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John Benson QC

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Education

  • Liverpool University LL.B Hons

Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Employment Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association

Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Criminal
  • Employment
  • Industrial Disease
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Public Law

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General Profile

John Benson QC is a highly experienced silk who brings his depth of expertise to employment and industrial relations litigation, personal injury and medical negligence, judicial review, health and safety and regulatory work. John enjoys a very good reputation in both civil and criminal work and has appeared for the defence and prosecution in many high profile criminal cases in recent years. He has been involved in a number of finding of fact trials in care proceedings brought by Local Authorities following the death/ serious injury of children. He was a part-time Employment Judge and is a Recorder sitting in both the criminal and civil jurisdictions. John is a frequent contributor at legal conferences.

Recent examples of his cases include:

  • ECITB v Sellafield Limited (complex appeals regarding training levies).
  • Booth v Oldham MBC (PHI policy litigation)
  • Moretti v A1 Dominion (whistle blowing)
  • Morrison v Liverpool HNS Hospitals Trust & Anor. (high value negligence claim)
  • R v Carrillion Plc & Ors (Stafford Crown Court. Double fatality. Health and Safety)
  • R v Snowden & Ors  (Chester Crown Court- murder of Mr Gary Newlove)
  • R v Horton & Ors (Manchester Crown Court. Vat carousel fraud)
  • R v Hollands & Ors (Liverpool Crown Court. Murder by shooting)
  • R v Henry & Ors  (Old Bailey - gang murder)

 

Legal 500, 2014 John Benson QC "Experienced in high-value medical negligence claims".

Reported cases
  • Knowles v Liverpool City Council 1993 1 WLR 1428 House of Lords 
  • Roberts v Chief Constable of Cheshire Police 1999 2 All E.R. 326 Court of Appeal 
  • Rubenstein v McLoughlin 1997 ICR 318 Employment Appeal Tribunal 
  • TSB Bank Plc v Harris 2000 IRLR 157 Employment Appeal Tribunal 
  • Ziemniak v ETPM Deep Sea Ltd 2003 EWCA 636
  • Regina v Bruce Grobalaar & others 1997
  • Alder Hey Inquiry (Children's organs retention)
  • Briody v St Helens Area Health Authority 2000 Lloyds M.R. 127
  • The Millenium Dome (Fraud)
  • ECITB Sellafield Limited (complex appeals against training levies)
  • Booth v Oldham MBC (PHI policy litigation)
  • Moretti v A1 Dominion (whistle-blowing)
  • Morrison v Liverpool NHS Hospitals Trust & Anor. (high value personal injury claim)
  • R v Carrillion Plc & Ors (Stafford Crown Court. Double fatality. Health & Safety)
  • R v Snowden & Ors (Chester Crown Court - murder of Gary Newlove)
  • R v Horton & Ors (Manchester Crown Court - Vat carousel fraud)
  • R v Hollands & Ors (Liverpool Crown Court. Murder by shooting)
  • R v Henry & Ors (Old Bailey - Gang murder)
John Benson Chambers UK Bar 2014 Leading Individual Legal 500 recommended 2013 Legal 500 2014 - Leading Individual Legal 500 2015 - Leading Individual Legal 500 2016 - Leading Individual
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Year of call: 1978

Inn: Middle Temple

Area: Civil Litigation
Clinical Negligence
Criminal
Employment
Industrial Disease
Proceeds of Crime
Public Law

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