Benjamin Stafford

Managing Associate


Ben advises clients in international arbitration under the rules of various institutions including the ICC and LCIA as well as in commercial litigation in the English courts and in internal investigations.

Ben is admitted as a solicitor advocate with rights of audience in all civil proceedings before the English higher courts. In addition to his core experience in international arbitration and litigation in the energy, construction and commercial spheres, previously Ben has also acted for energy & infrastructure clients and advised on mergers & acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions for clients based in Europe and the US.  Ben is currently a co-rapporteur for the Association of International Energy Negotiators sub-group on Green Hydrogen.

    • Acting for Swiss and Dutch entities in a US$ 2 billion dispute in relation to a joint venture concerning a construction project in Russia.
    • Acting for an African free zone development providing full logistic support to deepwater oil and gas operations in LCIA proceedings being pursued by a joint venture partner under contracts involving English and Nigerian law.
    • Acting for the claimant, a listed Scandinavian exploration and production company in a Paris-seated ICC arbitration against a Middle-Eastern state concerning claims in relation to the contractor's cost recovery under a production sharing contract and abusive conduct on the part of the state.
    • Acting for the respondent Chinese company in a high-value SIAC arbitration under Singaporean law, involving sale and purchase and repurchase transactions.
    • Acting for a Japanese subcontractor in a Tokyo-seated ICC arbitration relating to a renewable energy project.
    • Acting in the Commercial Court against accusations that a solicitor engaged in an unlawful conspiracy to avoid a client being liable for a $1.6 billion arbitration award, including the defence of door-step Norwich Pharmacal orders.
    • Representing a manufacture of cutting-edge aircraft seating in a High Court claim against a flag airline carrier.