Ben Jones

Year of call 2015

CClerk

Joe Kallas
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Ben accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular focus on disputes arising in the workplace. His expertise spans:

  • Statutory employment matters (with a particular focus on discrimination and whistleblowing);
  • Conduct of internal processes (including internal investigations, grievances, disciplinary processes and appeals)
  • Commercial employment matters (including restrictive covenant disputes and advice; director/shareholder agreement issues; and breach of contract claims brought before the civil courts);
  • Professional disciplinary and regulatory matters;
  • Personal Injury (with a particular focus on industrial injuries); and
  • Public Law matters (with a particular focus on disputes with a human rights aspect).

Academics

  • City University, Bar Professional Training Course 2014-2015 – Outstanding
  • Oxford University
    • Retained Lecturer in Law (Pembroke College) 2014-2015
    • Law Tutor (St Hugh’s College) 2013-2015
    • DPhil (Law Faculty) 2009-2013
  • Grays Inn 2014 – Lord Uthwatt scholar
  • Faculté Libre de Droit, Paris ­– Visiting Lecturer in Law 2013-2014
  • College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law 2008-2009 – Commendation
  • Cambridge University, Magdalene College
    • MPhil in Sociology 2007-2008 – First class
    • MA in Natural Sciences 2004-2007 – 2.i class

Ben advises and represents both claimants and respondents in matters spanning the range of statutory employment disputes. He is regularly instructed in multi-day and multi-week trials in Employment Tribunals across the country.

Ben is in demand for his meticulous preparation and incisive cross-examination. He was recently described as a ‘gentleman assassin’ by an instructing partner at a leading national firm. Outside of Tribunal he is known for his straightforward, concise, and user-friendly manner (whether handling a lone claimant or a corps of senior respondent witnesses).

Ben has been instructed in various high value, high profile and complex trials, and is in demand not only for his ability to obtain excellent outcomes, but also for his approachable and reassuring manner with clients. Notable recent successes include:

  • On the claimant-side: obtaining a six-figure judgment for a victim of maternity discrimination and automatically unfair dismissal; and
  • On the respondent-side: negotiating mid-trial (following cross examination of a claimant) the withdrawal of claims of race discrimination against a union general secretary (obtaining a public admission, recorded in the judgment preamble, that the claims were wholly without substance).

As well as appearing before the Tribunal at all stages of disputes (from case management and preliminary applications; through to remedy hearings; costs applications; and reconsideration hearings; and appeals) Ben is also experienced at negotiating advantageous terms of settlement both in judicial mediations and outside of Tribunal.

On appeal Ben has drafted grounds to the EAT and Court of Appeal and has appeared without a leader at preliminary and full hearings before the EAT (including before the President, on behalf of the appellant, in Gareddu v London Underground Ltd [2017] IRLR 404). He is currently instructed (led by Betsan Criddle) in an appeal and a related prospective appeal before the Court of Appeal.

Before coming to the Bar Ben worked on labour law issues during his prior, academic, career. He has attended various international conferences to present papers on UK employment law and continues to contribute to publications in the field.


Ben regularly accepts instructions to conduct all forms of internal processes.

His recent experience includes:

  • Investigating several grievances brought by senior employees (both as sole-instructed investigator, and also as a junior investigator within a multi-investigator team);
  • Investigating allegations of misconduct by staff in both public and private sector contexts;
  • Investigating allegations of discrimination by members of the public against an employee (including making recommendations for further action in respect of involved staff and also identifying institutional issues);
  • Investigating a complaint by a member of an organisation against a senior official of that organisation;
  • Acting on behalf of an NHS Trust in internal disciplinary proceedings (at consultant level); and
  • Acting in an internal appeal in the NHS (also at consultant level).

Ben welcomes all instructions in professional regulatory proceedings. He has experience of various regulators (including, in particular, the GPhC) and has, through a secondment with a national firm specialising in the field, gained exposure to all stages of regulatory proceedings from investigation through final hearing.

As noted under ‘internal processes’, above, as well as having acted on behalf of senior medical practitioners and NHS Trusts in employment proceedings Ben has also been instructed in internal disciplinary proceedings by Trust management. Ben has experience of cases involving overlapping processes (including criminal investigations).

Ben also has a history of engagement with medical practitioners stretching long before his call to the bar (through his academic research on, and volunteering work in relation to, the regulation of stem-cell research).


Ben also has a robust grounding in civil employment matters. He has advised variously on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, responding to theft of confidential information, and litigating database rights.

He has also been instructed in high value wrongful dismissal claims before the High Court and is experienced in advising on civil litigation procedure (including costs budgeting).

Ben is also pleased to advise upon urgent matters and to prepare / respond to applications for injunctive relief / speedy trial.


Ben regularly acts for claimants, defendants and insurers in personal injury proceedings on the fast and multi-track.

Ben attends hearings from CCMC and application hearings; through trials; to disposal hearings. He regularly appears in, advises on, and drafts documents for EL, PL and RTA matters, including multiple defendant proceedings. He has been instructed in claims up to multi-million value.


Ben accepts instructions through the GLD junior junior scheme and is on the Welsh Government National Procurement Service panel of approved counsel.

Ben has assisted in the preparation and conduct of various judicial reviews and related appeals (up to Supreme Court level).

Prior to coming to the Bar Ben researched and taught public law and human rights law. He has contributed work to international research projects funded by the European Parliament, European Commission, and the Qatar Foundation.


Ben also welcomes instructions in sport related investigations, employment disputes, contract disputes, and also proceedings under bespoke governing body rules.

  • Gareddu v London Underground Ltd [2017] IRLR 404 - Acted for the appellant in a complex indirect religious discrimination appeal addressing the proper approach to assessing the legitimacy of a manifestation of a religious belief under the EqA (applying Art.9 of the European Convention on Human Rights).

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Ben accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular focus on disputes arising in the workplace. His expertise spans:

  • Statutory employment matters (with a particular focus on discrimination and whistleblowing);
  • Conduct of internal processes (including internal investigations, grievances, disciplinary processes and appeals)
  • Commercial employment matters (including restrictive covenant disputes and advice; director/shareholder agreement issues; and breach of contract claims brought before the civil courts);
  • Professional disciplinary and regulatory matters;
  • Personal Injury (with a particular focus on industrial injuries); and
  • Public Law matters (with a particular focus on disputes with a human rights aspect).

Academics

  • City University, Bar Professional Training Course 2014-2015 – Outstanding
  • Oxford University
    • Retained Lecturer in Law (Pembroke College) 2014-2015
    • Law Tutor (St Hugh’s College) 2013-2015
    • DPhil (Law Faculty) 2009-2013
  • Grays Inn 2014 – Lord Uthwatt scholar
  • Faculté Libre de Droit, Paris ­– Visiting Lecturer in Law 2013-2014
  • College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law 2008-2009 – Commendation
  • Cambridge University, Magdalene College
    • MPhil in Sociology 2007-2008 – First class
    • MA in Natural Sciences 2004-2007 – 2.i class

Ben advises and represents both claimants and respondents in matters spanning the range of statutory employment disputes. He is regularly instructed in multi-day and multi-week trials in Employment Tribunals across the country.

Ben is in demand for his meticulous preparation and incisive cross-examination. He was recently described as a ‘gentleman assassin’ by an instructing partner at a leading national firm. Outside of Tribunal he is known for his straightforward, concise, and user-friendly manner (whether handling a lone claimant or a corps of senior respondent witnesses).

