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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 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: SCU, IJOC and SFD.

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 has spent nine months on secondment at HSBC conducting a past-business review into mis-sold interest rate hedging products.

Upcoming cases:

Operation Banjax [Southwark CC] 2019

Led junior in a multi-handed defence MTIC VAT fraud trial. Instructed by Bark & Co.

Operation Alnair [ILCC] 2019

Prosecution trial of two defendants alleged to have laundered £1.6m cash.  Instructed by CPS SFD.

Operation Northleigh [Isleworth CC] 2019

Prosecution trial of man who claims to have been living in Grenfell Tower at the time of the disaster.  Instructed by CPS SCU.

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.

Operation Hillside [CCC] 2020

Led junior for the Crown.  Defendant is charged with attempting to murder Police Officers with a sawn-off shotgun.

Operation Footprint [St Ablans CC] 2020

Prosecution of a defendant who is alleged to have attempted to buy grenades over the dark web.  Instructed by Thames & Chiltern CCU.

Operation Northleigh [Isleworth CC] 2020

Prosecution trial of three defendants who claim to have been living in the same flat within Grenfell Tower at the time of the disaster.  Intstructed by CPS SCU.

CPS Panel Appointments:

  • General Crime – Level 3
  • Fraud – Level 3
  • Special Crime – Level 3
  • Counter Terrorism – Level 3

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