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Ben Zelenka Martin works the full range of Chambers’ practice, in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has experience in corporate advisory work and complex litigation, including shareholder disputes and civil fraud claims. He works as part of counsel teams of various sizes, and has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court and various County Courts. 

Recent cases include:

  • SKAT v Solo Capital Partners LLP (in administration) and Ors: Acting (led variously by Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Jamie Goldsmith QC and others) for the Danish Tax and Customs Administration in a claim relating to an alleged conspiracy involving fraudulent withholding tax reclaim applications in the sum of DKK 12 billion (approximately £1.5 billion). The case featured in The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” for 2021 and has been described by Foxton J as “one of the largest and most complex pieces of litigation to be heard in the Commercial Court
  • ICC Arbitration: Acting (with Edward Cumming QC) for a manufacturer in a dispute over the termination of a contract relating to the development of a new line of products.
  • Lonestar Communications v Kaye, Marziano, Cellcom, Polani and Orange: Acting for Cellcom (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Tim Goldfarb) in Commercial Court proceedings arising out of alleged cyberattacks on a telecommunications company in Liberia, involving allegations of vicarious liability for economic torts in connection with the alleged cyberattacks.
  • LMAA Arbitration: Acting (with Daniel Toledano QC) for the purchaser of a yacht in a dispute over termination of the construction contract.
  • Autonomy v Lynch and Hussain: Acting (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Patrick Goodall QC, Conall Patton QC and others) for Autonomy and others in fraud claims worth $5 billion in relation to the acquisition of Autonomy by the HP group. The case featured in The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” for 2019. A 93-day trial concluded in January 2020, which Hildyard J noted “may rank amongst the longest and most complex in English legal history”. The 1200 page (excluding schedules and appendices) judgment on liability “may well be unparalleled”. Quantum to be determined in a later judgment.
  • LCIA Arbitration: Acting (with Alexander Gunning QC) for the defendant in a high-value dispute under a Share Purchase Agreement.