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Ben Bradley is recommended by the leading directories across his core practice areas of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Within those core fields, he also sub-specialises in Travel Law and Sports Law.
Described by Chambers & Partners as “…an extremely able barrister who performs well above his call”, Ben now predominantly focuses on acting in cases both for Claimants and Defendants, where individuals have suffered life changing or fatal injuries.
He currently acts as one of Chambers’ pupil supervisors.
Whilst Ben accepts instructions across all fields of clinical negligence practice, his predominant focus is on birth injury and spinal injury cases. Recent (capitalised) settlements over the last year include a c.£12m compromise following a mismanaged presentation of meningitis and c.£8m for a Claimant who suffered a spinal cord injury following a missed vertebral fracture. He is currently instructed in a number of ongoing cerebral palsy and birth injury cases.
Ben has significant experience of assisting in cross-jurisdictional cases, where clients either live or were injured overseas. He has run numerous clinical negligence cases for members of the UK military who were mistreated abroad. He also recently acted for a catastrophically injured member of the Saudi Navy who was injured in a UK hospital.
Ben receives regular instructions from the major Medical Defence Organisations, with a particular expertise of representing medical practitioners at Inquests, and in civil proceedings.
Ben is on the Spinal Injury Association’s list of approved counsel.
Recent instructions include acting for a number of Indian Nationals who all suffered serious injury (including brain and spinal injury) following a road traffic accident on the M40. Settlement was achieved at a level incorporating a more advantageous discount rate than that prescribed by the Lord Chancellor.
He regularly represents former (and current) members of the military in claims against the Ministry of Defence.
Ben has acted for numerous clients who have suffered chronic pain or somatoform-type disorders (see, for example: Downing v Peterborough & Stamford NHS Trust  EWHC 4216 (QB) – full liability award of c. £2.4m).
He acts for victims of historic sex abuse; he successfully appeared as junior counsel for the Claimant at trial in the first claim to be brought against the Watch Tower Society of Britain (Jehovah’s Witnesses) (A v The Trustees of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society  EWHC 1722 (QB)); and then acted alone in resisting the Defendant’s application for permission to appeal (reported at  EWCA Civ 1026).
Ben is regularly instructed to represent some of the country’s leading race trainers and riding schools to defend personal injury/equine claims which are brought against them.
Ben has undertaken cross-jurisdictional personal injury work since he started at the Bar, managing hundreds of group actions against major tour operators in the process. Recently, he has changed the emphasis of his Travel practice, focusing upon higher value cross-jurisdictional work.
By way of example, over the past two years, Ben has acted for over 1,000 Indian Nationals who variously suffered injuries whilst being exposed to mercury in thermometer factory; he also acted for a number of Indian Nationals who suffered serious injuries in a Road Traffic Accident whilst visiting the UK. Both cases concluded successfully. Ben has recently been instructed to act for a number of soldiers who suffered career ending injuries in a well-reported incident on a Voyager aircraft.
He continues to act in clinical negligence cases where individuals either reside overseas (and have been injured in the UK), or where UK residents have been subjected to clinical negligence abroad.
In 2017, Ben presented the APIL Introductory Course to Travel Litigation.
Young v AIG Europe  EWHC 2160 (QB); J.P.I. Law 2016, 1, C34-C36
C suffered Spinal Cord Injury in RTA causing paraplegia; followed by a stroke some weeks later. The issue was as to whether the stroke (causing hemiparesis) was caused by the index accident. Complex causation arguments were raised. The case was successful. With Gerard McDermott QC.
A v The Trustees of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society  EWHC 1722 (QB);  EWCA Civ 1026
First historic sex abuse claim to be brought against the Jehovah’s Witness Organisation. Ten day trial undertaken with James Counsell QC. Judgment was entered for the Claimant. The Defendant’s application for permission to appeal was refused by the Court of Appeal, following (unusually) contested oral argument. Ben acted alone in the Court of Appeal.
Downing v Peterborough & Stamford NHS Trust  EWHC 4216 (QB)
Claimant suffered debilitating chronic pain following an operation to (allegedly) cure his snoring. Quantum only trial. The Claimant received a £2.4m award (on a full liability basis; discounted to reflect previously agreed liability discount, based on 2.5% discount rate). Compromised in part on appeal thereafter. With Harry Trusted.
