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Ben Holden

Solicitor, Trial Advocate and Team Leader

Ben has specialised in criminal defence work since 2004, and in 2007 he qualified as a solicitor with a top tier Legal 500 rated practice. During that time Ben worked in several of their offices based in Central London, Portsmouth and Chichester.

In 2011 Ben joined Lansbury Worthington and is now the supervisor of the firm’s Crown Court and Private Client departments. He is experienced in all areas of criminal law and regularly represents clients in proceedings from the initial stages of a police investigation through to trial before the Crown Court.

Ben has experience advising and representing clients in proceedings before the magistrates’ court and Crown Court as well as the courts of appeal in relation to a wide range of cases including murder, drugs offences, money laundering, rape and serious sexual assault, robbery and theft. Recent cases have included:

  • Representing the only defendant to be found not guilty in a nine handed Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs trial. This case involved one of the largest police operations of its kind ever undertaken by Hampshire Police.
  • Representing a defendant charged with murder before the Old Bailey in London, and then before the Court of Appeal for a successful appeal against sentence.
  • Representing a defendant accused of murder in proceedings before the Old Bailey in London. The case involved complex legal arguments relating to diminished responsibility, paranoid schizophrenia and the beliefs and practices associated with West African ju-ju traditions.
  • Representing two defendants charged with Fraudulent Evasion of Import Duties. The case involved an estimated evasion of around £4,000,000 following the seizure of 12,000,000 cigarettes.
  • Representing a defendant from arrest through to trial on charges relating to the importation of over £2,000,000 worth of cocaine smuggled into the UK on board a Royal Naval ship.
  • Representing one of the first defendants charged with offences under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The case concerned a terrorist investigation and access to encrypted computer material.
  • Advising and representing on various appeals against conviction and sentence including a recent appeal against a murder conviction before the Court of Appeal.

Recently, Ben has been building up a specialised practice aimed at protecting the criminal record of those who become involved in criminal proceedings. His extensive experience of the criminal law together with his understanding of the disclosure requirements for employment and the relevant data protection legislation makes this a valuable service for anyone in positions of trust and responsibility where a clean criminal record is essential. Data Protection & Your Criminal Record.

As a practising solicitor Ben can administer Oaths, Affirmations and Statutory Declarations as well as creating certified copies of official documents.

Ben graduated from the University of Southampton in 2001 with a degree in Philosophy and Politics. Between 2002 and 2004 Ben went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Law followed by the Legal Practice Course with the College of Law obtaining a commendation in both.

Ben is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association, Lawyers for Liberty and the Law Society. He enjoys sailing (qualified yachtmaster), skiing and hiking.