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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Ben Holt

Work 0117 314 5478
VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Work Department

Litigation and Employment




How Can Ben Help You?

Ben specialises in advising on complex disputes for businesses and education institutions.

He has particular expertise in relation to claims arising from mergers and acquisitions, reputation management, funding arrangements, supply of goods and services (including procurement) and professional negligence.

Meeting Your Needs

Ben has represented leading lenders in multi-million pound claim portfolios involving fraud and professional negligence. He regularly advises on shareholder/director disputes and warranty claims following corporate acquisitions. Ben acts for both suppliers and contracting authorities in relation to procurement disputes. He has experience obtaining urgent injunctive relief relating to transmission of data, claiming conspiracy to injure, unlawful interference and inducement to breach contract.

Ben also leads the firm's Reputation Management team. This usually revolves around issues with social media and the internet, including: data/confidentiality breaches and privacy; defamation; harassment and intellectual property infringements.  He has a particular interest in tracing anonymous authors / online "trolls" and advising on removing infringing online material. His experience includes successfully challenging the jurisdiction of the Texan court in a commercial disparagement claim for $30m relating to website content; and disputes involving the likes of the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Ben heads our Aerospace and Defence team and is also a member of our Technology and Recruitment teams, providing specialist litigation and dispute resolution advice tailored to each sector.


Ben is a director of Bristol Law Society and a member of the Bristol Mercantile Court Users Committee and Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

VWV is a ‘strong, approachable mid-sized firm, with a range of specialisms’ that are attractive to corporates, charities and education sector clients. Ed Husband heads the team and acted for Tudor Rose International in a £2.3m contract dispute regarding the variation of an exclusive distribution agreement. Additionally, Husband and the ‘top-notch’ senior associate Nick Martindale are advising the purchasers of mining company Miller Argent on multiple high-value litigation and arbitration claims following the clients’ acquisition of Miller Argent. The team also has handled a number of commercial disputes in the energy and utilities space and has experience in procurement litigation. Indeed, Ben Holt was involved in a number of procurement challenges in the healthcare sector and, separately, advised a private school in relation to roughly 30 years of unregistered utility services.

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

VWV handles disputes involving financial issues, business breakdown, contract disputes, corporate insolvency, securitisation and negligent administration of pension funds. Ed Husband heads the team and is supported by partner Ben Holt and senior associate Nick Martindale, who focuses on  insolvency litigation and liquidations. The firm acted for Platform Funding, a subsidiary of the Co-operative Bank in relation to a multi-party claim against solicitors who did not report a fraudulent sale and leaseback scheme. It also acted for Platform funding in relation to a negligent valuation report with regards to a residential mortgage.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

VWV’s ‘impressive’ specialist procurement team was strengthened in 2017 by the arrival of Stephanie Rickard from Burges Salmon LLP. Since joining the firm, Rickard has been instructed by various contractors to handle procurement matters for a number of high-value services and construction projects. Rickard is advising Dorset County Council on the procurement in connection with a five-year strategic plan to develop new facilities for housing, health and social care. Further, the team assisted Bath Spa University with the main contractor procurement for the client’s £25m project to refurbish and repurpose a grade-II listed building for future use. Ben Holt specialises in procurement litigation and represents claimants and defendants in complex and often high-value procurement challenges. Additional clients include Hills Waste Solutions, National Composites Centre and Institute of Cancer Research.

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