Ian Benjamin SC

Ian Benjamin SC

"Covers a broad range of work, including financial services regulatory, insolvency, insurance and tax disputes. He is a well-known figure in Trinidadian advocacy and is respected for his abilities in court."


Chambers & Partners

For enquiries please contact

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor
Senior Clerk
+44 (0)20 7842 3706
Click here to email

Luke Diebelius

Luke Diebelius
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3711
Click here to email

Jessica Green
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7583 3335
Click here to email

Expertise

Reported Administrative & Public Law Cases


The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago and (2) The Director of Public Prosecutions v Lennox Phillip also called Yasin Abu Bakr and 113 Others Co (Trinidad and Tobago) [1994] UKPC 33

Acting for the Attorney-General to argue validity of pardon granted after attempted coup.


Sharma v Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions & Ors (Trinidad and Tobago) [2006] UKPC 57

Acting for the Government to ascertain whether decision to charge Chief Justice with perverting course of justice should be made by judicial review or through criminal process


Sherman McNicholls v Judicial and Legal Service Commission (Trinidad and Tobago) [2010] UKPC 6

Acting for Chief Magistrate seeking judicial review of Judicial and Legal Service Commission decision to prefer disciplinary charges.


Fishermen and Friends of the Sea -v- Environmental Management Authority and others [2018] UKPC 24

Acting for Environmental Management Authority in resisting claim for extending time for leave to apply for judicial review.


Ferguson, Maritime Life (Caribbean) Ltd & Ors v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago) [2016] UKPC 2

Acting for Director of Public Prosecutions in judicial review proceedings to determine validity and effect of retrospective repeal of legislation to introduce statutory limitation for criminal prosecutions.

Notable Administrative & Public Law Cases


Acting for the Judicial and Legal Service Commission in respect of High Court judge challenge to revocation of appointment.

Reported Banking & Finance Cases


Deslauriers and another v Guardian Asset Management Limited [2017] UKPC 34

Acting for property development company resisting liability to repay principal loan and enforcement by order of sale.

Reported Commercial Disputes Cases


Mohammed v Gomez & Ors [2019] UKPC 46

Acting for the appellant in challenging decision that the respondents were entitled to equitable interests in the homes built and maintained by them on appellant’s property during the ownership of his predecessors.


L’Anse Fourmi Trust Holding Co Ltd v Anse Fourmi Beach and Rainforest Resort Ltd and ors

Successfully acting for property development company re dispute to title for proposed hotel and condominium development.

Notable Financial Services Cases


Advising a Big Four accountancy firm in respect of potential libel and regulatory action.

Reported Insurance Cases


Super Chem Products Ltd v American Life and General Insurance Co Ltd & Ors (Trinidad and Tobago) [2004] UKPC 2

Successfully acting for insurers in repudiating liability for insurance cover.

Reported Media, Entertainment & Sport Cases


Independent Publishing Company Ltd v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago & Anor (Trinidad and Tobago) [2004] UKPC 26

Acting for newspaper in contempt of court proceedings.

Reported Professional Negligence Cases


Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd v Ryan & Anor (Trinidad and Tobago) [2017] UKPC 30

Acting for respondents regarding a claim for damages for lung disease and whether or not caused by oil fumes emanating from appellant company.

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


Acting for private hospital medical negligence claim where damages of TT$40 million claimed.

Notable Tax Cases


TT oil company - tax liability

Acting successfully for a TT oil company in respect of indemnity for tax liability.


Acting successfully for a TT energy company in tax dispute before the Tax Appeal Board.

"He's got an amazing advocacy style. He is the master of his brief and is extremely dynamic."


Chambers & Partners

Chambers & Partners – Global
  • General Business Law: Advocates – Trinidad & Tobago

  • LLM, University of Sydney (2002)
  • LLM, Cantab (1987)
  • BA, Cantab (1986)

  • Called to Bar Anguilla (2016​)
  • Called to Bar Grenada (2013)
  • Called to Bar Dominica (2008)
  • Called to Bar Trinidad & Tobago (1989)
  • Called to Bar England & Wales (1988)

  • CEDR Trained Mediator (2011)
  • CIArb Member (2017)
  • Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • University of Sydney Law Faculty Graduates Medal for Most Outstanding Masters’ Thesis (2003)
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Sydney, Australia (2000-2002)
  • Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship, London, England (1988-1990)
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship, England (1987)
  • Wright Rogers Scholarship in Law, University of Cambridge (1984, 1985 & 1987)

For enquiries please contact

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor
Senior Clerk
+44 (0)20 7842 3706
Click here to email

Luke Diebelius

Luke Diebelius
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3711
Click here to email

Jessica Green
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7583 3335
Click here to email

"He's got an amazing advocacy style. He is the master of his brief and is extremely dynamic."


Chambers & Partners

Chambers & Partners – Global
  • General Business Law: Advocates – Trinidad & Tobago

  • LLM, University of Sydney (2002)
  • LLM, Cantab (1987)
  • BA, Cantab (1986)

  • Called to Bar Anguilla (2016​)
  • Called to Bar Grenada (2013)
  • Called to Bar Dominica (2008)
  • Called to Bar Trinidad & Tobago (1989)
  • Called to Bar England & Wales (1988)

  • CEDR Trained Mediator (2011)
  • CIArb Member (2017)
  • Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • University of Sydney Law Faculty Graduates Medal for Most Outstanding Masters’ Thesis (2003)
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Sydney, Australia (2000-2002)
  • Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship, London, England (1988-1990)
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship, England (1987)
  • Wright Rogers Scholarship in Law, University of Cambridge (1984, 1985 & 1987)

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