Ben Summers was called to the Bar in 1994 and following a civil pupillage he joined QEB Hollis Whiteman where he was in independent practice for eight years.
He then joined leading white-collar solicitors firm Peters & Peters in March 2003 as an employed barrister and transferred to the solicitors’ profession in November 2004; he was appointed as a partner in November 2007. In May 2009, he resumed independent practice at the Bar and joined Three Raymond Buildings.
Summers has a practice in business crime, professional discipline, public inquiries and regulatory matters, with specialist experience in compliance issues. He has acted for national and multinational corporates and individuals in anti-bribery investigations and enforcement proceedings. He also gives advice on compliance policy and implementation in order to comply with UK, US and supra-national (OECD and UN) obligations.
He provides advice and representation in a wide range of fraud and anti-trust/cartel investigations and prosecutions including money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the public revenue and advance fee frauds, and is also experienced in cross-jurisdictional investigations and mutual assistance requests made by, and of, the UK.
Summers advises corporate and individual clients subject to FSA/FCA enforcement activity and in relation to non-contentious FSMA issues including advice on RTC and RDC decisions, as well as advising and representing individuals involved in disciplinary proceedings before their professional regulators. He acts for core participants and witnesses before public inquiries.
He provides advice on the drafting of policy, ongoing implementation and training to businesses concerned to comply with their Data Protection Act 1998 obligations. He has also acted for individuals and corporates in Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigations including matters involving high-profile losses of data by public bodies and where data protection issues arise in the context of criminal or regulatory investigations and proceedings.
He acted for the ICO in the first prosecution for conspiracy to commit offences under the DPA (2013). Summers has also advised government departments on Freedom of Information Act 2000 matters.
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