Ben Posford is Head of the Catastrophic Injury Department at Osbornes
Ben 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.
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 concerning health and safety, corporate or gross negligence manslaughter, and compensation awards for catastrophic injuries. He has written for The Times, various legal journals, and appeared on the BBC. 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 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 has twice been a finalist for Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards, and the department won Claimant Personal Injury Team of the Year in 2015.
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. He 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 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:
Ben is one of three London personal injury solicitors in the band one (“top tier”) ranking in Chambers & Partners 2019. Recent comments include the following:
“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.”
For many years Ben has been recommended in the Legal 500 client directory as a “leading individual” in the fields of both 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, claims where Defendants have been prosecuted and imprisoned, and most recently the Croydon Tram Derailment and the Mangle Nightclub acid attack.
The majority of Ben’s cases however involve spinal cord injuries, amputations, fatalities and traumatic brain injuries, and for many years Ben has been recovering 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.