Barrister Ben Isaacs

Ben Isaacs

Year of call: 2009  


Ben is experienced in all areas of criminal litigation and defends and prosecutes across the criminal spectrum, especially cases involving allegations of bribery, money laundering, fraud, murder and multi-handed drugs conspiracies.

His advisory work is focused on on multi-jurisdictional investigations into fraud and corporate offending and he regularly appears in court on behalf of both prosecuting authorities and those under investigation. He is currently instructed by the SFO, CPS Complex Casework Units, the Specialist Fraud Division, the Extradition Unit as well as by individuals and businesses.

Ben has recently been appointed to the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel, the Counter-Terrorism Panel and the Serious Crime Panel.

Financial Crime

Financial 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.


  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Extradition Lawyers Association

Financial Crime 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.


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


  • 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

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.


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


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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