Ben Stevens specialises in the resolution of commercial disputes. He has experience of working with a broad range of clients, including listed companies, SMEs, and high net worth individuals, as well as public and third sector bodies. He has also acted for clients within a variety of sectors including the media and entertainment, technology, logistics, and telecommunications industries.
Ben’s experience encompasses contractual disputes, misuse of confidential information, data protection, intellectual property infringement, and professional negligence. Ben aims to achieve the earliest possible resolution of his clients’ disputes, making use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He also has experience of managing cases to a successful outcome at trial where necessary.
- Breach of contract and advising on termination rights
- Misuse of confidential information, including databases and other forms of data
- IP and IT related disputes
- Use of mediation and other forms of ADR
Ben read law at the University of Oxford and joined Harbottle & Lewis in 2019 with several years of litigation experience after training and practising at top 100 law firms.
His previous experience includes:
- Advising a listed company in relation to several multi-million pound contractual disputes in the logistics sector
- Advising in various disputes relating to company branding, raising trade mark infringement and passing off issues
- Advising in a technology dispute relating to the licensing of a business-critical warehouse management system
- Advising in several cases relating to the ownership and exploitation of copyright in computer software, including successfully defending a substantial claim in the High Court for copyright infringement and misuse of confidential information
- Obtaining an advantageous settlement the day before trial in a claim relating to accountancy services
- Assisting in the group action against Post Office Limited involving over 500 claimants
- Conducting advocacy before the County Courts and the High Court, including at case management hearings as well as application-based advocacy.
Qualification date: September 2016
Academic qualifications: BA 2010, LPC 2014