Ben Lamble
Senior Associate

LONDON

T: +44 20 7814 8000
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Summary Open

Ben is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution group in the London office of Watson Farley & Williams. He joined the firm as a Trainee in 2008 and qualified in 2010, becoming a Senior Associate in 2015.

Ben specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular experience in commodities, energy, and financial services disputes.  His recent cases include a high value High Court litigation in the Financial List involving the interpretation and valuation of derivative transactions, an investment treaty claim in the energy sector, and claims for breaches of long-term contracts in the energy and commodities sectors.

Ben has significant experience working on cases with cross-border elements and has experience of working in other jurisdictions, including four months in the firm’s Singapore office and eight months working on arbitration cases in the Bangkok office in 2013/14.

Experience Open

    Ben’s experience includes:
    • Representing the claimant in a claim worth in excess of €500m regarding the close out of derivatives transactions following the insolvency of Lehman in 2008. The case was one of the first heard in the Financial List, which required expert evidence on the valuation of derivatives transactions and consideration of the proper exercise of contractual discretion.
    • Advising a client in respect of an investment treaty claim worth in excess of US$500m following state interference in the management and operation of a company in the energy sector.
    • Advising a company providing operation and maintenance services in a series of disputes alleging breaches of a long-term O&M contract in the renewables sector.
    • Advising a leading firm of Insolvency Practitioners in relation to insolvency issues and potential claims arising out of derivative contracts which had been entered into by companies over which the firm’s Insolvency Practitioners were appointed as liquidators or administrators.
    • Acting for an African bank in relation to claims against a company in a large multinational group for breach of a financing agreement.
    • Representing a company in a high value High Court professional negligence claim against its former administrators, alleging misfeasance in the sale of the company’s assets at an undervalue.
    • Acting for the claimant in a claim against a nation state, alleging breaches of a long-term contract for the sale and purchase of oil. The case also involved claims arising out of allegations of bribery and corruption.
    • HSH Nordbank AG v Intesa Sanpaolo SpA (2014). Representing the claimant in a financial services dispute seeking restitution of sums paid for the novation of an ISDA Master Agreement interest rate swap transaction with an Italian municipality which was alleged to be void.
    • MRI Trading v Erdenet Mining Corporation (2013). Acting for the claimant in an arbitration and subsequent appeal, the liability issues of which were decided by the Court of Appeal in a widely reported case concerning “agreements to agree”.
    • Petrologic v Banque Cantonale de Genève (2012). Acting for a Swiss cantonal bank in a successful application to challenge the jurisdiction of the High Court to hear a dispute relating to payment under a letter of credit.
    • Acting for a large energy company in an application for a freezing injunction and summary judgment, in relation to breaches of a long-term sale and purchase contract for oil from a West African field.
    • Acting for the claimant in an arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules which covers issues including the interpretation of mining contracts in East Africa and the resulting calculations of loss.
    • Acting for the respondent in a high value arbitration concerning the alleged infringement of exclusivity arrangements, which required expert evidence on quantum and the production processes and specifications used to make bitumen for export.

Education Open

  • 2006 – 2007: LPC (Distinction), BPP Law School, London
  • 2001 – 2004: Law LLB Degree (2:1), University of Warwick

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

Ben regularly gives presentations both internally and externally on aspects of contract law and issues in dispute resolution.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

Employment Record Open

  • 2015 – present: Watson Farley & Williams, Senior Associate
  • 2010 – 2015: Watson Farley & Williams, Associate
  • 2008 – 2010: Watson Farley & Williams, Trainee

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