Areas of law:
Crime and Investigation, Magistrates’ Court
Ben is a paralegal within the Magistrates Court team, based at our Milton Keynes office. Prior to joining Reeds, Ben worked for Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) for 15 years in a variety of roles, including enforcement and area management within the Magistrates’ Courts. Latterly, he worked as a Court Clerk at Aylesbury Crown Court for five years, which also included him managing other members of staff and being responsible for ancillary tasks such as payment of jury expenses, witness expenses and expert expenses.
His time within HMCTS has enabled Ben to acquire an exceptional understanding of the inner workings of the Court system, the procedures involved, and how the legal system operates when a case reaches Court. Ben has the ability to identify potential issues within a case before they arise due to his previous exposure to case files and his knowledge of what is expected by the Courts, whether it be Magistrates or Crown Court. His specialist knowledge enables him to provide the team with invaluable assistance to the team in the preparation of cases for Court; drafting proofs and witness statements, as well as always having in mind the types of questions are likely to arise under cross-examination and what the Magistrates or Judges hearing the case may be looking for, in order for such applications to be solid and persuasive.