Mr Benjamin Haigh
Benjamin qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 after gaining his LL.B. (Hons.) and LL.M. Furthermore, he completed his Legal Practice Course with Distinction. Whilst studying for the Legal Practice Course, Benjamin won the Solicitor's Family Law Association Prize and shortly afterwards won the Newcastle Prize, presented by the Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society.
Benjamin practices as a Solicitor and joined Cartwright King Solicitors in August 2010. He is predominately instructed by the Police Federation to represent Police Officers in Criminal and Misconduct investigations and proceedings.
He specialises in Criminal Defence work and trained at Beecham Peacock Solicitors in Newcastle upon Tyne and remained at that firm after qualification. Benjamin worked at Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors in the Newcastle upon Tyne office between August 2007 and July 2010.
Benjamin joined Durham Law School in October 2009 as a research student working towards the Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur). During this period of study, research has been undertaken at the University of Toronto and also the University of Cape Town.
Under the supervision of Mr Chris Riley and Professor Michael Bohlander, Benjamin's current research explores the current position in relation to Corporate Liability, specifically in relation to Corporate Manslaughter. The main focus of the research will be upon the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, its effectiveness and its impact. The research will also reflect upon the previous approach that was taken in relation to corporate liability, namely the identification doctrine. It will also consider the approach taken in other jurisdictions, focusing specifically upon the Canadian response.