Ben Douglas-Jones QC is recommended in Chambers UK (Chambers and Partners) and the Legal 500 for consumer (including regulatory) law, fraud, financial crime and crime.
The Legal Directories describe Ben as “extremely bright and able” with “a sharp intellect”, “very good specialist knowledge”, “Outstanding strategic awareness” and an “[ability to] marshal cases of the utmost complexity”.
His recent cases include victories against the SFO in the Celtic Energy case for the first defendant, a highly respected commercial solicitor and architect of a £170m scheme, in dismissal and voluntary bill of indictment proceedings [ 1 WLR 2817 and  EWHC 3803 (QB)]; a victory for the SFO in the Supreme Court concerning the ambit of the US/UK Extradition Treaty and contempt ofcourt [O’Brien v Serious Fraud Office  UKSC 23]; Merton LBC v Sinclair Collis Ltd  1 WLR 1570; (2010) 175 JP 11 which concerned regulatory breaches of cigarette vending law by Imperial Tobacco’s daughter company and Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Cambridgeshire Trading Standards v Relief Healthcare and McConville, a case concerning alleged breaches of consumer protection and medical device regulations.
Ben’s regulatory practice extends to all areas of due diligence, corporate and business risk management and trouble-shooting. With regard to consumer law, Ben’s work has had an emphasis on trade-marks and copyright law, criminal planning, food safety and environmental health.
Ben’s criminal and fraud practice has seen him represent one of the first group of people to be charged with – and the first person to be acquitted of – bribery under the Bribery Act 2010, the footballer Hakeem Adelakun.
Ben has also developed considerable expertise across a number of notable complex fraud cases, acting as both prosecuting and defence counsel in sectors including energy, commodities, financial services, media and technology. He has additional expertise in competition law, health and food safety, trademark infringement and property and planning disputes.
More recently, Ben has also defended a complex case concerning the sale of unregulated insurance policies. Ben regularly lectures on consumer, fraud and regulatory law, including a recent Lexis Nexis Webinar on the Consumer Rights Directive 2014.
Ben is the co-founder of JDJ Compliance, a bespoke compliance consultancy that offers organisations specialist training and solutions to ensure that they are up to date on all of the latest compliance legal requirements.
Ben is also a consultant for London Corporate, the international business advisory consultancy with a focus on implementation that starts with the formation of companies and ongoing support services.
Ben is a member of the Bar of Grenada.
A more detailed copy of Ben’s CV is available on request.