Edward Benson



Ed joined Chambers in 2021 after completing his pupillage under the supervision of Richard Sear and Thomas Harvey. He is building a practice in all areas of private family law, and has experience acting in financial remedy cases (including under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989), private children cases, and applications under the Family Law Act 1996. He will undertake pro bono instructions in suitable cases.

During pupillage, Ed assisted his supervisors and other members of Chambers across the spectrum of Chambers’ practice areas, including with numerous high-value financial remedy cases.

Prior to joining 1 Hare Court, Ed undertook a twelve-month pupillage at a leading commercial set of Chambers. He is therefore experienced in producing written opinions and pleadings, and comfortable with the complex commercial issues that often arise in financial remedy cases such as trust structures, company valuations, issues of ownership, and the offshoring of assets.

Before undertaking pupillage, Ed was the Fox Scholar at Canada’s leading litigation firm, where he worked on a variety of commercial and public law matters. He was a judicial assistant at the Ontario Court of Appeal, and a trainee in the Cabinet of Bernd Hammerman at the EFTA Court in Luxembourg.

During his legal studies, Ed was a part-time caseworker for the North Kensington Law Centre and Kensington CAB, including during the Grenfell Tower fire, and volunteered at FRU.

St Edmund Hall, Oxford University: BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (First-Class Honours).

BPP Law School:  Graduate Diploma in Law.

City, University of London: Bar Professional Training Course.

Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

St Paul’s School: Lord Pearson Prize (2007), Senior Scholarship (2010).

St Edmund Hall, Oxford University: Open Scholarship (2015), Final Honour School Prize (2016).

Oxford University: Ranked 1st in Year: British Politics and Government (2016).

City, University of London: Academic Scholarship (2017).

Inns of Court: Hardwicke Award (2017), Lord Denning Scholarship (2017), EFTA Court Scholarship (2018), Harold G. Fox Scholarship (2018). 

Other: 2nd Prize: UK Law Society Association International Mooting and Advocacy Competition (2018).


Ed is a cricket obsessive and occasional cricket broadcaster. He was part the official commentary team for the inaugural test match between Ireland v Pakistan in 2018.

Ed’s other interests are running, cooking, reading novels, and watching stand-up comedy.