Ben Brandon specialises in extradition, fraud and professional misconduct. He has acted for individual defendants and foreign governments in pre- and post-2003 Extradition Act proceedings and is ranked as one of the leading juniors in this area of practice by professional directories.
A number of cases that he has appeared in are now regularly cited as leading authorities in extradition texts and High Court appeals.
He has also represented individual and corporate clients for more than 20 years in complex commercial fraud and regulatory proceedings, from the Maxwell case through Barings Bank, from the Jubilee Line extension to the first of the Torex trials and Kaupthing Bank. He has a particular expertise in multi-juridictional investigations and proceedings in civil and criminal cases and regularly advises individuals and corporations on judicial co-operation and mutual assistance, setting aside Interpol Red Notices, Eurojust and US Department of Justice investigations.
Brandon has experience in High Court contempt proceedings: he acted for the Lebanese oil and construction group Consolidated Contractors in proceedings before the commercial court for contempt in the notorious Masri litigation and has recently been instructed in a high-profile contempt action in the Chancery Division.
In a distinct but long-standing element to his practice, he has acted for numerous police officers of federated rank in misconduct proceedings and police appeals tribunals across England, as an instructed advocate, and formally as a solicitor and partner at Russell Jones & Walker (now Slater & Gordon). He has also recently acted as legal adviser to a misconduct panel, convened to consider allegations of gross misconduct made against an officer of ACPO rank.
Arising from his police discipline practice, Brandon has also appeared in numerous inquests in death-in-police-custody cases, acting for individual officers.
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