Ben Posford is Head of the Catastrophic Injury Department at Osbornes Ben Posford acts exclusively for claimants who have suffered life-changing injuries of the utmost severity, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, fatalities, amputations, disfiguring burns and other severe injuries, in particular cauda equina syndrome.
Ben is recommended as a leading lawyer in the fields of both personal injury law and clinical negligence in the Legal 500 independent client directory, and is a band one (top-ranked) “leading individual” in the other key legal directory, Chambers & Partners. Ben is also an accredited Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Ben has a special interest in early rehabilitation and housing issues for the seriously injured, particularly those with severe brain injuries, paraplegia or tetraplegia, and on behalf of his clients pursues insurers for initial compensation payments from the outset to establish effective care and therapy regimes, and to secure appropriate accommodation.
He regularly contributes to the national media on issues such as employers’ liability, corporate or gross negligence manslaughter, and compensation awards for catastrophic injuries. He has written for The Times, various legal journals, and appeared on BBC Radio. He has forthright views about the rights of people who are injured through no fault of their own, and lectures on issues involving compensation and civil procedure.
Ben is an accredited Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and for several years has been the elected Secretary of APIL’s national Damages Special Interest Group. Through APIL he has been a contributor to working parties on reform of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, Lord Justice Briggs’ proposals for the introduction of online courts, reforms to the calculation of accommodation claims in catastrophic injury cases, and new sentencing guidelines for gross negligence manslaughter.
Ben Posford was shortlisted as one of three finalists for Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards in both 2014 and 2015, in which year the department won Claimant Personal Injury Team of the Year.
Ben is always happy to discuss and explain the law to individuals who are unsure about their right to compensation, either in person or over the telephone, and has a reputation for pursuing and winning complex and high-profile claims.
What the legal directories say:
Ben Posford has been recommended as a leading lawyer in both the key legal directories for several years. The directories are important to solicitors because they are entirely independent; it is not possible to buy good reviews or a higher ranking. Recent comments include the following:
“Sources regard him as a ‘really good, very imaginative lawyer’ and also say he is ‘very thorough, extremely diligent and he treats clients with such sensitivity.'” Chambers UK 2018
“‘Star performer’ Ben Posford is ‘a dynamic and impressive’ solicitor who takes ‘a creative and dedicated approach to claims of the utmost complexity’; he specialises in catastrophic injury claims, including complex spinal cord injury and cauda equina cases.” Legal 500 2017
“Ben Posford is highlighted by sources for his ability to handle a range of high-profile and high-value catastrophic injury claims. He is also noted for his ‘excellent experience’ and for being a ‘dedicated and diligent’ practitioner.” Chambers UK 2017
“Ben Posford is one of the best catastrophic injury lawyers around.” Chambers UK 2016
“Ben Posford specialises in catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims” Legal 500 – 2016 edition
“As a real specialist in spinal cord injuries, Ben Posford is always looking at new angles on how to maximise his cases.” Chambers UK 2016
“Ben Posford of Osbornes LLP is an incredibly experienced catastrophic injury practitioner who is adept at handling complex brain and spinal cord injuries. According to commentators, “he stands out as someone who always has his eye on the ball” and “he is highly regarded in the market.” Chambers UK 2015
Ben Posford “finds angles other lawyers miss and fights incredibly hard for his clients” Legal 500 – 2015 edition
Ben Posford… is singled out for his expertise in high-level catastrophic claims, particularly his handling of devastating brain and spinal injuries. He is described as a “fantastic lawyer who is extremely personable in dealing with clients and with opponents, and he has an unusual level of knowledge of the intricacies of procedure and substantive law.” Chambers UK 2014
Ben Posford is “exceptional, and a real expert in the field of catastrophic injury”. Legal 500 – 2014 edition
“Ben Posford… is considered instrumental in the rapidly growing reputation of his firm’s personal injury department.” Chambers UK 2013
Ben Posford is “tactically astute” and “one of the best personal injury solicitors around”. Legal 500 – 2012 edition
Ben Posford…“couples meticulous legal skills with a hugely personable manner with clients and opponents,” and is noted for his skills in “directing and motivating those working beneath him.” Chambers UK 2012
Ben Posford “knows how to maximise the value of the claim for his clients”. Legal 500 – 2011 edition
Memberships and Accreditations
Headway – the brain injury association – Approved Solicitor
Spinal Injuries Association – Approved Solicitor
The Brain Injury Group – Approved Solicitor
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); Accredited Fellow
The Law Society of England & Wales (Solicitor)
American Association of Justice (Foreign Member)
Kent Law Society
The Wine Society
“Ben Posford has supported and guided us through easily the most traumatic event in our lives with a compassion and empathy that has been unwavering. He has without exception put our daughter (his client) first in all discussions and deliberations and I cannot think of a single occasion where he has not been immediately available to us either by phone or email, which has inspired enormous confidence in him”.
“He was literally there as my rock in the eye of the storm and his approach helped me so much to cope”.
“Absolutely nothing escaped him. He read, considered and commented on everything that was put before him, and that was immensely reassuring as he showed so many times how absolutely ‘on the ball’ he was – that he knew his stuff and that we were in safe hands”.
“We are very proud to say that Ben represented our daughter and achieved a new beginning for her. She now looks forward to the future with genuine happiness and hope after an accident that left her feeling that there was no hope or meaningful future… A heart-felt thank you”.
Recent reported court decisions in which Ben has been instructed include Rogers v Enterprise Mouchel, Tafa v Matsim Properties, Cooper v Bright Horizons, and Ryan v Prescott Thomas.
Ben’s high-profile cases have included acting for celebrities, fatal accident claims involving significant media interest, claims where Defendants have been prosecuted and imprisoned, and most recently the Croydon Tram Derailment in 2016 and the 2017 Mangle Nightclub acid attack.
The majority of Ben’s cases however involve spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, and for more than 15 years Ben has recovered millions of pounds in compensation for clients across the country, and continues to do so.
Away from the office, Ben enjoys spending time with his young family and supporting his village cricket club. He lives in Kent.