Based in Japan for over 6 years, Ben helps clients resolve complex commercial disputes primarily through international arbitration. He also has extensive experience in litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). His practice centres on advising Japanese and international clients on high-value disputes, including cross-border commercial disputes and investment treaty claims. Ben has worked out of our London and Tokyo offices and has particular expertise in the energy, construction, infrastructure, technology and pharmaceutical sectors, on disputes involving jurisdictions across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.
Ben has acted in arbitrations under various institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, SIAC, JCAA and ICSID) and before ad-hoc tribunals (UNCITRAL Rules) with seats in Asia and Europe.
Ben's expertise in international arbitration is recognised by legal directories. He is listed as a 'Leading Practitioner' in Japan for Arbitration by Who's Who Legal from 2016 to 2018, as a Future Leader in International Arbitration by Who's Who Legal 2017 to 2019, and as a 'Next Generation Lawyer' (Dispute Resolution – Japan) by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017.
Ben is licensed to advise on the laws of England and Wales in Japan as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi). He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and a qualified solicitor advocate.
Ben's experience includes representing:
- a Middle Eastern company in JCAA arbitration proceedings relating to non-renewal of a long term distribution agreement by a Japanese company
- a manufacturer in US litigation proceedings arising out of an overheating incident at a US power facility
- the Japanese subsidiary of a European pharmaceutical company engaged in ICC proceedings concerning the termination of a co-promotion agreement
- a Japanese manufacturer on its successful settlement of a long-running ICC arbitration, in connection with the construction of a telecommunications system
- an international banking group on two ICSID arbitrations arising out of the financing of a power station in an African State