Ben Posford is Head of Catastrophic Injury at Osbornes Law
Ben acts exclusively for claimants who have suffered life-changing injuries of the utmost severity, including neuro-trauma, fatalities, brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, disfiguring burns and other severe personal injuries.
Recommended as a leading lawyer in the fields of both personal injury law and clinical negligence in the Legal 500 independent client directory, Ben is also a band one (top-ranked) leading individual in Chambers & Partners, the other key legal directory.
Ben has a special interest in early rehabilitation and adapted accommodation 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 housing.
He regularly contributes to the national media on issues concerning health and safety, corporate or gross negligence manslaughter, and the calculation of compensation awards for catastrophic injuries. He has written for The Times, various legal journals, and appeared on the BBC. In recent years he has been quoted in a range of diverse publications including the Evening Standard, Mail, The Times, Mirror and the New York Post, along with legal publications such as Legal Futures, the Law Society Gazette and the Solicitors Journal.
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 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 is also accredited by APIL as an advanced specialist in the fields of brain injury and fatal accidents, and is an assessor for APIL’s accreditation schemes in these specialisms.
Ben has an approachable and down-to-earth manner, and 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.
What the legal directories say
Ben Posford has been recommended as a leading lawyer in the key legal directories for many years. The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories are important to solicitors because they are entirely independent; it is not possible to buy good reviews or a higher ranking.
Chambers & Partners (“top ranked” leading individual):
Ben is one of only a few London personal injury solicitors in the band one (“top tier”) ranking in Chambers & Partners. Recent comments include the following:
“Beneath Ben Posford’s calm and reassuring presence… lies a formidable tactical and legal brain.”
“Ben Posford is one of the best catastrophic injury lawyers around.”
Ben Posford…“couples meticulous legal skills with a hugely personable manner with clients and opponents.”
“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.’”
“Ben Posford is highlighted by sources for his ability to handle a range of high-profile and high-value catastrophic injury claims.”
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.”
Legal 500 (“recommended lawyer”):
For many years Ben has been recommended in the Legal 500 client directory as a “leading individual” in the fields of personal injury law and clinical negligence.
Over the years Ben has variously been described as:
“exceptional, and a real expert in the field of catastrophic injury”
“he finds angles other lawyers miss and fights incredibly hard for his clients”
“an excellent practical litigator who offers exceptional service’, ‘tactically astute… he is one of the best personal injury solicitors around”
“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 brain and spinal injury claims”
“he knows how to maximise the value of the claim for his clients”.
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
“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 (such as the Croydon Tram Derailment), and claims where defendants have been prosecuted and imprisoned for health & safety breaches.
The majority of Ben’s cases however involve traumatic brain injuries, amputations, fatalities and spinal cord injuries, and for many years Ben has been recovering millions of pounds in compensation for clients and their families, and continues to do so.