Patrick Arben > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
B4 6WR
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution Group.


Partner in the Dispute Resolution Group specialising in commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on the technology and outsourcing sector, and corporate investigations.


Qualified 1996; Wragge & Co 1999; director 2008; partner 2012; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Law Society; Society for Computers and Law; ITech Law; Intellect.


Ingatestone Anglo-European School; University of Leicester (BA Hons History 1st class 1992); De Montfort University (CPE & LPC); University of Bristol (post graduate diploma in intellectual property 2001).


Family, rugby, football, history.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > TMT

Gowling WLG assists clients in various sectors with a wide range of projects, including cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and software development mandates. In addition, the team is well-known for its expertise in IP law and projects utilising emerging forms of technology, such as blockchain and AI. ‘Pragmatic‘ group head Jocelyn Paulley specialises in advising retail and technology companies in relation to outsourcing projects, data protection work and commercial agreements underpinning the development of products and services.  Patrick Arben handles commercial litigation involving technology clients, including customers and providers of IT services in the private and public sectors. On the corporate side, David Brennan is a key partner.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Gowling WLG specialises in contentious and non-contentious technology law, with a particular focus on cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and licensing. Jocelyn Paulley leads the non-contentious practice, advising clients in the retail and technology sectors in relation to outsourcing arrangements and commercial agreements. Patrick Arben focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes, acting for both customers and providers of technology.

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Gowling WLG‘s ‘superb team of dedicated lawyers‘ are experienced in a range of commercial and corporate disputes and post-M&A disputes. The group is ‘highly proficient in the IT disputes world‘ — Patrick Arben and Helen Davenport are key names to note — and counts health and safety, insurance, procurement, data privacy, bribery, corruption and fraud disputes among its other areas of expertise. Contentious regulatory expert Andrew Litchfield leads the team, which includes Tom Price, who handles a range of cross-border disputes and ‘has substantial CIS region expertise‘; Andrew Smith, who has particular experience in contractual disputes; and Davinia Gransbury, who focuses on corporate governance, civil fraud, directors’ responsibilities and duties, and contentious insolvency matters.

West Midlands > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

With particular strength in the technology, retail and telecoms sectors, Gowling WLG is known for handling various matters in the field of IT law, including cloud computing issues, data privacy mandates and outsourcing contracts. Patrick Arben, who leads the practice, is a go-to lawyer for clients seeking assistance with software licensing issues, data security work and systems integration projects.