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 and is ranked in the 2021 edition of Legal 500.
Ben is a Grade-4 CPS advocate on the general crime, special crime and fraud panels as well as Grade-3 on the counter-terrorism panel. He has recently been appointed to Panel B of the SFO’s panel of advocates.
Ben is instructed in a wide variety of cases. Recently, he has been involved in a number of substantial cases involving fraud and money laundering; both acting as sole counsel and being led, for the prosecution and defence. Ben has prosecuted a number of cases of violence involving multiple defendants (as led and leading counsel). He regularly receives instructions from Specialist Units within the CPS.
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. He has advised on large-scale fraud investigations at the pre-charge stage including matters relating to LPP material.
Ben has spent a 9-month period of secondment with HSBC conducting a past-business review into mis-sold interest rate hedging products.
Operation Venetic [Southwark CC] 2021
Five-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine trial. Evidence obtained as part of Operation Venetic. Defendants alleged to be involved in conspiracy to supply £10m of cocaine. [Instructed by CPS, SCU]
Operation Antelope [Maidstone CC] 2021
Three-handed aggravated burglary [Instructed by CPS, Kent].
Operation Pearland [Kingston CC] 2021
Two-handed ‘Ponzi fraud’. Defendants are alleged to have defrauded their investors of £8m. Instructed by CPS SFD London as led-junior [Instructed by CPS, SFD].
Operation Localizer [Kingston CC] 2021
Instructed as sole-counsel in seven-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine allegation. Evidence comes from Operation Venetic material and surveillance operation [Instructed by CPS, London].
Operation Reconverge [Croydon CC] 2021
Twelve-handed conspiracies to launder money and assist unlawful immigration. Defendants split into two trials. Led by Charlotte Newell QC [Instructed by CPS, IJOC].
Operation Scouttish [Kingston CC] 2021
Ten-handed money laundering conspiracy. [Instructed by CPS, IJOC].
Operation Northleigh [Isleworth CC] 2021
Three-handed allegations of fraud arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster. One of the defendants was a genuine resident of the Tower at the time of the tragedy. [Instructed by CPS, SCU].
‘A hard working junior with an unflappable and laid back style. Fierce in cross-examination when required’. Legal 500 2021