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Practice Summary

Ben has a broad practice covering all areas of Chambers' work, and is regularly instructed in complex and high-value disputes. He has particular experience in banking and financial services, civil fraud, EU/competition law and administrative law.

Ben’s current and recent instructions include:

  • Various Claimants v Mastercard -  Ben is instructed (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Matthew Cook QC) by Mastercard to defend claims brought by a number of large retailers in respect of payment card interchange fees.
     
  • Helix Subco S.a.r.l v Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited – Acting (with Camilla Bingham QC) for the Claimant in Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the purchase of a secured loan portfolio.
     
  • Countrywide Group Plc v John Bengt Moeller – Acting (with Edward Cumming QC) for the Claimant in Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the Defendant’s failure to complete a share purchase agreement.
     
  • Ocean Partners v Mr Tim Whyte et al – Acted (with Steven Elliott QC) for the Claimant in Chancery Division application to remove a security trustee.
     
  • Havant v OFGEM [2021] EWHC 84 (Admin) – Acted (with Thomas Sharpe QC) for the Claimants in high value judicial review proceedings against Ofgem. Ofgem had rejected the Claimants’ applications for registration on a renewable energy subsidy scheme. The Administrative Court quashed the rejections.
     
  • Cardiorentis v IQVIA - Acting (with Neil Kitchener QC and Laurence Emmett) for the Defendants in high value Commercial Court proceedings arising out of a pharmaceutical trial.  
     
  • Premiership Rugby Club v Premiership Rugby Ltd - Acted (with Lord Grabiner QC, Matthew Cook and Owain Draper) in a challenge to the legality of the rugby union salary cap, relying on Articles 101 and 102 TFEU and the allegation that the salary cap was not a proportionate means of ensuring the viability of premiership rugby. 
     

Before coming to the Bar, Ben was a stagiaire in the Cabinet of Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston at the European Court of Justice, where he worked on cases involving VAT, public procurement and sanctions law. Ben has undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and is comfortable in cases involving quantitative and numerical analysis.

 

EXAMPLES OF RECENT CASES

  • Arbitration

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    • LCIA Arbitration
      Advised (with Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury) on the interpretation of various parts of an arbitral award, for use before a foreign court.
    • DIFC-LCIA Arbitration
      During pupillage, assisted James Macdonald in defending a claim arising out of the sale of a UAE business.
    • s.103 of Arbitration Act 1996
      During pupillage, assisted Conall Patton in advising a company on its prospects of resisting enforcement of a foreign (New York Convention) arbitral award.
    • General Dynamics v Libya
      During pupillage, assisted James Ruddell in an appeal concerning the service of documents against a foreign state, for the purposes of enforcing an arbitral award.
  • Banking and Financial Services

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    • Helix Subco S.a.r.l v Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited
      Acting (with Camilla Bingham QC) for the Claimant in Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the purchase of a secured loan portfolio.
    • Henderson & Jones Limited v Rayson et al
      Acted for litigation funder which had purchased claims for unpaid brokerage fees.
    • Vestia v Deutsche Bank
      During pupillage, assisted James Macdonald in Financial List proceedings involving a €800m claim against Deutsche Bank in connection with interest rate derivative trades executed in the period between 2007-2012.
    • SBR v Crown
      During pupillage, assisted Sandy Phipps in claiming under an autonomous demand guarantee.
  • Civil Fraud and Economic Torts

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    • Yukos v Lynch
      During pupillage, assisted Seb Isaac in defending a Russian law claim arising out of the the auctions of Yukos Oil in Russia in 2007.
    • Avonwick v Azitio
      During pupillage, assisted Seb Isaac in defending a claim arising out of one of the largest corporate transactions in Ukrainian history, which Avonwick alleged included fraudulent misrepresentations.
    • Vestia v Deutsche Bank
      During pupillage, assisted James Macdonald in Financial List proceedings involving a €800m claim against Deutsche Bank in connection with interest rate derivative trades executed in the period between 2007-2012
    • Du Pont Pension Trust v Yuksel Insaat AS (Comm)
      During pupillage, assisting Jamie Goldsmith in acting for a group of financial institutions bringing claims for fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to senior notes issued by a Turkish construction group. The case involved intricate issues of jurisdiction and governing law.
    • Danish Customs and Tax Administration v Solo Capital Partners & Ors
      During pupillage, assisted Jamie Goldsmith in high profile US$1.5 billion claims against 98 defendants arising out of an alleged international conspiracy to deceive the Danish tax authority.Yukos v Lynch
  • Commercial Litigation

