A counsel in our international arbitration practice, Ben has over 10 years' experience representing clients on complex, high value, cross-border disputes. Over the years, Ben has handled arbitrations under all of the main sets of arbitration rules, including the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules. This has included arbitrations seated not only in London but in several other jurisdictions too – from Paris to Istanbul.
Ben's practice focuses particularly on the oil & gas, mining, aviation, internet and telecoms sectors. With his deep industry knowledge in these areas, first-class legal skills and significant experience of the arbitral process, Ben provides clients with practical, commercial solutions to the challenges they face.
A keen advocate, Ben has conducted 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. He has been involved in national court proceedings in relation to all aspects of the arbitration process – ranging from applications for interim relief, to challenges to awards and enforcement – in several jurisdictions, including England, Cyprus, and the British Virgin Islands.
Although arbitration or court proceedings are sometimes unavoidable, we recognize the importance of helping clients to avoid disputes or resolve them at an early stage – Ben has significant experience of helping clients to achieve this via negotiation, mediation and expert determination proceedings. He also regularly advises clients on the drafting of dispute resolution provisions in commercial contracts.
Ben is an active member of the LCIA's Young International Arbitration Group and the ICC's Young Arbitrators Forum. Being of Czech heritage, Ben is also a member and supporter of the Czech-British Chamber of Commerce.
Areas of Focus
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 leading firm of solicitors in defending a professional negligence claim relating to the VAT treatment of a property transaction.
Acting for a leading firm of solicitors in defending a trustee negligence claim relating to the exercise of the trustees' investment duties.