Ben Aram

Ben is a Partner and leads the international arbitration and commercial litigation team in London.  He qualified in England and Wales in 2009.

Ben acts for states, international conglomerates, domestic companies, insurers/reinsurers, family offices and ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals and their businesses. He has worked on cases at all English court levels, including the Supreme Court, and has conducted arbitrations under a number of different rules.

Ben’s focus is on high-value, complex cases with an international or cross-border dimension and matters involving conflicts of laws. Clients typically seek him out for high level, strategic advice on legal and commercial risks well before a dispute arises.    

Ben also has particular expertise in life sciences work, representing some of the world’s largest and best-known manufacturers.  His work includes the handling of product liability actions and recalls, in particular, coordinating the defence of thousands of mass tort claims across the EMEA region.  He also advises a select number of global insurers on complex life-sciences and casualty related policy issues.

Being a fluent German speaker, he frequently appears on behalf of his clients as co-counsel in the courts of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Ben also speaks French and Hebrew.

Ben leads the firm’s Israel Desk and the firm’s formal association with Israeli law firm Zelichov, Ben-Dan and Co. Offering a one-stop service, Ben and his team advise the firm’s international clients on legal matters concerning Israel as well as Israeli clients requiring assistance in the UK and other jurisdictions in which Kennedys is active.

Market recognition

  • An Expert in Who's Who Legal for 'Product liability (Life sciences)'
    Who's Who Legal 2019
  • A Recommended Lawyer for 'Commercial litigation (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • “Ben Aram [is] highly rated.”
    The Legal 500 UK 2017
  • Next Generation Lawyer for 'Product liability: defendant (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Product liability: defendant (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • A Next Generation Lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    The Legal 500 UK 2017

Work highlights

  • Defending a $100 million trade secrets claim relating to chemical formulations pursued in the High Court by a foreign company against a UK manufacturing client.
  • Advising a US conglomerate and its European subsidiaries on a multi-million-pound dispute and potential London seated arbitration arising from the supply to it of a defective PVC manufacturing plant in an Eastern European country.
  • Advising the management of a large Russian bank in relation to a multi-billion pound claim and related proceedings arising from a number of debt refinancing transactions.
  • Acting for a South American investment house on a multi-million-pound shareholder dispute with UK parties as well as related insolvency.
  • Representing several UHNW Russian and Ukranian individuals and their businesses in a number of asset related litigated and non-litigated disputes in the UK, Singapore, Switzerland and Russia.
  • Acting as coordinating counsel in a global recall of metal on metal hip implants, overseeing the handling of thousands of attritional claims by patients, hospitals and health insurers across the EMEA region.
  • Advising London insurers on a number of claims in Israel, including on the scope of coverage, relating to various issues such as flooding damage connected to a prestigious PPI infrastructure project, EPL claims and various complex product liability matters.
  • Representing an Israeli medical device products distribution company in a multi-million-pound contractual dispute with a global supplier.
  • R+V Versicherung AG v Robertson and Co SA [2016]. Acted for R+V Versicherung AG in a claim and contested jurisdiction application against Robertson and Co SA relating to loss adjusting services rendered in connection with the devastating 2010/2011 Christchurch (New Zealand) earthquakes.
  • Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc and others v Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime [2013]. Acted for RSA in its highly publicised and law-making claim against the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 arising from the attack on the Sony warehouse in Enfield during the August 2011 London riots.

 

Market recognition
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    Next Generation Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2017