Ben Smitten
  • Recommended as a leader in Crime.

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Recommended as a leader in Crime.

    Legal 500 2017

  • An excellent advocate.

    Legal 500 2016

  • He has a knack of finding practical solutions when others fail.

    Legal 500 2017

  • Immensely hardworking and excellent with clients, who find him unstuffy and refreshing.

    Legal 500 2018

  • Ranked as a Leading junior in Crime.

    Chambers UK 2019

  • A canny tactician with sound judgement.

    Legal 500 2020

  • His detailed preparation on cases is exceptional. He quickly gets up to speed with exceptionally complex cases.

    Chambers UK 2020

Called 1999

Ben Smitten


Ben has 20 years’ experience at the highest level of criminal proceedings from pre-charge written advice to appellate advocacy. Ben has experience in criminal defence, private prosecutions and inquests. For almost a decade Ben has been instructed on a private basis in relation to all levels of alleged criminality and at all stages of criminal proceedings including the pre-charge stage, pre-trial applications and fully contested trials. His phenomenal results and level of instruction are testament to his work rate and winning strategies

Ben is a specialist criminal defence advocate and adviser with particular expertise in defending serious and organised crime, large-scale fraud, regulatory proceedings, inquests and homicide (from multiple murders to corporate manslaughter).

Ben has been regularly and privately instructed by Mishcon de Reya, Kingsley Napley, BCL (London), Edward Fail Bradshaw and Waterson and Grosvenor Law (Mayfair). These cases have involved representing a range of individuals from company directors (from multiple jurisdictions), foreign nationals, doctors, police officers, professional sports persons and ultra-high net worth individuals. 

His work rate, ability and experience in defending in large scale, serious and complex criminal cases is unrivalled. He is committed, extremely hard working and determined.

In 2008, when Ben was first ranked, he was the youngest ranked “Leading Junior” in Chambers and Partners directory.

Since 2015, Ben has been recommended as a Leading Junior in crime in the top 20 criminal barristers (non-silk) in Legal 500.

Ben has recently been instructed to defend in Unaoil. This is an international SFO investigation into bribery and corruption in order to secure oil contracts following the fall of Saddam Hussain. Further, Ben has recently undertaken advisory work in respect of FCA prosecutions. Other recent notable cases include:-  Allseas v PS, the largest private fraud prosecution to date and representing a retired Chief Superintendent in both inquest and criminal proceedings arising from the Hillsborough stadium disaster (R v Alan Foster). Representing a company director (PJLS)  under investigation for corporate manslaughter and health and safety breaches. Acting in the inquest and advising a senior retired police officer in respect of policing issues arising from historical criminal investigations under consideration by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (Westminster strand).

Professional Memberships
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Fraud Lawyers Association
Criminal Bar Association

Recommended as a leader in Crime in Chambers UK 2019
Recommended as a leader in Crime in Legal 500 2018
‘An excellent advocate.’ Legal 500 2016
‘He has a knack of finding practical solutions when others fail.’ Legal 500 2017
Immensely hardworking and excellent with clients, who find him unstuffy and refreshing.’ Legal 500 2018