[photo] John Benson Q.C. (1978)Legal 500 Leading Individual 2016John Benson QC
(1978, QC 2001)



Crime, Actions Against the Police, Employment & Discrimination, Personal Injury, Professional and Clinical Negligence



John Benson is a highly experienced practitioner in serious crime, civil work (in the main personal injury and clinical negligence) and employment. He sits as a Recorder in the Crown and County Courts, and holds a ticket to try serious sexual offences.

John Benson has been Head of Chambers since 2014.



Recent criminal work includes:

R v Connah (Liverpool Crown Court. Edis J. January 2015): Prosecuted man charged with murder. Plea to manslaughter accepted. Difficult and sensitive family issues.

R v Martin (Liverpool Crown Court. Dove J. May 2015): Defended young woman charged with murder of her partner. 2 week trial.

R v O’Shaugnessy (Liverpool Crown Court. HHJ Brown. June 2015): Prosecuted woman for murder of partner. 1 week trial.

R v Benham (Basildon Crown Court. HHJ Black. July 2015): Defended one of two former senior fire fighters on charges of false imprisonment and indecent assault. An unusual and challenging case requiring a familiarity with the organisation and culture of the Fire Service in the late 80s and early 90s. Trial involved 14 counts of false imprisonment and indecent assault allegedly committed against other firemen whilst on duty. 3 week trial. High profile.

Police v Verma (Birmingham Justices. 2015): Represented a solicitor charged with racially aggravated public harassment against Network Rail employee.

R v Kalajaiye (Chelmsford Crown Court. HHJ Ball QC. June 2014): Defended young man charged with premeditated murder of mother. Complex factual and psychiatric issues.

R v Walters & Ors (Central Criminal Court. HHJ Hilliard QC. July 2013): Defended one of 5 men charged with murder. Gangland. Cut-throat.

R v Abdulkhadir & Ors (Luton Crown Court. Nicols J. 2013): Defended one of three men charged with double murder by shooting. Cut-throat defence. 6 week trial. Case involved police informant, covert recording of conversations in prison, foreign convictions and thus complex issues of admissibility.

R v Hunter (Central Criminal Court. 2014): Defended lead defendant of 3 on charge of attempted murder by shooting. Gangland.



Recent civil work includes:

Lovell v East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust: Substandard orthopaedic treatment to fix comminuted fracture of ankle leading to permanent disability in young male.

Jardine v Kings Lynn NHS Foundation Trust & Other: Negligence of paramedics. Failure to detect irregular cardiac pattern on ECG consistent with coronary thrombosis. Patient subsequently died.

G v Wirral NHS Trust: C suffered neck injury in diving accident. Alleged failure to diagnose fracture to spine.

Alani v Dr Parmar: Dental negligence in performing root canal treatment leading to permanent facial asymmetry.

Henry v Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Undiagnosed cauda equina leading to permanent paralysis.

Ramsay v County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust: Negligently performed orthopaedic procedures leading to extensive permanent disability.

May v Dr Jacobs: GP negligence. Failure to include TIA as part of differential diagnosis and consequential failure to refer to hospital. C subsequently had major disabling stroke.

Goodacre v Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: MRSA infection.

Begley v Secretary of State for Health: Inappropriate and negligently performed arthrodesis.

Pritchard v Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust: Diabetes and avoidable development of gangrene leading to amputation of toes.

D v Countess of Cheshire Hospital NHS Trust: Failure to make timely diagnosis of acute myloid leukaemia causing catastrophic permanent residual disability in young woman.

Sheard v Door Sec Security Ltd: Fatality from injuries inflicted by doorman at nightclub. Issues of causation and vicarious liability.

Rees v CCMP: Catastrophic injuries suffered by motorcyclist being pursued by police. Complex issues of ex turpi, volenti and causation.


John Benson is a regular contributor to conferences and seminars.