Nicklinson v Ministry of Justice & Others / AM v DPP & Others  A.C. 657;
R (on the application of Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions  1 A.C. 345.
Acted for an intervener during the two leading recent cases relating to Assisted Suicide in England and Wales.
Ben’s expertise in Sports Law covers acting in serious sports injury claims; disciplinary matters; and issues relating to the safeguarding of children.
He has significant expertise in the field of child abuse and safeguarding. He has brought numerous (often novel) civil actions against a variety of organisations, in relation to their safeguarding practices. He is currently instructed as junior counsel in wide ranging sexual and physical abuse claims against 2 Premier League Football Clubs. The cases again raise significant issues in relation to the safeguarding of children. He is well versed in providing non-contentious and contentious advice to sporting organisations regarding their general safeguarding practices; and can accept instructions to assist or engage in safeguarding investigations, as required.
Additionally, Ben has wide experience acting in equine cases. He has acted for a number of racehorse trainers and riding schools, defending serious personal injury claims raised against them. He has successfully defended such establishments on a number of occasions at trial.
Ben spent almost 10 years umpiring in the Derbyshire County League, and then latterly, the ECB Derbyshire Premier League; before taking on ECB appointments to the Womens’ County Championship and U19 County Fixtures. Ben is also an avid skier; and has been instructed in skiing related personal injury claims (in both civilian claims, and during military training exercises).
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Areas of Law
- Sports Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Personal Injury
- Child & Adult Abuse
- International Injury & Travel
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
- Mental Health
“He is intelligent, pragmatic and has the ability to relate well to his clients regardless of their intellectual ability. He is a joy to work with and definitely a team player. He grasps all the details of a case but focuses on the bigger picture, and is astute beyond his years.” Personal Injury, Chambers and Partners 2020
“He is very experienced, knowledgeable and has excellent tactical judgement. His grasp of the issues, intuition and advocacy skills vastly exceed his year of call.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers and Partners 2020
“He is tenacious and provides tactical solutions in complex litigation.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020
“He shows a real passion for representing catastrophically injured claimants.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2020
“He is experienced in cross-border personal injury cases.” Travel, Legal 500 2020
“He’s incredibly bright and very perceptive.” “He’s confident and able to put clients at ease.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2019
“A very strong barrister. His attention to detail is phenomenal.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2019
“Fantastic with clients and very thorough.” “A very persuasive advocate.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2019
“He has an enthusiasm and willingness to go above and beyond and advise the client properly.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2019
“He is very intelligent and personable, and gives solid clear advice.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019
“Very bright and very hard-working.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018
“An up-and-coming star with an eye for detail and a great deal of knowledge in the area of package travel regulations.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2018
“He is very intelligent and personable, and gives solid, clear advice.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017
“A definite star of the future.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017
“He is brilliant on package travel cases and has a very good academic understanding of the law.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Ben is a very good technician; his legal skills and understanding of case law in terms of package travel is phenomenal.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He is an extremely able barrister who performs well above his call.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He performs well during contested hearings, and is extremely persuasive in his arguments.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016
“He is a rising star at the Bar who is very bright and extremely hard-working.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Ben is very thorough and open to original lines of argument.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He has fantastic client care skills and his eye for detail is second to none. In particular his knowledge of the package travel regulations and the case law in that area is fantastic.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He knows package holiday cases inside out and he’s very good with clients.” “Very good at turning work around quickly, he’s knowledgeable, personable and a good advocate.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2015
“He impresses with his advocacy and ability to think on his feet.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015
“Very bright and talented; he will go far.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
“He’s incredibly experienced given his year of call. He does a lot of research, prepares very well and knows what he’s talking about. If it’s a case he hasn’t come across before he’ll go into every detail possible to make sure he knows it all.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015
“He’s approachable, a rising star of the future and quick to turn round high-quality work.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2014
“He always completes work within instructed timescales, and to a very high standard.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014
“Supremely talented and incredibly hardworking.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014
“Especially good on black letter law.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2013
“A star of the future.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2012