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Practice Summary

Ben Strong has wide experience of domestic and international disputes. Recommended by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500, Ben combines strong technical ability with a keen awareness of the commercial context in which legal issues arise. He is an outstanding advocate at first instance and appellate level. Before coming to the Bar, Ben was a solicitor at Slaughter and May for seven years.

Recent work includes:

overturning an arbitral award for error of law in an appeal to the Privy Council: Global Water Associates v AG of BVI [2020] UKPC 18

acting for a Dutch social housing association at trials of claims arising out of €2bn losses incurred in derivatives trading by a treasurer who was taking bribes: Credit Suisse International v Vestia [2014] EWHC 3103 (Comm) and Vestia v Deutsche Bank (case settled before judgment)

appearing for and against the FCA in multiple disciplinary proceedings in the Regulatory Decisions Committee and in the Upper Tribunal, including: Hussein v Financial Conduct Authority [2018] UKUT 186 (TCC) and Tinney v Financial Conduct Authority [2019] UKUT 277 (TCC)

● acting for a joint venture party in an LCIA arbitration of a dispute, governed by New York law, concerning the allocation of profits from a consumer credit joint venture

acting for the Dutch Treasury in an action to determine the effect of negative interest rates on the operation of the ISDA Collateral Support Agreement: Netherlands v Deutsche Bank [2019] EWCA Civ 771

● obtaining rectification of an agreement restructuring investment and borrowing arrangements between Kaupthing and certain of its clients: Murray Holdings v Oscatello Investments [2018] EWHC 162 (Ch)


Directory quotes include:

"He's very intelligent and a good advocate." Chambers & Partners UK 2022 - Financial Services

"Very good on paper and in conference with the clients, he is a pleasure to work with." Chambers & Partners UK 2022 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He is very good, highly attentive and strong on the facts." "For a very knotty case he is the person to go to because he is very clever and able to master a lot of issues quickly." Chambers Global 2021 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"An excellent team player, who gets thoroughly to grips with the details and is extremely responsive." Legal 500 2021 - Financial Services Regulation

"An excellent team player. He gets thoroughly to grips with the details, is extremely responsive, and provides very commercial advice." Legal 500 2021 - Banking & Finance

Strong writing, strategy, dedication, good humour, and judgement – he is a joy to work with and the consummate professional." Legal 500 2020 - Financial Services Regulation

"A real team player and very responsive – extremely attentive to the detail of a case whilst also keeping an eye on the bigger picture.Legal 500 2020 - Banking & Finance

"He listens carefully to his clients and instructing solicitors, and he's imaginative and good at thinking laterally." "Extremely user-friendly and responsive, he has an incisive mind and good judgement." Chambers and Partners 2020 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"Extremely user-friendly and easy to deal with." "He is a real team player, who gets to grips with the detail and is very responsive." Chambers and Partners 2020 - Banking & Finance

"He is renowned as a very good advocate: if you saw his name on a pleading you would know you need to take him seriously." "A real team player. He gets to grips with the detail and is very responsive." Chambers and Partners 2020 - Financial Services

"A real team player, he gets to grips with the detail and is very responsive." Legal 500 2019 - Banking & Finance

"A junior silk whose star is on the rise – a legal brainbox." Legal 500 2019 - Financial Services Litigation

"Brilliant advocacy, both in writing and on his feet." Legal 500 -2018 Banking & Finance

"An intellectual heavyweight, focuses on getting to the right outcome." Legal 500 2018 -Financial Services

"Very good at seeing the wood for the trees, and at handling emotional clients in a highly charged environment." "Thorough and analytical, Ben is practical and client-friendly." Chambers and Partners 2018 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He is an extremely brainy silk who is building up a fearsome reputation." "Ben is extremely intelligent and delights in getting stuck into complex factual scenarios, legal issues and documentation. He is also practical and client-friendly, and on his feet he is both calm and persuasive". Chambers and Partners 2018 - Banking and Finance

"He is great with clients and quick to grasp and identify solutions to complex issues.' 'A bright, tenacious and hungry new silk.' Chambers and Partners 2017 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

'He is great with clients, very responsive and quick to grasp and indentify solutions to complex issues.' 'Outstanding. His ability to consume and assimilate a vast amount of material and provide very cogent advice and oral advocacy is very impressive.' Chambers and Partners 2017 - Banking and Finance

'A very capable and approachable lawyer who works well within a team, no trace of competing egos.' 'He gives meticulous and measured advice, and is unflappable on his feet.' Chambers UK 2016 - Banking & Finance

'Conscientious, hard working and intelligent. He has a thirst for legal complexity and is very good at analysing accounts and financial statements'. 'Excellent and very commercial'Chambers UK 2016 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

'has a gift for getting across very complex facts and legal documents very, very quickly.' 'A very capable and approachable lawyer who who works well within a team, with no trace of competing egos.' ' He gives meticulous and measured advice, and is unflappable on his feet.'   Chambers UK 2016 - Banking & Finance

'absolutely fantastic' on derivatives work, and is described by fellow barristers as 'an intimidating opponent, who cuts to the quick and knows what is going on'. 'He is incredibly bright and capable of unpicking the most complex commercial arrangements.' Chambers UK 2013 - Banking & Finance

'Hard working and talented', hailed by sources as 'a true details man with a particular aptitute for complex, paper-heavy disputes'Chambers UK 2013 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

'Consistently comes up with creative ideas and new angles to improve the client's position.' L500 2012 - Banking & Finance

"'Ben Strong continues to impress with his 'hard-working and likeable manner.' His practice has a significant focus on banking and financial services disputes." Chambers UK 2012 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"Ben Strong elicits praise for his 'ability to unpack the most complex commercial arrangements.'  Sources say that he demonstrates excellent judgment and 'approaches legal problems thoroughly and intelligently.'" Chambers UK 2012 - Banking & Finance

'Ben Strong wins market support, [handling] complex international banking and finance litigation and FSA regulatory actions.'" Chambers UK 2012 - Financial Services