Barrister Ben Isaacs

Ben Isaacs

Year of call: 2009  

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“Commitment to clients, coupled with realistic advice about what the litigation could achieve led to a good outcome.”

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Overview


Ben’s practice is increasingly focused on financial and business crime and related civil, public and regulatory work. He also has particular experience in international criminal law and extradition.

Corruption & White Collar Crime

Ben undertakes cases concerning malfeasance in public office, civil and criminal fraud, international corruption, money laundering and confiscation. His clients include businesses, high net-worth individuals, politicians and domestic and offshore government agencies. His work often involves an international element and overlapping criminal and civil litigation.

Ben is on the Metropolitan Police list of independent counsel and regularly advises on difficult issues surrounding disclosure and legal professional privilege.

Extradition

In 2011 Ben was seconded to the Extradition Unit of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS. He has acted on hundreds of extradition requests and is regularly instructed in extradition matters both at first instance and on appeal in the High Court. He represents both requested persons and requesting states in Part 1 and Part 2 cases. He has a particular interest in cases involving alleged abuses of the Interpol notification system.

Employment

Ben provides advice and representation to both companies and individuals as to their rights and obligations in the employment context from the earliest stages of a potential dispute, often before a dismissal/resignation has taken place and, where necessary, through to tribunal.

He has gained particular experience in claims of discrimination on the grounds of race and sex and those where unilateral changes to an individual’s role are alleged to have been imposed.

Arbitration

Ben has a growing practice in international arbitration and has been instructed in a series of cases under the DIFC-LCIA rules.

Complex Fraud Employment Offshore & International Crime

Complex Fraud


Ben undertakes cases concerning malfeasance in public office, civil and criminal fraud, international corruption, money laundering and confiscation. His clients include businesses, high net-worth individuals, politicians and domestic and offshore government agencies. His work often involves an international element and overlapping criminal and civil litigation.

Memberships


  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Extradition Lawyers Association

Complex Fraud Cases


  • MacDonald v Czech Republic (2014):  Appearing for requested person accused of importation of controlled drugs. Issues included autrefois acquit and abuse of process.
  • Republic of Turkey v Akgul (2014):  Request for extradition of individual accused of assisting terrorist organization.
  • Holman v Poland [2012] EWHC 1503 (Admin):  This case was concerned with the proper construction of the statutory provisions relating to mistreatment of requested persons in prison.
  • The Queen on the Application of Gniadek v Regional Court Tarnow in Poland (2012):  The impact of s.240A of the CJA 2003 on Article 26 of the Framework Decision on Extradition.

Employment


Ben provides advice and representation to both companies and individuals as to their rights and obligations in the employment context from the earliest stages of a potential dispute, often before a dismissal/resignation has taken place and, where necessary, through to tribunal.

He has gained particular experience in claims of discrimination on the grounds of race and sex and those where unilateral changes to an individual’s role are alleged to have been imposed

Memberships


  • Employment Lawyers Association

Employment Cases


  • Zeeshan and Others v Wilson James Limited (2014):  Successfully represented multiple claimants in the East London Employment Tribunal in an action for unfair dismissal arising from a redundancy process in which zero hours contractors unfairly excluded from candidate pool.
  • K v S (2013):  Acting on behalf of a respondent in the Croydon Employment Tribunal regarding a call centre managing business which employed 55,000 people worldwide and 650 at the site in question. Claim for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination defeated. Successfully argued claimant’s choice of comparator inappropriate.

Offshore & International


Ben has been instructed in cases in the UK, the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Gulf and South East Asia. He is experienced in international matters involving civil and commercial law (particularly fraud), arbitration, financial regulation and international crime.

Ben has particular experience in extradition law and regularly appears for both requesting states and requested persons at first instance and on appeal in Part 1 and Part 2 cases. He also advises on cases involving alleged abuse of the Interpol notification system and challenges thereto.

Memberships


International Bar Association

Offshore & International Cases


  • AG of the Turks and Caicos Islands v (1)Padgett and (2)OPD:  Led junior in overlapping civil and criminal proceedings brought by the Attorney General of a British Overseas Territory

Crime


Ben prosecutes and defends in cases of the utmost seriousness across the Midlands and South Eastern Circuit. He is instructed in all types of cases involving violence, drugs, sexual offences, and offences of dishonesty. Acting alone he has conducted cases involving allegations of perverting the course of justice, fraud, conspiracy to supply class A drugs, rape and other sexual offences, robbery and serious violence. He is also regularly instructed as a led junior, often from a very early stage in proceedings and has significant experience handling document heavy cases.

Crime Cases


  • Operation Hydros (on-going):  Ben is instructed to prosecute a case arising out of a year long investigation into a conspiracy to supply class A drugs in Leicestershire.
  • R v Reynolds and Others (2014): Benrepresented a vulnerable female defendant in a long-running prosecution for conspiracy to supply multi-commodity drugs arising from a series of police raids in Lincolnshire.
  • Operation Mantra (2014): Ben appeared as junior for the Crown in a prosecution of an organized criminal group involved in the large scale production, supply and distribution of multi commodity controlled drugs in to the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas.
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How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email: clerks@7br.co.uk.

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