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Practice Profile

Ben Holt is a specialist criminal barrister. He has been instructed as leading and led junior for the prosecution and defence in a wide range of criminal cases.

Ben appears in Crown Courts throughout London and the South East of England. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal. He is instructed predominantly to prosecute in a wide variety of cases. Recently, Ben has been involved in a number of substantial cases involving fraud and money laundering (both acting as sole Counsel and being led). He has recently prosecuted (as a leading junior) a six-handed violent disorder trial.

Ben Holt spent the first nine months of 2016 working in-house at HSBC reviewing files relating to customers who were mis-sold hedging products. He has specific experience in dealing with complicated disclosure issues; these have included the handling of particularly sensitive material and reviewing cases which have involved evidence from Covert Human Intelligence Sources and RIPA warrants. He has been instructed by the CPS to review disclosure on various matters and has worked together with the NCA and specialist units of the Metropolitan Police in this regard.

Ben Holt became a tenant following completion of his pupillage in Chambers. During pupillage he was supervised by Sarah Forshaw QC and the late Richard Sones.

Upcoming cases:

Operation Arrabella [Harrow] 2018

  • Two-handed Prosecution trial. Defendants are alleged to have carried out in excess of 60 burglaries (including aggravated burglaries) in the course of one month.

Operation Galveston [Blackfriars] 2018

  • Conspiracy to facilitate breach of immigration laws and money laundering offences. Two defendants are charged with organising the illegal entry into the UK of seven individuals.

Operation Manningtree [Inner London] 2018

  • Led junior. Conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. Six defendants charged with organising an illegal rave in Central London.


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