Mr Ben Lowans > Addleshaw Goddard > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard
3 SOVEREIGN SQUARE
SOVEREIGN STREET
LEEDS
LS1 4ER
England

Work Department

Finance litigation

Position

Ben is a litigation and dispute resolution partner specialising in finance litigation and fraud. Ben’s experience involves all aspects of finance litigation including bringing claims for financial services clients and defending claims against those clients. These claims include enforcement and recovery actions, defending mis-selling claims, disputes regarding appointment of LPA Receivers, injunctive actions, fraud claims and dealing with complaints, including those made to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Ben acts for many clients in both the asset finance and asset based lending sectors. Ben also acts for commercial real estate and mortgage lenders, principally in professional negligence claims against solicitors and valuers and in contested possession claims.

Ben has a particular specialisation in dealing with fraud claims and asset recovery, both in the financial services sector and for commercial organisations. This often involves taking urgent action to obtain freezing injunctions and search orders.  Ben is a board director of the Yorkshire and Humber Fraud Forum, a not for profit company that brings together the private and public sectors to fight and reduce financial crime.  Ben is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Ben often acts for leasing clients on Aviation and Marine matters. He typically advises clients on the enforcement of aircraft mortgages, repossession proceedings to obtain delivery up of Aircraft, in actions against third parties who have alleged liens and in associated guarantee claims. In respect of Marine Ben often acts for clients in relation to obtaining the arrest of ships in overseas jurisdictions and in Admiralty matters.

Ben was seconded for 6 months to Nationwide Building Society in the role of Senior Counsel in Dispute Resolution.   Ben principally advised the Commercial Division of Nationwide in respect of their high value and complex disputes arising out of their commercial lending.

Ben advises clients on issues of Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Bribery and Corruption. Ben is Addleshaw Goddard’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Officer and is a Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

Career

Trained Rosling King, qualified 2001; partner Addleshaw Goddard 2010

Memberships

Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association

Education

Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham,; The University of Sheffield, Law (LLB)

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation

Addleshaw Goddard is regularly sought out by high street banks, building societies, asset based lenders, and lender, private and foreign banks. Noted for its ‘first-class thinking‘, the group is involved in the tracing and recovery of assets, title issues and insolvency related claims, push payment frauds, liability mandates and fraud-related work. Practice head Sally Emerton is well versed in the leasing and asset finance space, while Ben Lowans is the key contact for fraud-related litigation, and managing associate Jennifer Hedley has experience in acting for defendants. Samantha Hollingworth left for Walkers BVI in July 2021.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Professional negligence

Addleshaw Goddard handles professional negligence matters across a wide range of sectors. It has a particularly strong construction offering as well as a growing banking practice that has been bolstered by the arrival of finance litigation legal director Sandip Singh from Walker Morris LLP in November 2021. Singh has significant experience in bringing claims relating to negligence, fraud and misappropriation of funds. Ben Lowans handles investment negligence cases on behalf of high net-worth individuals while Bill Gilliam  assists commercial clients. Joe Wilkinson  is a key construction litigation partner. Sally Emerton, head of finance litigation in the North, leads the practice.