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Forsters LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution


Ben is Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution.

He advises domestic and international corporate and individual clients on a wide variety of complex disputes resolved by litigation, arbitration and by other alternative dispute resolution. Areas of particular expertise include breaches of warranty and other contractual terms, competition litigation, breaches of directors’ duty, shareholder disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions), negligence, fraud, contempt of Court, investment disputes and group actions. Ben’s expertise in relation to warranty claims and other contractual disputes means that he works closely with the Corporate team at Forsters.

He is ranked in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500 where commentators note that Ben is ‘a standout partner with terrific instincts’ and that he is ‘ hugely commercial and great at litigation psychology’.

Ben joined Forsters in 2015. He trained and spent the first eleven years of his career at Jones Day (formerly Gouldens), where he qualified as a solicitor in 2004.


The Law Society


Ampleforth College, York; Oxford University, Trinity College (1999 BA (Hons) Classics 2(:1)); The College of Law, Chester (2002 PGDL Legal Practice Couse (Distinction)).


Sport (watching and playing), particularly cricket (Trinity College Oxford 1st XI 1995-1999), reading, cooking, eating out, cinema, skiing, shooting, travel, family and friends.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Forsters LLP‘s dispute resolution practice routinely handles major commercial disputes, including high-value, international, multi-party actions; and is praised for ‘combining the intellectual heft of a magic or silver circle firm with the savvy and personal touch of an elite Mayfair firm’. The ‘tight-knit and determined team’ is led by Benedict Walton, whose practice encompasses cases concerning breaches of contractual terms, breaches of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, negligence, fraud, investment disputes, and group actions; he and fellow partner Caroline Harbord are described as ‘hard-working, robust, committed and creative’. Andrew Head has a track record of work on international disputes, finance cases, class action claims and professional negligence; while Bryan Shacklady is an experienced counsel.