Ben is an immigration, asylum and public law barrister whose approach has been shaped by ten years of community work in the voluntary sector.
He acts in cases concerning asylum and humanitarian protection (including family reunion and fresh claims), bail, deportation, entry clearance (including visitor visas), EEA law, family immigration, human rights and trafficking.
Judicial review proceedings are a key element of Ben’s practice, particularly in challenging decisions which result in the denial of a right of appeal.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Ben worked for ten years as a Youth Worker and Project Co-ordinator in Glasgow, mainly on projects challenging discrimination. He worked extensively with migrant communities and had a particular focus on developing community theatre and oral history projects. He also co-published a book of oral histories and was a visiting tutor in Culture and Diversity at Glasgow Caledonian University.
In 2012 Ben facilitated child protection based forum theatre training in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps across Libya and the following year he developed a similar project with community workers in Mali. These projects were focussed specifically on working with unaccompanied and separated children, children affected by gender based violence and children associated with armed forces or groups.
Ben graduated with a BA Community Development (Distinction), a work based degree, from the University of Glasgow in 2011. He studied law by distance learning through the Open University and graduated with an LLB (Hons) (First Class) in 2012. In both 2011 and 2012 he received the Top Student award from the Open University Law School for achieving the highest marks on the course.
From 2013 to 2015 Ben travelled regularly between Glasgow and Birmingham to study for the Bar Professional Training Course part-time at weekends. He won the University of Law Mooting Competition in 2014 and achieved an overall Outstanding grade for the BPTC.
Ben completed his pupillage at Garden Court North under the supervision of Vijay Jagadesham.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Immigration, asylum and public law
Ben undertakes appeals and judicial review work in areas including:
- Asylum and humanitarian protection (including family reunion and fresh claims)
- Entry clearance (including visitor visas)
- EEA law
- Family immigration (including cases for spouses, partners, children, adult dependent relatives and victims of domestic violence)
- Human rights (including medical cases, private life cases and ‘sham marriages’)
Central to Ben’s approach to these areas of law is the vast experience he gained while working and studying in community settings, both locally and internationally, over a ten year period. This experience spans projects with organisations including: Save the Children, the International Association for Community Development (IACD), the West of Scotland Regional Equality Counsel (WSREC), Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, LINKES Community Project and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).