BEN MANOVITCH

CONSULTANT SOLICITOR

AREAS OF PRACTICE

 

Ben fights tirelessly for all his clients. He represents individuals facing the most serious criminal allegations – from violent crime to fraud.

Ben also acts for clients in related civil matters, such as judicial reviews, injunction proceedings and civil contempt.

Ben has experience representing activists from a range of different protest groups and campaigns.

Anyone wanting pro bono advice or interested in instructing Ben on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis should drop him a line.

 

NOTABLE CASES

 

PROTEST

 

  • SCC v Crump and others, High Court

Defending four Sheffield tree campaigners with respect to a committal application for contempt of court. First time the High Court acknowledges defence of another as a defence to contempt of court

Challenging Sheffield Council’s application to expand the scope of a civil injunction into new areas of peaceful protest used protect Sheffield’s street trees

  • SCC v Compin, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court

Represented a tree campaigner accused of assault and obstructing a police officer

 

JUDICIAL REVIEW

 

  • N v Westminster Magistrates’ Court and the Metropolitan Police, High Court  

Application to review the court and police’s decision not to release funds to man who was left homeless and destitute as a result of the seizure, in breach of Article 3 of the Human Rights Act

Successful application of the court’s policy of convicting defendants of both the lesser and aggravated version of the same offence when based on the same facts

  • S v Brent Magistrates’ Court, High Court

Successful application to challenge an unlawful and irrational decision to pursue the claimant for council tax arrears

 

ROBBERY/BURGLARY

 

  • R v M, Leeds Crown Court

Representing man accused of leading an organised criminal group that have committed armed robberies in London and Leeds 

  • R v S, Central Criminal Court

Organised group that allegedly executed a series of armed robberies of homes and jewellery shops in East London

  • R v D, Woolwich Crown Court

Organised group alleged to have committed a series of violent armed robberies on Securicor vans in South London

 

SEXUAL OFFENCES

 

  • R v L, Bolton Crown Court  

Allegations of running two brothels

  • R v S, Isleworth Crown Court  

Historic sexual assault of a child family member

  • R v H, Southwark Crown Court  

Investigation and prosecution into online paedophilia groups

 

TERRORISM

 

  • R v W, Southwark Crown Court

£174 thousand conspiracy to mislabel packages containing khat being sent to the US and laundering the proceeds of the sale allegedly in order to fund the militant organisation Al-Shabaab

 

FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING

 

  • Operation Enderby 2, Central Criminal Court

Laundering millions of pounds from the UK to Hong Kong. Represented the first defendant out 16. The case was investigated by the National Crime Agency

  • Operation Yuletide, Southwark Crown Court

€100 million allegedly defrauded from a large multinational company and laundered through Malta, Spain, Lichtenstein, the UK, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Cyprus and Sri Lanka

  • R v M, Truro Crown Court  

​Multi-million pound fraud in which an architectural company is alleged to have issued fraudulent building certificates in order to gain investment monies

 

CONFISCATION, CIVIL RECOVERY, RESTRAINT ORDERS, CASH SEIZURE AND FORFEITURE

 

  • R v N, Westminster Magistrates’ Court

Unprecedented and successful application to release some funds seized under both POCA and PACE to a man who was left homeless (in breach of article 3) by the seizure of funds

  • Operation Prelacy, Southwark Crown Court

Confiscation and restraint order proceedings where the benefit figure was in excess of £192 million

  • R v Z, Kingston Crown Court

​Confiscation proceedings arising from a conspiracy to assist illegal immigration from Iran by creating fraudulent documentation

  

DRUGS/PHARMACEUTICAL

 

  • R v A, Kingston Crown Court

Possession with the intention to supply 7 kilograms of a class A drug

  • R v J, Central Criminal Court

Large scale pharmaceutical fraud and international money laundering operation

  • Operation Opaque, Central Criminal Court

£150 million cannabis production conspiracy investigated by SOCA (the forerunner to the NCA) and Dutch authorities

    

PRIVATE PROSECUTION

 

  • L v N, Reading Magistrates’ Court

Successful prosecution of the complainant in an assault case on the basis that he was the actual the aggressor (not my client, as was alleged)

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • First Class degree in International History & Politics from the University of Leeds
  • Commendation in the Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Distinction in the Legal Practice Course
  • Criminal Higher Rights of Audience
  • Criminal Litigation Scheme Accreditation (duty solicitor qualification)

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

 

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • The Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • The Haldane Society
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • Criminal Law Solicitors Association

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

T: 0208 963 1050

F: 0208 963 1975

E: ben@lloydspr.com