Ben Douglas-Jones QC's latest book, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Law and Practice, has been published by Bloomsbury. Joined by fellow authors, Philippa Southwell and Michelle Brewer, Ben's book is a concise, practical, guide to modern slavery and human trafficking law and procedure, in a step by step format, covering all aspects of representing victims of human trafficking and the law surrounding this.


Its cross-discipline approach offers practical guidance for criminal and immigration practitioners unfamiliar with each side of these practice areas.


Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Law and Practice covers the following areas: 

  • Introduction – legal background, framework, domestic and international;
  • Definition of a trafficking victim;
  • Determination of status as a victim of trafficking;
  • Criminal – non punishment etc;
  • Criminal – victim protection etc;
  • Immigration/International protection;
  • Trafficking and the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Relevance of NRM decisions and interplay with the international protection/immigration claim/deportation etc.

The book covers the following legislation and case law:

  • The Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Palermo Protocol 2000
  • Refugee Convention on Human Rights 1951

A large number of cases involving victims of trafficking have gone through the appeal courts in recent years. Despite the Court of Appeal in those cases heavily criticising police, prosecutors and defence lawyers who failed to identify and act upon claims of trafficking, victims are still slipping through the net and being convicted when they should not be. All practitioners who work in the field of modern slavery and human trafficking will know there is a hybrid of legal issues for any one case and practitioners will need to be alive to all legal issues.


This book aims to be a concise, manageable text for criminal and immigration practitioners alike and acts as a quick reference source for use by practitioners at court and at all stages through the justice and immigration system, as well as having appeal to the judiciary, students, academics and law enforcement agencies.


Click Here To Buy Your Copy Of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Law and Practice 





Ben Douglas-Jones, together with Denis Barry, Edward Jenkins QC, Daniel Lloyd and Charlene Sumnall has written a guide to the Consumer Rights Act 2015.


The Guide, published by Blackstone's, is now available from all good bookstores and via online booksellers such as Amazon.


Conspiring to define conspiracy to defraud

Article published in The Lawyer concerning the recent changes in the law with regard to conspiracy to defraud.  


The difference between civil and criminal contempt of court

Lexis Nexis April 2014 An interview of Ben Douglas-Jones by Robert Matthews of Lexis Nexis


Contempt is not a Crime

By Ben Douglas-Jones and Stuart Miller, Managing Partner of Miller Rosenfalck LLP, European Business Lawyers

The Lawyer 3rd April 2014


2013: At the invitation of the DPP, Keir Starmer QC, Ben has recently co-written the CPS Guidance on charging and prosecuting victims of human trafficking with Carolyn Oakley, Specialist Prosecutor and Pam Bowen, the CPS Policy Lead on Human Trafficking.


2009: Unsilent Witness (Commercial Litigation Journal 2009, with James Stanbury, partner in RGL Forensics' London office), examining the factors which typically need to be considered when instructing a forensic accountant.


2008 Opinion: Stagg payout – a unique amount for a unique case – The Lawyer November 2008 – a study of the demise of the ex gratia compensation scheme for miscarriages of justice.



Lexis Nexis Webinar Commercial Series - 2015

Consumer Rights Package.

Ben with Claire Andrews, Head of Gough Square Chambers delivered a talk concerning the regulatory framework including the new Bill.

Lexis Nexis Webinar Commercial Series - 2014

Consumer Rights Directive.

Ben with Denis Barry delivered a talk concerning the Directive.


Trading Standards Conference 2014

“Big Changes Around the Corner”- The Consumer Rights Bill.

Ben with Denis Barry delivered a talk concerning the new Bill.


Trading Standards Conference 2011

Ben with Edward Jenkins QC delivered a talk entitled Low cost RESA 2008- Low Cost Regulation.


London Tobacco Control Conference 2011

Tackling Irregular Access: a seminar on the underage use of cigarette vending machines.


Trading Standards Conference 2010

Ben delivered a talk concerning the Digital Economy Act 2010.