Ben joined Chambers in 2017 and has quickly developed a busy commercial and chancery practice spanning Chambers’ practice areas. He has particular experience in civil fraud and asset recovery exercises, international arbitration, commercial litigation (including aviation, telecoms, international sale of goods, and energy), company law and shareholder disputes, financial services regulation and litigation, and contentious trusts and estates litigation.
A large proportion of Ben’s work has an international or offshore element and he has a particular interest in the jurisdictional and enforcement issues these raise. Ben has undertaken placements both in the global disputes team of an oil and gas major and the litigation team of a leading Jersey law firm. He has also been instructed to advise and/or act in relation to the DIFC, the Astana International Financial Centre, Jersey, Guernsey, BVI, the Singapore International Commercial Court, and LCIA, DIFC, ICC, and ICSID arbitrations. As a result of these varied experiences, Ben is able to take a flexible and creative approach to the problems brought to him.
Ben is a robust advocate and, unusually for his call, has substantial Court and trial experience, both as a junior and as sole counsel. He appeared as a junior (led by Elspeth Talbot Rice QC) on the two-week trial of First National Trustco (UK) Limited & Anor v Page & Ors  EWHC 1187 (Ch) in the Chancery Division and on the two-week trial of Lloyd v Kruger  EWHC 2011 (Comm) in the Circuit Commercial Court (led by Sarah Bayliss). He has also appeared as sole counsel at the final hearing of an LCIA arbitration before a three-member tribunal and regularly appears on interlocutory applications in both the High Court and the County Court.
On a recent interlocutory application in the High Court, against an opponent of far more senior call, the judge complimented Ben on his “excellent” skeleton argument and oral submissions. Clients have reported that his “handling of the case was just excellent” , praised him on his “outstanding” written work, and thanked him for going “above and beyond” for them. Silks describe his written work as “excellent” and praise him as a “brilliant” junior who “works like a Trojan”.
Ben is happy to be instructed on his own or as part of a larger team, and has been instructed as sole counsel on various High Court claims including: a substantial sale of goods claim; a 7-figure claim with jurisdictional issues; s.994 unfair prejudice petitions; and successfully overcoming allegations of breaches of international economic sanctions to obtain judgment on a US$850,000 claim.
Some examples of recent work are:
- Sole counsel on an LCIA arbitration concerning allegations of deceit and unjust enrichment, including appearance at the final hearing before a 3-member tribunal.
- Toucan Energy Holdings Ltd & Anr v Wirsol Energy Ltd & Ors – acting and appearing as junior counsel (led by Stephen Cogley QC and Samuel Townend) on a US$60 million energy and construction dispute in the Commercial Court.
- Acting and advising as junior counsel (led by Edward Cumming QC) in relation to an arbitral application to support the overseas enforcement of a 9-figure LCIA award.
- AMC III Purple BV v Amethyst Radiotherapy Limited  EWHC 1503 (Comm) – acting and advising as junior counsel (led by Edward Cumming QC) in relation to the successful application for summary judgment and resistance to a stay in favour of an indirectly connected arbitration.
- First National Trustco (UK) Limited & Anor v Page & Ors  EWHC 1187 (Ch) – appearing as junior counsel (led by Elspeth Talbot Rice QC) in a two-week trial involving claims on a trustee indemnity and allegations of asset misappropriation.
- Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing Ltd v JSC Kazteleradio – acting as sole counsel on a telecoms claim for in excess of US$5 million.
- Instructed as sole counsel on an asset recovery exercise following misappropriation of sums in alleged breach of trust.
- Harrison-Mills v The Public Trustee & Ors  EWCA Civ 966 – acting as junior counsel (led by Sarah Bayliss) on this appeal concerning the construction of a 1924 indenture.
- Lloyd v Kruger  EWHC 2011 (Comm) – acting and appearing as junior counsel (led by Sarah Bayliss) in a two-week fraud trial in the Circuit Commercial Court raising issues of deceit and forgery.
- Acting and advising (led by Edward Cumming QC) in relation to claims for breach of trust and dishonest assistance against financial institutions.
- Acting and advising (led by Elspeth Talbot-Rice QC and Hugh Miall) in relation to a Jersey dispute concerning alleged breaches of directors’ duties.
- Sinel v Hennessy  JRC065A – acting (led by Edward Cumming QC) in relation to a substantial multi-jurisdictional probate dispute before the Jersey Court, which raised important issues of privilege, confidentiality, and proprietary rights over documents.
- Advising (led by Rupert Reed QC and Matthew Watson) in relation to an international sale of goods dispute and DIFC-seated arbitration.
- Obtaining – as sole counsel – urgent ex parte injunctive relief from the High Court.
Further details of Ben’s experience are set out below by practice area.
Areas of experience
- BA, Philosophy and Politics (First Class) – Durham University
- GDL and BPTC – City University
- LLM, International Commercial Law (Distinction) – University College London
Scholarships and Prizes
- The Peter Taylor Scholarship
- Maitland Advocacy Prize
- Major Exhibition (Inner Temple)
- Clifford Chance Palatinate Shield
Lectures and Seminars
- Ben regularly provides seminars and lectures, at conferences or as inhouse presentations. He is very happy to talk on any subject within his practice areas. He has previously given talks on topics including:
- Interim injunctions in the DIFC
- The Disclosure Pilot and predictive coding
- Tracing and unjust enrichment
- ICSID, bilateral investment treaties, and other investment claims
- The application and use of financial regulatory rules in civil claims
- Freezing and proprietary injunctions
- Civil fraud claims and family offices