Ben is a solicitor and partner at Serious Law. He has been responsible for many of the firm’s most complex and high-value cases over the last 20 years.
He has represented numerous adults and children in cases involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, cerebral palsy, other serious injuries, and fatal accidents.
Ben’s focus is always rehabilitation and practical support for his clients, together with ensuring they achieve the best possible outcome in their claim.
He regularly concludes multi-million-pound settlements on behalf of his clients, often involving a lump sum of damages combined with an annual payment, for life.
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) panel solicitor
Headway panel solicitor
BASIC (Brain and Spinal Injury Centre) panel solicitor
Legal 500 "Leading Individual":
2015: "Very knowledgeable"
2016: "Extensive experience of handling very serious personal injury claims. The team is a shining example of how difficult cases ought be managed."
2017: "An outstanding professional who has excellent communication skills and is fully supportive of his clients"
2018: "An excellent communicator, supportive of his clients and well versed in the importance of rehabilitation"
2019: "Ben Priestley is a real star of the personal injury profession"
Current and recently concluded cases include:
Spinal cord injury – paraplegia – 23-year-old passenger in car
Spinal cord injury – incomplete tetraplegia – 88-year-old passenger in car
Spinal cord injury – tetraplegia – 16-year-old – accident in gym class
Spinal cord injury – high tetraplegia – accident in exercise class
Spinal cord and brain injury – fall from height in hotel
Spinal cord and brain injury – passenger in car - alcohol and seat belt issues – 'locked-in syndrome'
Spinal cord and brain injury – pedestrian struck by van whist walking to church
Spinal cord injury – fall from height whilst working in shopping centre
Brain Injury – 13 year old struck by car close to school - £12.3m gross settlement
Brain injury – motorcyclist struck by car turning across path
Brain injury – cyclist without helmet knocked off bike in central London
Brain injury – minimally conscious state – 26-year-old passenger in car driven at high speed
Brain injury – pillion passenger thrown from motorcycle
Brain injury – pedestrian struck by delivery car at night on poorly lit road
Brain injury – 2-year-old passenger in car
Fatal accident – motor sport event – multiple defendants
Fatal accident – road traffic accident after lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel
Fatal accident – pedestrian struck by off-duty policeman on unlit road
Fatal accident – motorist struck escaped cattle
Lower limb amputation – cyclist struck by Range Rover
Above knee amputation – motorcyclist struck by turning car
Serious orthopaedic / polytrauma injuries – pedestrian struck by car when attempting to assist after previous accident
Many cases involving pedestrians (often children) being struck by cars and buses leading to brain and spinal cord injuries
Numerous clinical negligence cases including nursing negligence leading to amputation; mismanaged delivery leading to cerebral palsy; neonatal hypoglycaemia; negligently performed spinal surgery leading to paralysis; failure to diagnose spinal fractures / bleed / abscess in A & E and mismanagement of anticoagulant medication
Criminal injuries compensation claims – successful appeal of previous award before the tribunal panel resulting in a maximum award available under the scheme
Ben also receives instructions in cases where a previous serious injury claim has been under-settled by the client’s previous solicitors
Ben is a Trustee of a UK charity that provides distance-learning diplomas for refugees in East Africa.
"Brain injury is like no other personal injury claim so having the right, specialist legal team is essential. We are reaching the end of our litigation journey and I will always be grateful for the amazing support from Serious Law and in particular Ben Priestley, who made sure we got the best possible outcome for my severely brain injured husband, whilst helping me to stay solvent and sane through what is a complex and often challenging process.Mrs C Korving, wife of brain injured client
"First and foremost I would like to say a big thank you to you and your team for all the work you have undertaken over the past 3 years which culminated in the positive outcome for XXXX yesterday. From the first time we met I have been very impressed by your honesty, integrity and ability to explain complex issues into normal speak. I don't know if this has been a straight forward or complex case for you but what I do know is that you have provided XXXX with hope and purpose where there so easily could have been a giant void for her after what happened whilst realistically managing her expectations throughout.Mr D Jones, brother of client who has a spinal cord injury
"The overall package of what you have done has been brilliant. The outcome I got means that I am set up for life now. You and your firm have been really helpful and you as a team have been fantasticMr S.L.R. - major trauma patient, Manchester
"I just wanted to repeat what mum has already said. We have felt in safe hands the whole way through this process. You have been clear and precise at all times, and unfailingly diligent. A massive thank you from the whole family for your expert guidance and supportMr G.D. - son of client who suffered a spinal cord injury"Once again I would just like to thank-you Ben, Rob and all of the team who helped with the case. I appreciate it was a tough case and I’m grateful you took it on and fought our corner. My mother and father asked me to tell you how grateful they are and that you're in their daily prayersMrs N.K. daughter of client with brain injury following clinical negligence"Gillian Lakes, Ben Priestley and Richard Crabtree have display an excellent ability to understand complex issues. They make clients feel comfortable and at ease.The Legal 500"Ben Priestley is a real star of the personal injury profession. He is unfailingly calm and polite, unflappable and able to conduct the most complex litigation. He is superb with clients, opponents and counsel.The Legal 500"Ben Priestley – Ben has a very calming manner and amazing people skills; he's someone you'll look forward to seeing as he builds a strong bond with his clients. Don't confuse kindness with weakness, Ben's legal knowledge and experience means he'll fight for his clients every step of the way.The Legal 500"Ben Priestley, Tim Walters and Chris Lecky care about their client and families and demonstrate this by taking a clinical and personal interest whilst maintaining professional boundaries. They go above and beyond in terms of facilitating for any issues that arise and help to troubleshoot by acting as an extension of the treating team.The Legal 500