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Ben Allgrove

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Intellectual property.


Ben Allgrove is a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property and IT/Com Practice Groups in London, where he advises on contentious and non-contentious media, technology, and intellectual property. A Rhodes Scholar, he was named E-Commerce Lawyer of the Year (UK) in the ILO Client Choice Awards 2011, Assistant Solicitor of the Year in the British Legal Awards in 2009, and was recognized as a "a standout lawyer" in Chambers UK, "well known particularly for his expertise in digital platforms." Media Law International 2015 notes that Ben is "recommended without reservation" by clients for his "thoughtful… fast… and commercially reasonable and grounded" advice. Ben is also a qualified solicitor advocate. Ben frequently works with clients on matters involving the cross-over space of media, IP and technology. His practice includes acting on major IP and IT disputes, with a particular focus on copyright and technology disputes, content licensing and regulation, privacy, e-commerce and regulatory issues. He has a particular expertise in artificial intelligence, with an academic background in the application of legal and ethical systems to artificial intellect. Ben also has considerable lobbying experience, and has conducted oral advocacy in the Copyright Tribunal, High Court and County Court on behalf of his clients. Ben sits on the Firm's Innovation Committee and Machine Learning Taskforce.


Qualified 2002, Australia; associate to Supreme Court Justice, South Australian Supreme Court 2001; associate, South Australian Crown Solicitor's Office 2002; Baker & McKenzie LLP 2004 to date; partner 2010. Author of numerous articles in journals including Copyright World; Society for Computers and Law; Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice; European Intellectual Property Review; PLC; BNA IP & Technology Programme; Computer Law & Security Report; Adelaide Law Review; Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin; Asia Pacific Legal Developments Bulletin; Asia Business Law Review.




Trademarks & Brands Online (Newton Media) - Editorial Board Member; Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society (AALS); British Association for Sport and Law (BASL); Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA); Society for Computers & Law (SCL)


University of Adelaide (1999); University of Adelaide (2000); Oxford University (2003); Oxford University (2004)

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

The team at Baker McKenzie¬† is noted for ‚Äėunderstanding the world of business and providing pragmatic advice‚Äô. Key figures in the practice are Michelle Blunt¬†, a specialist in transactional and commercial IP; her clients include Google and HSBC and Jessica Le Gros¬†who leads on global trademark strategies, clearance and disputes. On the contentious IP side, digital media expert Ben Allgrove¬† regularly acts for clients such as Niantic, Pinterest and Warner Bros, while Paul Rawlinson¬†specializes in brand enforcement and litigation. Michael Hart¬† advises on copyright, designs and trademark law, Helen Brown¬† and Julia Hemmings¬† both focus on commercial, marketing and regulatory advisory work for retail brands.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Baker McKenzie has significant capabilities across the IT and telecoms sectors and acts for some of the key names in these fields, including Google. Steve Holmes leads the London technology team which advises on commercial, contractual and strategic elements of large fintech, healthtech, cloud and AI projects. Harry Small is well-regarded for both contentious and non-contentious tech and outsourcing matters. Charlotte Harrington and David Halliday focus primarily on drafting commercial IT agreements and disputes, respectively. In the telecoms space, the group acts for both suppliers and purchasers of networks and has recently been instructed  on sharing agreements and a significant transformation project. It also advises clients on network security issues. Ben Allgrove is a key name for telecoms regulatory issues in the  digital media and e-commerce space. Sue McLean joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, and focuses primarily on commercial IT agreements and outsourcing matters.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'experienced and professional' practice at Baker McKenzie attracts praise for its 'knowledge of intellectual property and sharp business acumen'. It successfully acted for L'Oréal in several disputes, including a patent and registered community designs right infringement claim against RN Ventures. It also defended the client in a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute brought by Liqwd (Olaplex), relating to a hair treatment. In another work highlight, Michael Hart acted for a fashion retailer in an action relating to the use of confidential information (of an upcoming product launch) to obtain high proportions of new products using automated bot technology. Practice head Michelle Blunt led a team, alongside Hiroshi Sheraton, which is advising a blockchain and bitcoin innovator on protection of IP assets. The group is also instructed by new clients Swarovski, Liberty Mutual, Dropbox and Sanofi-Aventis. Ben Allgrove specialises in contentious and regulatory IP matters 'is sharp and knows how to outwit the other side in a negotiation'. The 'commercial, strategic and responsive' head of brand management, Jessica Le Gros is also highlighted for her 'high-quality service'. Changes to the team include the departures of trade-mark attorney Tom Hooper and senior associate Alex Morgan  to Taylor Wessing LLP and EIP respectively.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Baker McKenzie’s digital media and technology practice has a focus on gaming, music, film and TV, social media and interactive content. It represented Virgin Media, in its role as intervener in the Court of Appeal dispute between ITV and TVCatchup, regarding the compatibility of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 with European law. Warner Bros, Google, Pinterest, Reddit, Shuttershock, BBC Trust, IMG, Netflix and Sovereign Films are also clients. Steve Holmes regularly handles major transactions for media companies and heads the team with Ben Allgrove, who is active across contentious, transactional and advisory work. Disputes partner Joanna Ludlam heads the regulatory, public and media law team. Of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings lead the advisory side of the media practice and senior associate Julia Dickenson handles IP and commercial work. Will Holder and Sue McLean, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, are also noted.

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