Ben advises on high-value personal injury claims, particularly brain and spinal cord injuries, including claims with an international element. He has experience of equestrian cases, as well as burn and amputation injuries.



Ben has acted in many brain and spinal cord injury claims, including accidents abroad. He has supervised fee earners conducting many more. His highlights include achieving multimillion pound settlements resulting from a range of types of accidents, including road traffic accidents and accidents at work.



Ben previously worked for Armstrong Foulkes in Middlesbrough before joining Stewarts in 2004. He was made an associate in 2005 and a partner in 2006.

Ben has written his career story and experience of Stewarts for our careers section, you can view his story here.


Ben is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers 2024 and Legal 500.

Chambers has stated:

  • “Ben is very technical and expert.”
  • “Ben is an extremely thorough and effective advocate for his clients.”
  • “He’s on top of the detail and is a really good litigator.”
  • “Ben is extremely hard-working and puts in all the hours on behalf of his clients. He pulls out all the stops.”

Chambers has previously stated that he is “always on top of every last detail of his case” that he “is phenomenal, leaves no stone unturned, and is dedicated and hard-working”, and “confident and willing to do his best to achieve the best results.”

Legal 500 has called Ben a ‘Master tactician’

“Ben Townsend has vast experience as a tenacious PI litigator.”

Ben was named ‘Partner of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2021, at which it was said he “creates a progressive atmosphere for others to thrive in”.

Accreditations and Memberships

Ben is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He is a founding assessor for their brain and spinal cord injury panels.


Ben has given many talks about personal injury and related topics to organisations such as Headway UK, the Office of the Official Solicitor, BIRT and Barchester Homes. He has been published in the Solicitors Journal.


Ben enjoys playing guitar in his band, Legacy. He also enjoys reading (including Greg Bear and Clive Barker) and spending time with his triplets.