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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.