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Ben Ogden

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Commercial Disputes, Insurance




Ben graduated with a modern history degree before turning to the law. He became a partner in 2002 and specialises in contentious insurance work, commercial disputes and regulation.

In addition to his practice Ben lectures regularly on insurance law and about alternative dispute resolution, of which he has considerable experience representing clients. He also co-ordinates some of the firm’s corporate social responsibility activities and is a governor of a local school.

Insurance & Reinsurance
Ben acts for insurers, insureds and brokers in a variety of insurance disputes. He has significant expertise, gained over many years, of professional indemnity insurance, and political, trade and credit risk insurance.

His professional indemnity work has focussed on lawyers, where his experience encompasses all aspects of legal practice; as well as insurance brokers, dealing with complex placements and coverage issues. He has regularly considered issues of dishonesty in the context of PI claims. He has also acted for (and against) other professions.

His political and trade credit risk work has included significant policy drafting as well as handling a range of disputes (for insurers and insureds) involving different subject matter – whether it be non-payment, asset deprivation, or quantification.The claims have arisen in different jurisdictions and have been varying values.

Ben also has experience of other classes of insurance/reinsurance and has recently been engaged in a number of D&O matters.

Ben is Ince & Co LLP’s compliance officer for legal practice as well as its global head of risk and compliance. In addition to providing internal advice Ben also advises others on issues concerning regulatory obligations and has advised on dealing with regulators and in respect to regulatory investigations, principally within the legal profession.

Commercial Disputes
Ben has acted in a variety of commercial disputes connected to the acquisition or operation of businesses. Notable sale and purchase disputes have arisen from the warranties given on the acquisition of a shipyard and the sale of a Lloyd’s agency.He has acted in many cases alleging secret profits, most notably two long trials (and the subsequent appeals) in relation to commissions.

The majority of Ben’s work has been in Court and he has significant trial experience, but he has regularly used ADR as a means of settling disputes.




Christ’s Hospital, St Andrew’s University

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Ince¬†specialises in fraud allegations that include forensic discovery and litigation and focuses on the shipping, trade and insurance sectors. Ben Ogden¬†heads the team. Joe O‚ÄôKeeffe¬†has left the firm to join Stephenson Harwood. The team has ‚Äėstrong dispute resolution expertise, especially with regards to insurance disputes, and also shows mastery of both case law and drafting‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Ince is widely known for its shipping law expertise but its dispute resolution experience also covers litigation involving the insurance, construction, aviation and energy sectors, as well as employment, fraud and insolvency issues. Ben Ogden is recommended for commercial disputes, predominantly connected to the acquisition of businesses, and contentious insurance work. Jeremy Biggs specialises in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on all aspects of shipping litigation, as well as international trade and general commercial disputes.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The ‚Äėhighly efficient‚Äô team at Ince¬†regularly defends claims brought against professionals and their insurers, with a focus on acting on behalf of solicitors and insurance brokers. The team also acts for ship surveyors and managers in maritime negligence disputes. Ben Ogden¬†represented individuals insured with Chubb in $16m-worth of claims brought against two former directors relating to the 2011 liquidation of the South of England P&I Club. Ed Broking, Griffin Insurance Association, International Transport Intermediaries Club and LAMP Insurance are also clients. Ogden and Simon Cooper¬†head the team and senior associate¬†Christopher Crane¬†is also a key contact. Chris Jefferis moved to an in-house role.

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