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Benjamin Nolan QC


Ben's criminal law practice includes:

  • Business crime and regulatory law
  • Child abuse and child destruction
  • Criminal fraud and proceeds of crime
  • Death by dangerous/careless driving
  • Drugs offences and conspiracies
  • Firearms and other offensive weapons
  • Gangland and violent crime
  • Mental health crime
  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Rape and sexual offences
  • White Collar and organised crime

During his 20 years in Silk, Ben has prosecuted and defended in a number of high profile criminal cases.  He has now led in over 100 murder cases, many of them gangland shootings.

He also has considerable expertise in food safety scandal cases.

Ben is on the approved Serious Fraud Office Panel of Queen's Counsel.

Reported Cases

  • Sheffield R v Abel (Manslaughter by gross negligence) (2014)
  • R v M (Nottingham) : Alleged Manslaughter of six children in Arson attack on home (February 2013)
  • R v S (Manchester) : Murder.  Alleged Matricide (January 2013)
  • R v R (Manchester) : Murder.  'Shaken Baby Syndrome' (January 2013)
  • R v T (Manchester) : Murder reduced to Manslaughter (December 2012)
  • R v K.A. (Manchester) : Alleged Murder as part of gang attack on nightclub.  Successful submission of 'no case to answer' overturned by Court of Appeal on Terminating Ruling Appeal under S.58 C.J.A. 2003.  Defendant acquitted of Murder by jury when trial resumed.  (October 2012 - February 2013)
  • R v Michael Parr (Newcastle) : Defendant already serving life sentence.  Murder of fellow prison inmate alleged to be a 'nonce'.  Aspects of cannibalism alleged as motive and modus.  (July 2012)
  • R v Tomlinson (Manchester) : Defence.  Client acquitted of Child Destruction after trial.  (December 2012)
  • R v Maxwell (Leeds) :Prosecution.  Re-trial of Murder 14 years after event following successful appeal to Court of Appeal on reference by CCRC and further Appeal to Supreme Court.  Appellant convicted again.  (June 2011)
  • R v M (Manchester) : Diminished Responsibility under the new legislation (March 2011)
  • R v K (Newcastle) : Murder in the course of robbery (February 2011)
  • R v S (Sheffield and Court of Appeal) : Alleged jury nobbling and impact of S.44 Criminal Justice Act 2003 (application for non-jury trial) (May to December 2010)
  • R v M.K (Bradford) : Murder of shopkeeper, Gurmail Singh (September to October 2010)
  • R v B (Manchester) : Murder - shooting in course of armed robbery (June 2010)
  • R v M.S (Newcastle) : Murder - baby killing, causation and diminished responsibility (May 2010)
  • R v R (Teesside) : Abuse of Process - alleged forced repatriation of major criminal from Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.  Admissibility of evidence obtained without formal diplomatic channels (April 2010)
  • R v F (Nottingham) : Murder - gangland killing (January 2010)
  • R v M (Old Bailey) : Murder - Fitness to Plead and Insanity (December 2009)
  • R v S.C (Newcastle) : Abuse of Process - Police wrongly searching client files when arresting solicitor.  Prosecution stayed (July 2009)
  • R v L (Liverpool) : Murder - Provocation and Diminished Responsibility run together (April 2009)
  • R v Antoine Anderson (Supreme Court of Bermuda) : Murder by shooting (complex ballistics and firearms residue evidence) (February 2009)
  • R v Erskine (Manchester) : Murder in the course of robbery (December 2008)
  • R v J.C.J (Newcastle) : Police Corruption - misfearance in Public Office (October 2008)
  • R v E.V : Endangered Species - Corporate liability under Countryside & Wildlife Act
  • R v A.D (Leeds) : Murder - Gangland execution and torture (July 2008)
  • R v E (Newcastle) : Firearms case, Abuse of Process (April 2008)
  • R v Clough (Woolwich) : Massive importation of Class A drugs (April 2008)
  • R v S (Manchester) : Massive importation of Class A drugs (March 2008)
  • R v Laurence (Old Bailey) : Murder
  • R v B (Newcastle) : Attempted Murder, Firearms (December 2007)
  • R v T (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) : (December 2007)
  • R v Edwards (Manchester) : Patricide Murder (2007)
  • Mitchell v MIB : (2007)
  • R v Rigdy (Manchester) : Murder (2007)
  • R v S (Leeds) : Baby killing - over 20 paediatric specialists giving expert evidence (2007)
  • R v Razzaq (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) : The Sharon Beshenivski (Bradford Policewoman) murder (2006)
  • R v H (Bradford) : Murder by Arson (2006)
  • R v Curtis Ruthven (Manchester) : Alleged gangland revenge killing (2006)
  • R v Ogmeide (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) : Voodoo and ritual practice by Nigerian nationals (2006)
  • R v Abbot (Liverpool) : Alleged gangland killing (2006)
  • R v Parkes (Caernarfon) : Murder (2006)
  • "Operation Caddy" (Snaresbrook) : Undercover operation in Costa Del Sol and elsewhere leading to a series of trials of major drug dealers and involving law enforcement agencies from Spain, United States, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Columbia.  Complex issues of international law, international co-operation, extradition, entrapment, agent provocateur and commissions rogatoir DTA.  Proceedings including multi-million pound assets abroad. (2002 to 2006)
  • R v Whittaker (Manchester) : Counterfeiting cases including undercover journalists and entrapment issues regarding the BBC (2005)
  • R v Stephenson-Snell (Manchester) : Halloween 'Barbie-Doll' killer (2005)
  • "Operation Aberdeen" (Nottingham) : Complex fraud involving food safety issues (alleged laundering of condemed poultry meat through food chain.  Multi-agency prosecution involving Fraud Squad, Food Standards Agency and Environmental Health Officials (2004)
  • R v Collings (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) : Alleged murder by arson.  Conviction overturned by Court of Appeal (2004)
  • R v Lydiate & Others (Manchester) : Gangland torture case (2001)
  • R v Tantram & Others (Hull) : Complex fraud involving food safety issues (2000)

Court of Appeal

  • R v M : Reference by CCRC after seven-year Police investigation into miscarriage of justice re: Murder conviction - pending consideration by Supreme Court (October 2009)
  • R v Barker : Murder - Sentence/minimum term Sched. 21 CJA 2003.  Adjustment of minimum term for good behaviour.
  • R v King : Definition of Rape - one offence or three
  • R v Miller : Murder - sentence/minimum term.  CJA 2003.  Definition of torture.
  • R v Adams : 7-day Appeal leading to 15-year old conviction for murder being overturned (CCRC) (2006)


  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association