Ben Wild

Third Six Pupil

Ben joins 9BR from the Crown Prosecution Service where he served as a highly-regarded Grade 3, RASSO-trained Crown Advocate.

He has 8 years of experience as a qualified Solicitor, Solicitor Advocate and then Barrister, presenting in the Court of Appeal, Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Regulatory Tribunals.

He has a reputation for excellence, taking on cases at very short notice with calm tenacity under pressure, intellectual acumen and a likeable advocacy style. He is also known for his persuasive negotiation techniques, and his warmth of character with clients and colleagues.

Background and experience

As a CPS Crown Advocate, Ben prosecuted a series of Crown Court Grade 3 trials including violent and organised crime, child and adult sex offences, witness intimidation, fraud, domestic abuse matters, cross-border offences, and weapons offences, gaining plaudits from Judges, officers, defence and CPS colleagues alike. He has appeared as both sole and junior advocate in the Court of Appeal, including in the leading ‘small boats’ sentencing case of R v Ginar 2023.

Prior to this, he was a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the International Justice and Organised Crime Division, prosecuting cases involving international firearms and drugs importation, human trafficking and money laundering. He also has extensive experience as Magistrates’ Court advocate, being promoted quickly from Crown Prosecutor to Senior Crown Prosecutor.

Before joining the CPS, Ben was a Case Presenter for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, prosecuting highly complex regulatory cases such as abuse of patients, contribution to death cases and dishonesty offences. He has experience of providing written legal guidance on matters of international law to Government Ministers from his time as an Advisory Lawyer with the Government Legal Department.

As a Co-Editor of the New Journal of European Criminal Law with an MA in International Law, Ben takes a keen interest in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights and extradition.

General Crime

R v Y, 2024

S4A stalking, robbery x2 and threatening to disclose private sexual photos – Crown Court trial, prosecuting. Instructed on PM of Day 1. After all previous counsel had agreed no plea deal possible, negotiated acceptable pleas and a lengthy restraining order, to the delight of the victim.

R v T [2024] EWCA Crim 62

Sole counsel for the Respondent in this media interest appeal against sentence. The appeal was allowed.

R v C and M, 2023

Robbery – Two-handed. Victim had no memory due to intoxication and being attacked from behind. ID case involving a chain of police ID evidence using CCTV stills and triangulating stills with post-robbery financial transactions. Successfully adduced a defendant's bad character.

Result: conviction

R v M, 2022

A highly sensitive media interest sentencing case involving a former Family Liaison police officer seducing the sister of the deceased person whose case he had been assigned to.

Immigration, Nationality and Asylum

R v Ginar [2023] EWCA Crim 1121

Junior counsel for the Respondent in this leading ‘small boats’ sentencing case, also drafting the Respondent’s Notice. The appeal was dismissed.

Rape and Sexual Offences

R v H, 2024

Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child – Crown Court re-trial, prosecuting (not original trial counsel). Accepted as a late return against highly experienced defence counsel. The case involved two sets of ABE and section 28 cross-examination, as well as live evidence from Crown witnesses and the defendant.

Result: conviction

R v D, 2024

a sensitive media interest Crown Court sentencing case involving a convicted child sex offender grooming and attempting to molest a neighbourhood friend’s child. Prosecuting. Total sentence 4 years 1 month.

R v H, 2023

Sexual assault x2 – Crown Court trial, prosecuting. Instructed on Day 1, having completed another trial that morning. No CCTV, forensic or eyewitness evidence. Successfully resisted a half-time submission, a bad character application against the complainant, and part of an application to adduce her full sexual history.

R v C, 2022

Sexual Assault and Possession of False ID – Crown Court trial, prosecuting. Involved groping of victim in Eurotunnel queue and possession of false Belgian ID. No CCTV, forensics, or eyewitnesses. Involved victim’s evidence via videolink from the Netherlands using an International Letter of Request which I advised on, and expert evidence re the ID.

Result: conviction

Violence

R v G, 2024

Malicious communications, ABH x2, perverting the course of justice, and theft – Crown Court trial, prosecuting. Negotiated acceptable pleas and a lengthy restraining order after succeeding in getting the victim, who had previously disengaged, to court. The victim was delighted and felt she could now move on with her life.

R v B, 2024

A highly complex media interest Crown Court sentencing across three separate matters involving firearms and other weapons offences, ABHs, racially aggravated offences, robbery and public order offences. Prosecuting. Total sentence of 7 years 6 months.

R v S, 2024

GBH, controlling and coercive behaviour and a further 7 separate assaults. Crown Court trial, prosecuting. Succeeded, despite the victim having disengaged, in securing acceptable pleas and a contested 15 year restraining order.

R v B, 2024

Controlling and coercive behaviour x2, stalking s4A x2, criminal damage x2, intentional strangulation and x7 batteries – Crown Court trial, prosecuting. Late return. Succeeded in negotiating acceptable pleas after former counsel’s indication of no prospect of this.

R v D, 2023

ABH – Crown Court trial involving the assault of a young boy in front of his mother by a mentally challenged defendant. Prosecuting. Succeeded in agreeing the evidence of the victim and introducing the defendant’s bad character at late notice.

Result: conviction

Publications

Awards

  • CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor (South East) Commendation Award 2022
  • CPS Director of Public Prosecutions Commendation Award 2021
  • Winner of the Kher Solicitors Award for Best Answer in an Advanced Criminal Law Exam 2015
  • Winner of the BPP Innovation Award 2014

Languages

English (native), French (working), Spanish (basic)

Activities and interests

  • Poetry
  • Boxing
  • MMA
  • Music
  • Faith

Social Media

LinkedIn

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PROFILE: Ben Wild

Year called

2024 (Admitted as a solicitor in 2016)

Specialisms

Crime

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Crime

International

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International

Extradition

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Extradition

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

2014 - Legal Practice Course - BPP Law School - Pass with Distinction

2013 - Graduate Diploma in Law - BPP Law School - Pass with Commendation

2011 - MA International Law - United Nations University for Peace - Grade: 9.5/10

2010 - BA(Joint Honours) Politics and Modern History - University of Manchester - First Class

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

Inner Temple

Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship

Justice Defenders

Advocate (Bar Council Pro Bono Charity)

Appointments

Co-Editor of the New Journal of European Criminal Law

(former) Co-Chair of the CPS Prosecution Christian Fellowship

CPS's Grade 3 General Crime Panel