Ben Holt is a specialist criminal barrister. He has been instructed as leading and led junior for the prosecution and defence in wide range of criminal cases.
Ben is instructed 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 prosecuted (as a leading junior) a six-handed violent disorder trial. 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.
Ben was seconded HSBC in 2016 for a period of 9-months conducting a past-business review into mis-sold interest rate hedging products.
Operation Italici [CCC] 2019
Two trials. Allegations relate to a global conspiracy to import and produce steroids on an industrial scale. Investigated by the NCA; instructed by CPS IJOC.
Operation Banjax [Southwark CC] 2019
Led junior in a multi-handed defence fraud trial.
Operation Immalia [CCC] 2019
Led junior for the Crown in relation to the attempted murder of Police Officers.
Operation Baghrash [Bristol] 2019
Prosecution trial. Seven-handed conspiracy to defraud the NHS and DoH in relation to tenders made for building projects. Instructed by CPS SFD.
General Crime – Level 3
Fraud – Level 3
Special Crime – Level 3
Counter Terrorism – Level 3