Ben Longworth > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Farrer & Co Offices
66 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS
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Ben advises corporate clients, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of complex contentious matters. His practice focusses on high-value disputes arising out of commercial contracts, post M&A issues, shareholder disputes, professional negligence and civil fraud. His recent experience includes advising a large international business on a multi-million pound High Court civil fraud and breach of contract claim, defending the sellers of an educational business against substantial warranty and indemnity claims and advising an international software company pursuing a multi-million pound breach of contract claim. Ben advises both employers and employees on High Court claims arising out of large-scale team moves and allegations of misuse of confidential information. He also has a busy practice advising independent schools on disputes with suppliers, parents and overseas partners.
Ben is often instructed at the pre-action stage to provide strategic advice to help put clients in the best possible position. He has extensive experience of resolving disputes through negotiation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation. He also has significant trial experience in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and of making and responding to applications for injunctive relief.
Ben trained at Farrer & Co, qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and joined the partnership in May 2018.
Association International des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), London Solicitors Litigation Association
Bristol University, and The College of Law, Guildford.
Lawyer Rankings(Next Generation Partners)
Farrer & Co‘s ‘really excellent‘ corporate and commercial litigation practice is regularly instructed in major disputes. It is a first port of call for clients in cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. Almost all of the practice’s work has an international dimension; recent highlights included matters spanning the Caribbean and Channel Islands, as well as the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Leading the firm’s commercial litigation team is Adrian Parkhouse, who has over 30 years of civil litigation experience. The group also includes Kate Allass, who has particular expertise in complex corporate and shareholder disputes. Jolyon Connell is noted for commercial disputes involving financial institutions, private banks and investment funds. Also integral to the department are commercial litigation specialists Ben Longworth and John Wilkinson. Ian De Freitas focuses on claims concerning data privacy, IP, IT and outsourcing issues. William Charrington and Blue Elliott are experienced senior associates, Victoria Atkins has ‘superb mastery of cases involving multiple jurisdictions‘ and Oliver Blundell is ‘a hard-working junior with good judgement‘.
- Commercial litigation: mid-market - London > Dispute resolution
- Next Generation Partners - London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Art and cultural property
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Public sector > Education: institutions
- Public sector > Education: schools
- Private client > Family
- Public sector > Education: individuals
- Public sector > Education: individuals
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Residential property
- Employment > Senior executives
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
- Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Employment > Employers
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Real estate > Planning
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Employment > Immigration
- Real estate > Property finance
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious