Ben Jones

Year of call 2015

CClerk

Jack Wheeler
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Ben accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work and appears regularly before the Employment Tribunals and Civil Courts. He joined Old Square following completion of pupillage in another leading employment set and a prior career as a legal academic at the University of Oxford. He welcomes instructions in all:

  • Statutory employment matters
  • Personal injury matters
  • Commercial employment matters (including, in particular, those involving enforceability of restrictive covenants, issues around shareholder agreements, and dismissal/bonus claims)
  • Public law matters (including, in particular, human rights-based matters)
  • Professional disciplinary and regulatory matters
  • Sports law matters

 

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 – 1
    • MA in Natural Sciences 2004-2007 – 2.i

Ben advises and represents claimants and respondents in matters spanning the range of statutory employment disputes.

He regularly appears before Tribunals across the country in preliminary and final hearings, and has an excellent record in recovering costs. Ben has also appeared at judicial mediation and stand-alone cost hearings.

Ben has a strong understanding of tribunal procedure (having contributed to the updating of the latest edition of Blackstone’s Employment Law Practice) and regularly provides strategic and tactical advice at all stages of disputes (including pre-action and post-judgment).

Ben has recently completed a secondment to a leading employment firm and has extensive experience of drafting pleadings, applications, lists of issues, correspondence to the Tribunal/opponents (including cost warnings), and appeals.

Ben also has experience preparing grounds of appeal from decisions of the ET, the High Court and the EAT. Ben has appeared without a leader in 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).

Before coming to the Bar Ben also worked on labour law issues through his academic work. He has attended various international conferences to present papers on English employment law, has published on various topics, and is co-author of the UK chapter in a recent ILO comparative collection considering differing approaches to individual employment dispute resolution.


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

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

Having completed pupillage in a leading employee competition set Ben has attended hearings before Masters, High Court Judges, and the Court of Appeal in various such matters.


Ben regularly receives instructions from claimants, defendants and insurers in various forms of personal injury proceedings.

Ben attends CCMC/CMC hearings, trials, and disposal hearings as well as advising on and assisting in the negotiation of settlements.

He regularly appears in, advises on, and drafts documents for fast track RTA, EL and PL matters, including multiple defendant matters. He has also been instructed in multi-million multi-track proceedings.

Ben also has experience of handling NIHL specific-issues.


During pupillage Ben has assisted in the preparation of several judicial reviews and public law appeals with an employment aspect. These include several employment JRs involving universities and university hospital NHS trusts, the successful challenge of the Pension Regulator decision regarding pensions auto-enrolment in R (Fleet Maritime Services (Bermuda) Limited) v The Pensions Regulator [2016] IRLR 199, and the successful application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in P v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis UKSC 2016/0041.

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 government.

Ben is on the Welsh Government National Procurement Service panel of approved counsel.


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

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


Ben has been instructed to attend inquests on behalf of the families of the deceased (including in a matter attracting national media attention). He has a client-friendly manner and is able to advise on difficult, and typically upsetting matters, in a compassionate and supportive manner.


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

Ben has a good grounding in private international law and has previously prepared advice regarding the enforcement of a football agency agreement involving three different jurisdictions.

He has also produced draft statements of claim and submissions on jurisdiction for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • 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 and appears regularly before the Employment Tribunals and Civil Courts. He joined Old Square following completion of pupillage in another leading employment set and a prior career as a legal academic at the University of Oxford. He welcomes instructions in all:

  • Statutory employment matters
  • Personal injury matters
  • Commercial employment matters (including, in particular, those involving enforceability of restrictive covenants, issues around shareholder agreements, and dismissal/bonus claims)
  • Public law matters (including, in particular, human rights-based matters)
  • Professional disciplinary and regulatory matters
  • Sports law matters

 

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 – 1
    • MA in Natural Sciences 2004-2007 – 2.i

Ben advises and represents claimants and respondents in matters spanning the range of statutory employment disputes.

He regularly appears before Tribunals across the country in preliminary and final hearings, and has an excellent record in recovering costs. Ben has also appeared at judicial mediation and stand-alone cost hearings.

Ben has a strong understanding of tribunal procedure (having contributed to the updating of the latest edition of Blackstone’s Employment Law Practice) and regularly provides strategic and tactical advice at all stages of disputes (including pre-action and post-judgment).

Ben has recently completed a secondment to a leading employment firm and has extensive experience of drafting pleadings, applications, lists of issues, correspondence to the Tribunal/opponents (including cost warnings), and appeals.

Ben also has experience preparing grounds of appeal from decisions of the ET, the High Court and the EAT. Ben has appeared without a leader in 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).

Before coming to the Bar Ben also worked on labour law issues through his academic work. He has attended various international conferences to present papers on English employment law, has published on various topics, and is co-author of the UK chapter in a recent ILO comparative collection considering differing approaches to individual employment dispute resolution.


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

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

Having completed pupillage in a leading employee competition set Ben has attended hearings before Masters, High Court Judges, and the Court of Appeal in various such matters.


Ben regularly receives instructions from claimants, defendants and insurers in various forms of personal injury proceedings.

Ben attends CCMC/CMC hearings, trials, and disposal hearings as well as advising on and assisting in the negotiation of settlements.

He regularly appears in, advises on, and drafts documents for fast track RTA, EL and PL matters, including multiple defendant matters. He has also been instructed in multi-million multi-track proceedings.

Ben also has experience of handling NIHL specific-issues.


During pupillage Ben has assisted in the preparation of several judicial reviews and public law appeals with an employment aspect. These include several employment JRs involving universities and university hospital NHS trusts, the successful challenge of the Pension Regulator decision regarding pensions auto-enrolment in R (Fleet Maritime Services (Bermuda) Limited) v The Pensions Regulator [2016] IRLR 199, and the successful application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in P v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis UKSC 2016/0041.

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 government.

Ben is on the Welsh Government National Procurement Service panel of approved counsel.


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

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


Ben has been instructed to attend inquests on behalf of the families of the deceased (including in a matter attracting national media attention). He has a client-friendly manner and is able to advise on difficult, and typically upsetting matters, in a compassionate and supportive manner.


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

Ben has a good grounding in private international law and has previously prepared advice regarding the enforcement of a football agency agreement involving three different jurisdictions.

He has also produced draft statements of claim and submissions on jurisdiction for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • 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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