Ben has been instructed in various high value, high profile and complex trials, and is in demand not only for his ability to obtain excellent outcomes, but also for his approachable and reassuring manner with clients. Notable recent successes include:

  • On the claimant-side: obtaining a six-figure judgment for a victim of maternity discrimination and automatically unfair dismissal; and
  • On the respondent-side: negotiating mid-trial (following cross examination of a claimant) the withdrawal of claims of race discrimination against a union general secretary (obtaining a public admission, recorded in the judgment preamble, that the claims were wholly without substance).

As well as appearing before the Tribunal at all stages of disputes (from case management and preliminary applications; through to remedy hearings; costs applications; and reconsideration hearings; and appeals) Ben is also experienced at negotiating advantageous terms of settlement both in judicial mediations and outside of Tribunal.

On appeal Ben has drafted grounds to the EAT and Court of Appeal and has appeared without a leader at preliminary and full hearings before the EAT (including before the President, on behalf of the appellant, in Gareddu v London Underground Ltd [2017] IRLR 404). He is currently instructed (led by Betsan Criddle) in an appeal and a related prospective appeal before the Court of Appeal.

Before coming to the Bar Ben worked on labour law issues during his prior, academic, career. He has attended various international conferences to present papers on UK employment law and continues to contribute to publications in the field.


Ben regularly accepts instructions to conduct all forms of internal processes.

His recent experience includes:

  • Investigating several grievances brought by senior employees (both as sole-instructed investigator, and also as a junior investigator within a multi-investigator team);
  • Investigating allegations of misconduct by staff in both public and private sector contexts;
  • Investigating allegations of discrimination by members of the public against an employee (including making recommendations for further action in respect of involved staff and also identifying institutional issues);
  • Investigating a complaint by a member of an organisation against a senior official of that organisation;
  • Acting on behalf of an NHS Trust in internal disciplinary proceedings (at consultant level); and
  • Acting in an internal appeal in the NHS (also at consultant level).

Ben welcomes all instructions in professional regulatory proceedings. He has experience of various regulators (including, in particular, the GPhC) and has, through a secondment with a national firm specialising in the field, gained exposure to all stages of regulatory proceedings from investigation through final hearing.

As noted under ‘internal processes’, above, as well as having acted on behalf of senior medical practitioners and NHS Trusts in employment proceedings Ben has also been instructed in internal disciplinary proceedings by Trust management. Ben has experience of cases involving overlapping processes (including criminal investigations).

Ben also has a history of engagement with medical practitioners stretching long before his call to the bar (through his academic research on, and volunteering work in relation to, the regulation of stem-cell research).


Ben also has a robust grounding in civil employment matters. He has advised variously on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, responding to theft of confidential information, and litigating database rights.

He has also been instructed in high value wrongful dismissal claims before the High Court and is experienced in advising on civil litigation procedure (including costs budgeting).

Ben is also pleased to advise upon urgent matters and to prepare / respond to applications for injunctive relief / speedy trial.


Ben regularly acts for claimants, defendants and insurers in personal injury proceedings on the fast and multi-track.

Ben attends hearings from CCMC and application hearings; through trials; to disposal hearings. He regularly appears in, advises on, and drafts documents for EL, PL and RTA matters, including multiple defendant proceedings. He has been instructed in claims up to multi-million value.


Ben accepts instructions through the GLD junior junior scheme and is on the Welsh Government National Procurement Service panel of approved counsel.

Ben has assisted in the preparation and conduct of various judicial reviews and related appeals (up to Supreme Court level).

Prior to coming to the Bar Ben researched and taught public law and human rights law. He has contributed work to international research projects funded by the European Parliament, European Commission, and the Qatar Foundation.


Ben also welcomes instructions in sport related investigations, employment disputes, contract disputes, and also proceedings under bespoke governing body rules.

  • Gareddu v London Underground Ltd [2017] IRLR 404 - Acted for the appellant in a complex indirect religious discrimination appeal addressing the proper approach to assessing the legitimacy of a manifestation of a religious belief under the EqA (applying Art.9 of the European Convention on Human Rights).

pAwards

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