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Ben Knowles

Ben Knowles

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Ben has extensive dispute resolution experience, particularly in international arbitration including at the ICC, ICSID, PCA and LCIA. His work comprises commercial arbitrations as well as investor state cases.

He is currently recognised by Legal 500 in the International Arbitration Powerlist and as a leading individual. Ben also sits on the editorial board of the Global Arbitration Review and the advisory committee for the Lawyer's Litigation Tracker.

Ben has successfully represented a number of different Yemeni interests for over fifteen years, a practice which has played a major part in our being the only international firm recognised for Yemen by Chambers 2019. 

Chambers say “London-based Benjamin Knowles is a renowned figure in the international arbitration circuit”.

The Legal 500 has described Ben as “excellent” and “extremely efficient and hardworking,” and someone that “takes a great deal of trouble to gain the confidence of the clients”.

Clients describe Ben as an “outstanding professional who combines his extensive knowledge of arbitration with a flexible approach”.   He is “very smart” and he “knows how to deal with our cases”. 

Experience
  • Leading the team in more than 10 arbitrations concerning issues arising under Production Sharing Agreements in the oil and gas sector
  • Representing a National Oil Company in a series of arbitrations arising out of fraud and breaches of anti-dumping legislation
  • Representing an international offshore drilling company in relation to the expropriation of assets by a South American government
  • Representing an insurer in a novel arbitration concerning the jurisdiction to hear disputes in arbitration arising out of an arbitration clause in a contract that was never executed
  • Representing the developer in a long running dispute over the construction of a highway
  • Defending a state in relation to an investor state claim concerning the redevelopment of an airport
  • Representing a port authority in relation to the termination of a port concession agreement
  • Representing a developer in relation to disputes concerning the construction of various electricity infrastructure
  • Representing a contractor in relation to disputes concerning the deployment of temporary power generation equipment
  • Acting in relation to disputes concerning mobile telecoms licencing and taxation issues
  • Representing states and contractors in relation to various LNG project issue
  • Representing a National Oil Company in relation to long-term contract disputes with suppliers and refiners

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Expertise

Ben is the Co-Chair of our Global Arbitration Group and Chair of the Dispute Resolutions Practice Group. He focuses primarily on International Arbitration with particular experience in upstream and downstream oil & gas, trade & commodities, aviation and telecommunications sectors.

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