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Ben Ticehurst is an experienced and highly effective solicitor; he has an impressive work ethic and positive approach to difficult legal issues.

Legal 500 2021

Ben Ticehurst is an experienced litigation and regulatory lawyer specialising in business crime, white-collar crime and investigations, increasingly with a global focus. 

Ben has a lengthy track record of representing corporates, and senior business executives who have found themselves at the centre of fraud, bribery and corruption, and other white-collar crime investigations. 

His experience as a fraud and white-collar crime specialist has seen him defend clients successfully in cases brought by the SFO, NCA, CPS, the Insolvency Service, and HMRC. Ben is experienced in the niche area of private prosecutions advising companies, and high-net-worth individuals who have been victims of fraud or other white-collar crime.

Ben acts on a myriad issues, often high-profile and involving allegations of conspiracy to defraud, multi-million pound tax credit schemes and VAT fraud, global bribery and corruption probes, and major energy sector investigations. He also defends financial services professionals in complex fraud prosecutions and money laundering prosecutions.

Ben's expertise additionally covers HMRC  Tax disputes, whether a criminal investigation or prosecution, or civil litigation before the Tax Tribunal.

In the regulatory field, Ben represents professionals in many different sectors with a prominent slant to FCA authorised persons and those in the sports industry.

Ben often represents company directors in insolvency proceedings and advises them of any personal ramifications arising from an insolvent company. 

Ben's straightforward approach sees him offer creative and pragmatic solutions for his clients. This includes assembling a forensic team, when appropriate, to assist companies with internal investigations and the implementation of compliance and training programs to tackle and prevent all forms of financial crime.

Ben acts as a Conference Quality Officer of the Business Crime Committee for the International Bar Association as well as being an active member and thought leader in the following professional associations: Fraud Lawyers Association; Fraud Advisory Panel; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association; and Private Prosecutors Association. 

Recent work
  • Represented a former CEO in a global bribery and corruption SFO investigation regarding corrupt payments to Saudi Government Officials.
  • Represented an oil and gas executive in an NCA investigation regarding allegations of paying bribes to the former Nigeria Oil Minister.
  • Represented a senior executive relating to the SFO's Unaoil bribery and corruption investigation with allegations centering around corrupt payment to Azerbaijani government officials.
  • Advising and Litigating on behalf of a computer company on its appeal in the Tax Tribunal after a HMRC denial of VAT for alleged involvement in the Missing Trader Intra-Community fraud.
  • Successfully representing a Panama based law firm on its application for the release of seized cash by the Met Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
  • Bringing multiple private prosecutions on behalf of Europe's largest weekly money lending company.
  • Advising a company as to its exposure and vulnerability to allegations of money laundering arising out of the first unexplained wealth order issued by the High Court.
"He is a very versatile lawyer and he is good at devising strategies and giving overviews on cross-border investigations." Chambers UK 2021


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