Ben is a civil litigation and personal injury lawyer with skills across several areas. He combines an eye for detail with a passion for advocacy.
Problems he can help with include cross-border litigation, insolvent defendants / suspect insurance cover, companies, capacity to sue, quantum in high-value and fatal injury cases, limitation, assaults, psychiatric injury, the Motor Insurers Bureau and road traffic insurance. He edits the RTA chapter in APIL Personal Injury and is a junior editor of Kemp & Kemp.
Ben combines this technical expertise with his extensive experience of advocacy in a number of different forums, gained over 13 years of practice in a busy common law set.
Ben frequently pleads and appears in cases within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court, instructed both by shipowners and injured crewmen, officers, stevedores, passengers and others. Recent cases include:
Ben lectures on cross-border personal injury litigation, jurisdiction and choice of law. Recent travel law cases include:
Ben has a busy practice in domestic personal injury litigation. Much of this involves unpicking the details of complex construction site and industrial accidents, frequently involving workers who cannot give instructions in English. He is skilled in RTA liability and insurance. Much of his time is taken up with advising and drafting schedules of loss in claims worth £250,000 to £1.5m and he has advised on aspects of much higher-value claims.
Ben also accepts instructions in clinical negligence cases, the following being a sample of his recent work:
Ben regularly acts for bereaved families at inquests into workplace, hospital and road traffic deaths, and is familiar with the extreme pressures which these hearings place on relatives of the deceased. The stress is particularly acute in the case of hospital inquests, where the family usually requires insulation from the trust’s understandably anxious employees. Ben has seen inquests from the other side too, representing local authorities, major public companies and witnesses before the coroner. Ben wrote the chapter on inquests in the 9 Gough Chambers book, Clinical Negligence Claims (second edition).
Ben has a growing practice dealing with the negligence of professionals in the above fields.
Bar Standards Board registered name: Benedict James Rodgers.
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Ben also welcomes instructions in business and property cases.
His experience of business cases includes disputes about title to goods, building and IT disputes and claims for agents' fees. Recent cases include:
His construction experience started with being sole counsel for the Defendant builder in (1) Sunshine Ventures Ltd (2) Rashmi Thakar v Hussein Kurdieh  EWHC 2866 (QB), where the High Court accepted his submission that the clients had wrongfully repudiated the building contract.
In property litigation, Ben has experience of a range of disputes including possession against tenants, trespassers and mortgagors; disrepair; unlawful eviction; service charges; boundary disputes; rights of way; commercial tenancy renewals; and Party Wall Act 1996 appeals. Property cases include: