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Overview

Practice areas

  • Dispute Resolution

Ben is an experienced commercial litigator who advises businesses, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of complex contentious matters. He works closely with his clients to help them understand the strength of their legal position and to devise strategies to achieve the best possible outcome.

Ben’s expertise includes commercial contract disputes, professional negligence claims, post M&A disputes, shareholder disputes, insurance coverage issues, civil fraud and claims arising out of breaches of directors’ duties and restrictive covenants. He is currently advising clients on contractual issues arising out of the coronavirus pandemic, including the application of force majeure clauses and frustration. He is also advising clients in a number of sectors on pursuing claims under their business interruption insurance policies.

Ben has extensive experience of resolving disputes through negotiation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation. He frequently advises on cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, including making and responding to applications for injunctive relief.

Clients value Ben’s responsiveness and his pragmatic and commercial approach.

Ben qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and became a partner in 2018.

Expertise

  • Ben has been recognised in the Legal 500 guide for commercial litigation since 2017 and was named a Next Generation Partner in 2020. He is also recognised in the Legal 500 guide for Civil Fraud and for Education: Schools.

    Ben Longworth is knowledgeable, practical and tremendously easy to work with”.
    Client, Legal 500 2020

  • Ben is Chairman of the Civil Litigation Sub-Committee of Westminster & Holborn Law Society. He is also a member of London Solicitors' Litigation Association and Association Internationale de Jeunes Avocats. He frequently writes and speaks on litigation issues.

    Ben speaks fluent French.

    • Iain Barker v Baxendale-Walker [2018] EWHC 2518 (Ch)
    • Iain Barker v Paul Baxendale-Walker & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 2056
    • Iain Barker v Paul Baxendale-Walker & Anor [2016] EWHC 664 (Ch)
    • R (on the application of) The Church Commissioners for England v Hampshire County Council & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 634
    • Merchantbridge & Co Ltd & Anor v Safron General Partner 1 Ltd [2011] (Comm)

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