Alex Benn

Call: 2021

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An excellent set with massive strength in fraud and serious crime.

Legal 500, 2022
Alex Benn

Personal profile

Alex appears on behalf of defendants at all stages of criminal proceedings, with particular experience of Serious Violence, Drugs Offences, Sexual Offences and Fraud.

At trial, Alex has represented defendants charged with a range of offences, including section 20 grievous bodily harm, threatening with an offensive weapon, possession with intent to supply class A drugs, stalking, sexual assault and fraud. Alex has also appeared in the early stages of proceedings relating to charges of attempted murder, rape, section 18 grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment and computer hacking. Alex has been instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Probation Service, both in the Crown Court and in Magistrates’ courts.

Before coming to the Criminal Bar, Alex graduated top of the year in law at the University of Oxford, receiving various university-wide prizes. Alex is now a senior lecturer in law at University College, Oxford, having taught for several colleges and the Law Faculty. Alex’s academic work focuses on criminal and discrimination law, analysing, in particular, the issue of classism. It has been cited in publications such as the Criminal Law Review, the European Human Rights Law Review and the Law Commission’s Hate Crime Laws: Final Report.

Alex uses ‘they/them’ and ‘he/him’ pronouns and, when necessary, the gender-open title, Mx.

Education

  • Law (Jurisprudence, BA), St Catherine’s College, Oxford: first-class honours
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), University College, Oxford: distinction

Awards

  • Wronker Prize (for best overall performance in law), University of Oxford
  • Gibbs Prize (for best combined performance in contract, land, tort and trusts law), University of Oxford
  • Slaughter and May Prize in Criminal Law, University of Oxford
  • Red Lion Chambers Prize in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford
  • Planethood Foundation Prize in International Criminal Law, University of Oxford
  • Law Faculty Prize in Comparative Equality Law, University of Oxford
  • Wronker Prize in Tort Law, University of Oxford
  • Wronker Prize in Jurisprudence, University of Oxford
  • David Blank Scholarship, St Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • Graduate Scholarship, University College, Oxford
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

Memberships

  • CBA
  • Lincoln’s Inn

Publications

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • With D Young, ‘The Loss or Destruction of Evidence’ in D. Young, Young, Corker and Summers on Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings (2022, 5th edn), pp 80-118
  • ‘Classism as Hate Crime: Proposing Class as a Protected Ground in Criminal Law’ (2021) 10 Criminal Law Review 809
  • ‘The Big Gap in Discrimination Law: Class and the Equality Act 2010’ (2020) 3(1) Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal 30, read here: ohrh.ox.ac.uk; ssrn.com

Journal Case Notes

  • ‘R (Ngole) v Sheffield University’ (2018) 7(2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 351
  • ‘R (A and B) v Secretary of State for Health’ (2017) 6(3) OJLR 631
  • ‘Re JS (A Child)’ (2017) 6(2) OJLR 413

Academic and Legal Websites

  • ‘Discrimination in Criminal Justice: Four Analytical Steps for Lawyers’ (2021) Legal Lifelines, legallifelines.co.uk
  • ‘Classism, Hate Crime and the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper 250: Lessons from
  • Discrimination Law’ (2021) OHRH Blog, ohrh.ox.ac.uk
  • With C Devlin, ‘The Maya Forstater Case and So-Called “Gender Critical” Feminism: What Was Actually Decided and What Does It Reveal about UK Discrimination Law?’ (2020) OHRH Blog, ohrh.ox.ac.uk
  • ‘The UK Supreme Court and the Gay Marriage Cake: Is “Indissociability” Half-Baked?’ (2019) OHRH Blog, ohrh.ox.ac.uk

Other Media

  • With R Karmy-Jones QC, ‘“Virginity Testing”, Hymen Surgery and Misogyny: What Should the Law Do?’ (2021) Counsel 38, available at counselmagazine.co.uk
  • With D Taylor, ‘We Don’t Think John Finnis Should Teach at Oxford University. Here’s Why’ (2019) The Guardian, theguardian.com

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