Ben Hornan | London | Hogan Lovells

Ben Hornan

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Hornan Ben

Ben Hornan
Hornan Ben
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"'Hogan Lovells is first-rate for oil and gas work' according to one client who also describes Ben Hornan as an 'excellent lawyer'."

Legal 500 UK 2018 (Energy / Oil & Gas)

A partner in Hogan Lovells' international arbitration team based in London, Ben represents clients on complex, high value, cross-border disputes.  Ben focuses on the oil & gas, mining & commodities, life-sciences, and financial services sectors. Ben has particular experience of arbitrations involving Russia and the CIS region, as well as Asia and Africa.

Over the years, Ben has handled numerous arbitration proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and other sets of arbitral rules. This has included arbitrations seated not only in London but in several other jurisdictions too – from Singapore to Istanbul.

Ben has also been involved in national court proceedings in relation to all aspects of the arbitration process – including jurisdiction challenges, applications for injunctions, and the enforcement of awards – in several jurisdictions, including England, Cyprus, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

An experienced advocate, Ben conducts advocacy and cross-examination at all stages of the arbitration process. Ben also has full rights of audience for civil matters at all levels of the English courts.    

Ben is known for being hard-working, determined and highly commercial. He comes recommended by Legal 500 (2019, 2020 and 2021 editions) as being an “excellent lawyer”, “dynamic”, and having “real arbitration experience and expertise”.  One client testimonial singled out Ben's “thorough knowledge of the arbitration process and ability to navigate and manage highly complex matters…combined with an impressive sense of commercial realities and practicalities".

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"Key figures include… Ben Hornan, who 'has real arbitration experience and expertise'."

Legal 500 UK 2018 (International Arbitration)

Representative experience

Acting for a global energy and petrochemicals company in an ICC arbitration in connection with the sale of crude oil in Gabon.

Acting for a major international brewer in an ICC arbitration in connection with a joint venture dispute in Kenya.

Advising a major Indonesian energy company regarding the price review provisions in several multi-million dollar contracts for the supply of liquefied natural gas.

Advising a major Chinese energy company in relation to the price provisions in long term crude oil supply contracts with two Russian counterparties.

Acting for a British Virgin Islands company in an LCIA arbitration against a Romanian company relating to an alumina supply contract.

Acting for a U.S. pharmaceutical company against its Spanish distributor in an ICC arbitration arising out of a contract governed by Pennsylvanian law.

Acting for an international steel trading company in an LCIA arbitration against a Portuguese purchaser.

Acting for a leading aircraft manufacturer in a dispute with an Indian freighter airline.

Advising a leading U.S. food manufacturer in a joint venture dispute with its Italian joint venture partner.

Acting for a global manufacturer of generic and speciality pharmaceutical products in a potential arbitration alleging regulatory and contractual breaches following divestiture of certain products.  

Advising a major European pharmaceuticals company in relation to a number of commercial disputes arising from non-compliances by its supply chain with relevant mandatory regulations.


  • LPC, BPP University Law School, Distinction, 2004
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University Law School, Commendation, 2003
  • B.A. History, University of Birmingham, First Class Honours, 2002
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Solicitor, England and Wales


Lawdragon Global Litigation 500 - Ben was named in the following categories: International Arbitration & Litigation

Legal 500 - Ben was named in the following categories: International Arbitration & Oil and Gas

Legal 500 - Ben was named in the following categories: International Arbitration & Oil and Gas

Legal 500 - Ben was named in the following categories: International Arbitration & Oil and Gas

Ben was featured in Legal Week's profile on Rising stars: the new generation of litigators making their mark