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    • Countrywide Group Plc v John Bengt Moeller
      Acting (with Edward Cumming QC) for the Claimant in Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the Defendant’s failure to complete a share purchase agreement.
    • Ocean Partners v Mr Tim Whyte et al
      Acted (with Steven Elliott QC) for the Claimant in Chancery Division application to remove a security trustee.
    • Cardiorentis v IQVIA
      Acting (with Neil Kitchener QC and Laurence Emmett) for the Defendants in high value Commercial Court proceedings arising out of a pharmaceutical trial. 
    • SPC Aviation Limited v GAMA Plc 
      Acted (with Sa'ad Hossain QC) for the Defendant in claims arising out of the alleged mismanagement of a private jet. The claim settled shortly before trial.
    • Carlyle Capital v Conway
      Assisted Steven Elliott QC in a Privy Council appeal concerning the content of a lawyer's ethical obligations towards the Court.
    • Halliburton v Chubb
      Assisted Lord Grabiner QC, Neil Kitchener QC and Owain Draper in a Supreme Court Appeal concerning apparent bias in international commercial arbitration.
    • Settled Particulars of Claim for a software company claiming unpaid fees.
    • Advised client on jurisdiction and service issues involved in suing a Middle Eastern defendant. 
    • Yukos v Lynch
      During pupillage, assisted Seb Isaac in defending a Russian law claim arising out of the the auctions of Yukos Oil in Russia in 2007.
    • Avonwick v Azitio
      During pupillage, assisted Seb Isaac in defending a claim arising out of one of the largest corporate transactions in Ukrainian history, which Avonwick alleged included fraudulent misrepresentations.
    • China Export & Credit Insurance Corp v Emerald Energy Resources Ltd
      During pupillage, assisting Jamie Goldsmith in acting for a state-funded insurance company seeking summary judgment on a promissory note.
    • Vestia v Deutsche Bank
      During pupillage, assisted James Macdonald in Financial List proceedings involving a €800m claim against Deutsche Bank in connection with interest rate derivative trades executed in the period between 2007-2012.
    • Du Pont Pension Trust v Yuksel Insaat AS (Comm)
      During pupillage, assisting Jamie Goldsmith in acting for a group of financial institutions bringing claims for fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to senior notes issued by a Turkish construction group. The case involved intricate issues of jurisdiction and governing law.
    • Danish Customs and Tax Administration v Solo Capital Partners & Ors
      During pupillage, assisted Jamie Goldsmith in high profile US$1.5 billion claims against 98 defendants arising out of an alleged international conspiracy to deceive the Danish tax authority.
    • SBR v Crown
      During pupillage, assisted Sandy Phipps in claiming under an autonomous demand guarantee.
  • Company and Insolvency

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    • Advised client on rectifying articles of association
    • Cross Border Insolvency Regulations
      During pupillage, assisted Simon Colton QC in advising on the powers available to a foreign trustee in bankruptcy.
    • Re Quantum Survey Management Limited
      During pupillage, assisted Alexander Brown in advising a company on the scope of the reflective loss principle.
  • Competition

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    • Various Claimants v Mastercard
      Ben is instructed (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Matthew Cook QC) by Mastercard to defend claims brought by a number of large retailers in respect of payment card interchange fees.
    • IP Rights
      Advised client on application of EU competition law to intellectual property rights.
    • Land agreements
      Advised client on application of EU competition law to restrictive covenants in leases.
    • Sports disciplinary panel
      Acted (with Lord Grabiner QC, Matthew Cook and Owain Draper) for a leading sports team in defending claims for breach of cost control rules and challenging the legality of those rules on competition grounds.
    • Advised client on CMA fining practices.
    • Credit Ratings Agencies
      During pupillage, assisted Tom Sharpe QC in advising a credit ratings agency on its prospects of appealing various decisions by the ECB (European Central Bank) and EBA (European Banking Authority).
    • C-458/15 K.P.
      As a stagiaire, advised on whether measures maintaining the ‘listing’ of a person, group or entity suspected of involvement in terrorist activities would survive a finding that the initial listing was defective and therefore invalid.
    • C-647/17 Skatteverket v Srf konsulterna
      As a stagiaire, advised on place of supply and the application of the VAT reverse charge mechanism.
    • C-526/17 Commission v Italy
      As a stagiaire, advised on when the extension of a concession requires a new public procurement process to take placeSports disciplinary panel.
  • Employment

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    • Czermak v BESL
      Acted as the sole representative for the claimant in a one-day unfair dismissal hearing.
  • Energy and Natural Resources

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    • China Export & Credit Insurance Corp v Emerald Energy Resources Ltd
      During pupillage, assisting Jamie Goldsmith in acting for a state-funded insurance company seeking summary judgment on a promissory note.
  • Administrative & Public Law

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    • Havant Biogas v Ofgem [2021] EWHC 84 (Admin)
      Acting (with Thomas Sharpe QC) for the Claimants in an application for judicial review of decisions by Ofgem, by which Ofgem denied applications for registration for the Renewable Heat Incentive subsidy scheme
    • CFC legislation
      Advised (with Julian Ghosh QC) on application of Controlled Foreign Corporation legislation.

Education

  • BPTC, City Law School [2017-2018]
  • GDL, City Law School (Distinction) [2016-2017]
  • University of Oxford, MPhil Economics [2013-2015]
  • University of Oxford, BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First) [2009-2012]

Academic Achievements

  • Stagiaire in cabinet of Advocate-General Eleanor Sharpston, ECJ [2018]
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn [2017]
  • J.P. Warner Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn [2017]
  • Winner, European Law Moot Court Competition [2017]
  • Winner, QUB-Herbert Smith Moot [2017]
  • City Law School Scholarship [2017]
  • Finalist, Maitland Advocacy Prize [2016]
  • Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn [2016]
  • HEFCE Scholarship [2014]
  • Marjorie Deane Scholarship [2013]
  • Casberd Scholarship, St John’s College [2010]

Languages

Good knowledge of written French.