues.

Current and recent work includes:

Regular instructions in Infant Approval cases.

Disposal hearings.

Personal injuries following road traffic accidents, often also involving damage to vehicles and credit hire charges.  Has been instructed in relation to allegedly fraudulent road traffic collisions.

Has successfully represented Claimants on Appeal against decisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.  Ben has secured significant awards in this capacity in relation to Chronic Pain Disorder.

Instructed in cases under the Occupiers’ and Employment Liability Acts.

Represented the Local Authority in a case under the Mental Health Act.

Regularly advises on issues of both quantum and liability.

Employment

In an increasingly busy employment practice, Ben has experience of a broad range of disputes across the employment law spectrum.  His practice encompasses unfair and wrongful dismissal, redundancy, breach of contract, non-payment of wages, both sexual and racial discrimination and victimization claims.  Ben receives instructions from employers and employees in equal measure.

Recently Ben has;

Represented an Employer, a farmer, who, although he had unfairly dismissed an employee, did not have to pay a significant award due to the employee’s own actions, in reliance on the case of Polkey.

Successfully represented the employee, a nursery nurse,who was found to have been unfairly dismissed after a full hearing and awarded substantial sums in compensation.

Successfully represented a Head of Service of a local Council, who was found to have been unfairly dismissed when the Employer’s redundancy selection procedure failed.

Experience in dealing with issues of protected disclosures, victimization, discrimination and contractual breaches.

Other Work

Claims under the Police Property Act for the return of goods held by the Police.

Has appeared for the Claimant on a pro-bono basis in a case which found its way to the multi-track in which the Police executed a search warrant unlawfully.  The Claimant, after trial, was awarded significant damages.

Represented a Claimant who was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned, and was awarded compensation for false imprisonment.

Talks and Presentations

Ben has given seminars on the subject of Discrimination within Employment Law, and is a member of Park Court Chambers Employment Team, who provide a regular seminar programme.

Ben also trains officers of the Serious Organised Crime Association, as well as the Department for Work and Pensions, on Court etiquette and procedures.  This training involves both a seminar on the subject, and exercises designed to familiarise potential witnesses with the way in which a day at court takes place, and a demonstration of both examination in chief and cross examination.