Barrister Ben Isaacs

Ben Isaacs

Year of call: 2009  

Overview


Ben is a highly determined and focused advocate. His experience of complex trials is unusual for somebody of his call. Increasingly focused on financial crime, he advises both prosecution and defence from the earliest stages of an investigation, through to the Court of Appeal.

He appears in court on a regular basis, most recently in cases of fraud, money laundering, and drug conspiracies. His advisory practice is focused on multi-jurisdictional investigations into fraud and corporate offending – both criminal and civil implications.

He also advises on matters to do with extradition and mutual legal assistance and appears on behalf of requested persons and foreign states in Westminster Magistrates’ Court and in the High Court.

He is currently instructed by the SFO on an investigation into corporate bribery, and is appointed to the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel, the Counter-Terrorism Panel and the Serious Crime Panel.

Appointments

  • SFO Panel (B)
  • CPS Specialist Fraud Division;
  • CPS Serious Crime Panel;
  • CPS Counter Terrorism Panel;
  • Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel

Memberships

  • Young Fraud Lawyers
  • Extradition Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association

Education

St Catherine’s, Oxford

Languages

Beginner’s Arabic, intermediate Spanish, fluent Hebrew.

Public Access

Ben is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

For further information please contact us.

Crime

Crime


Ben appears regularly in court. He is instructed by both prosecution and defence. Ben has achieved success in his own right and as a led junior in a number of high-profile cases involving allegations of fraud, money laundering, multi-handed drugs conspiracies and murder. He is appointed to the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel, the Counter-Terrorism Panel and the Serious Crime Panel.

Ben has also advised on civil proceedings and arbitrations where Fraud is alleged and judicial review actions, including cases relating to search warrants, decisions to prosecute, production orders, Serious Crime Prevention Orders, Interpol notices and more. He has provided substantial advice on private prosecutions and applications for the AG’s consent to prosecute.

He has defended and prosecuted cases involving alleged sexual offending of the utmost seriousness, and has particular experience of cases involving s.41 applications.

Crime Cases


  • R v Jervis and others (2018) Torture and murder of Leicester jeweller. Press coverage
  • Operation Hector (2018) Acting alone in 8 handed drugs conspiracy.
  • R v Albert Newton (2018) Multiple allegations of rape by defendant diagnosed with autism.
Financial Crime

Financial Crime


Ben’s practice is increasingly focused on financial crime. His experience of large-scale investigations and complex trials far exceeds that which would be expected for his year of call and he regularly advises both prosecuting authorities and defendants from the earliest stages of an investigation through to trial and the Court of Appeal.

His advisory work is focused on multi-jurisdictional investigations into fraud and corporate offending. He is currently instructed as first junior for the SFO on a high profile multi-jurisdictional investigation into one of the UK’s largest corporations in respect of bribery and corruption allegations.

In court, Ben has achieved success in his own right and as a led junior in a number of high-profile cases involving allegations of fraud, money laundering, multi-handed drugs conspiracies and murder. He appears for both the defence and the prosecution and is appointed to the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel, the Counter-Terrorism Panel and the Serious Crime Panel.

He also advises on matters to do with extradition and mutual legal assistance and appears on behalf of requested persons and foreign states in Westminster Magistrates’ Court and in the High Court.

Ben has also advised on civil proceedings and arbitrations where Fraud is alleged and judicial review actions, including cases relating to search warrants, decisions to prosecute, production orders, Serious Crime Prevention Orders, Interpol notices and more. He has provided substantial advice on private prosecutions and applications for the AG’s consent to prosecute.

Ben has provided seminars and training on a range of topics, most recently on the subject of privilege in the context of internal investigations following ENRC and Unexplained Wealth Orders.

Financial Crime Cases


  • SFO investigation into one of the UK’s largest companies in respect of bribery and corruption of foreign officials in multiple-jurisdictions (ongoing)
  • R v Khan and others (2018) The ‘crushed Ferrari’ case. High profile fraud and money laundering case.
  • R v Davis and Others (2018) Long running investigation involving a series of money-laundering conspiracies.
  • Operation Jade (2017) Long-running property fraud involving large corporate loser and overlapping civil proceedings with complicated disclosure issues.
  • Operation Bake (2017) Prosecution Junior. 13 handed case. Conspiracies to Blackmail, conceal criminal property and pervert the course of justice
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.

Offshore & International Cases


  • SFO investigation into one of the UK’s largest companies in respect of bribery and corruption of foreign officials in multiple-jurisdictions (ongoing).
  • USA v Fesenko (2017) Acting alone in defence of Requested Person facing extradition for wire fraud valued at $137m in the US.

How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

Privacy Notice


Ben is committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of individuals. In order to provide legal services, including advice and representation services, Ben needs to process personal data. This will include client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the course of any matter upon which he is instructed.

Ben will process personal data in accordance with his Privacy Policy.

Please click here to see how Ben will, absent any other arrangement with those instructing him, fulfil any Joint Controller responsibilities he may have under relevant data protection legislation.

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