Ben Compton QC
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Ben Compton QC is a specialist advocate in health and safety renowned for his extensive experience in civil and criminal courts, subsequent appeals at the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, together with jury inquests throughout the UK.
He is recognised as one of the country’s leading health & safety law barristers, ranked in Band 1 by Chambers & Partners, and in 2015 he was awarded the accolade of “Health & Safety Silk of the Year” at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards, having been shortlisted in 2014. He is described as:
“A real star: hugely experienced and in a conference with clients he’s absolutely compelling and can win them round at a stroke. He is really strategic and we’re so pleased to have had him on the case and draw enormous comfort from having him in our corner.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2020.
“A remarkably gifted advocate who is extremely knowledgeable and very strong on strategy.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2019.
One of the best jury advocates” and “without a doubt fantastic for corporate manslaughter cases.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2017.
“His advocacy skills are superb and his preparation meticulous.” Health and Safety, Legal 500 2016.
The vast majority of Ben’s health and safety practice is spent representing corporate defendants and company directors and employees in complex workplace accidents, be they on land or at sea, which result in fatalities or serious injuries. His clients have included some of the country’s leading, corporations, retailers, construction companies, care homes, leisure companies and public bodies.
He is currently instructed in a number of leading cases including the principal contractor in the Grenfell fire tragedy, the explosives contractors in the Didcot power station collapse and Beko in the forthcoming inquest concerning the deaths of a number of individuals from carbon monoxide poisoning from their cookers. He has also been retained by the controlling port company in relation to the 39 Vietnamese nationals who died in the back of a haulage lorry and is also instructed on behalf of WH Malcolm in the ORR prosecution following an electrocution of a boy at the Daventry International Railway Freight Terminal.
Ben has particular interest in equine cases and including catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases. He has been involved in numerous contested hearings, mainly for insurers in cases involving equine accidents and the Animals Act 1971.
Appointments & Memberships
- Health & Safety Lawyers Association
- Western Circuit
- Recorder (2005)
- Health & Safety Silk of the Year (2015)
Ben Compton QC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
Areas of Law
- Business Crime
- Clinical Negligence
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Health, Safety & Environment
- Marine & Fisheries
- Personal Injury
- International Injury & Travel
“He explains client strategy effectively and he’s always on top of the brief. An outstanding silk.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2021
“He’s absolutely phenomenal – he’s extremely good on his feet and really good tactically.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2021
“He’s immensely experienced and has a fantastic manner with clients.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2021
“He makes advocacy look effortless. He is the consummate professional who has a very clear grasp of detail but never fails to appreciate the bigger picture when it comes to strategy. He is responsive and engaging with lay clients too and has the jury hanging on his every word.” Health & Safety, Legal 500 2021
“A heavyweight practitioner who is instructed in major disaster cases, representing company directors and corporate defendants. He has an enviable clientele of leading construction companies, retailers and corporations.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2020
“An outstanding silk.” Health & Safety, Legal 500 2020
“Reassuring and extremely client-friendly.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2019
“He is undeniably a safe pair of hands and extremely accomplished.” Health & Safety, Legal 500 2019
“He has an excellent manner with clients, is calm in difficult situations and manfully strives to ensure that he achieves the best results for clients.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2018
“He is very knowledgeable, very experienced and a crisp and clear advocate.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2018
“He has a way with the jury and builds instant rapport with clients.” Health & Safety, Legal 500 2017
“He is the genuine article. He is very, very polished, highly professional and an absolute pleasure to work with.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He understands health & Safety and is an excellent advocate. When he addresses a judge he has real authority. Juries love him.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is someone that people listen to – including judges – and as a result is extremely persuasive in his arguments.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Great with the lawyer, great with the judge, and great at cross-examination.” “He’s very good with clients, as he’s keen to engage and be inclusive.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2015
“A leading-quality silk who gives you complete assurance.” Health & Safety, Legal 500 2015
“Very approachable, he offers sound advice and has a good client manner.” “He is meticulous in his preparation and good with clients. He’s also very good on his feet in front of a judge.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2014
“One source described him as “a most beautiful courtroom performer, who is very laid-back but in a way that makes him very effective as an advocate. He is highly cerebral, which is why opponents have to be on their mettle with him.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2013
“Hugely industrious and commands the respect and trust of clients immediately.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2012
“Extremely professional and communicates well with clients.” Health & Safety, Legal 500 2011
“A true health & Safety specialist, who is a highly thoughtful advocate with a good manner before juries.” “Absolutely brilliant with clients, from directors down to the man who drives the truck.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2011