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Ben Williams is a senior associate and solicitor advocate in the London office of King & Spalding. He is a member of the firm’s Trial Practice and Global Disputes group. Ben has experience, including as advocate, handling and resolving complex commercial disputes through litigation, arbitration and ADR.

In addition to appearing regularly in proceedings in the High Court of England & Wales, Ben has acted in numerous international arbitrations, commercial and treaty, under most institutional rules as well as ad hoc, both for and against private individuals/entities as well as States, in the energy sector and beyond. 

Ben obtained his LLB (with honours) from the University of Bristol and his LPC (with distinction) from BPP, London. Ben qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2009 and obtained his Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Proceedings) in 2010. In 2013, Ben was also admitted as an Attorney and Counsellor at Law in New York State, having successfully completed the Bar examinations in 2012.  

Credentials

L.P.C., BPP Law School, UK, distinction

LL.B. with Honours, University of Bristol, UK

England and Wales

Law Society of England & Wales

New York

Matters

International Arbitration

Acting for an AIM listed oil and gas exploration and production company in a US $275 million claim against Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Acting for an eastern European oil and gas exploration and production company in US$ 100 million UNCITRAL proceedings against a major multinational in relation to a joint venture for the construction and operation of an LPG plant located in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Acting for a major US oil and gas exploration and production company in LCIA proceedings against an oil field owner in relation to an EPC contract for the construction and operation of a gas processing facility in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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International Arbitration

Acting for an AIM listed oil and gas exploration and production company in a US $275 million claim against Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Acting for an eastern European oil and gas exploration and production company in US$ 100 million UNCITRAL proceedings against a major multinational in relation to a joint venture for the construction and operation of an LPG plant located in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Acting for a major US oil and gas exploration and production company in LCIA proceedings against an oil field owner in relation to an EPC contract for the construction and operation of a gas processing facility in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Acting for an insured (a US Government Agency) in three separate Bermuda form arbitrations relating to a US$ 1 billion loss (involving successful coverage recovery exceeding US$ 250 million) following an environmental incident.

Acting in LCIA arbitration proceedings for a leading European low fares airline against an Italian airport owner concerning unpaid contractual bonus fees.

Acting for an insured (a US utility company) in a Bermuda form arbitration relating to a US$ 200 million loss following an environmental incident.

Acting in LCIA proceedings for a South African engineering company in connection with a dispute concerning a railway consortium in two African countries.

Acting in ICC proceedings for an Israeli engineering company and a public utility company in connection with a dispute involving a major water and sewerage project in the Caribbean.

Multi-jurisdiction litigation acting for an English online gaming company in connection with court proceedings in Malta and SCC arbitration proceedings in Sweden relating to a fraud committed against the company.

Litigation (reported cases)

Anatolie Stati, Gabriel Stati, Ascom Group S.A., Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd. v The Republic of Kazakhstan [2015] EWHC 2542 (English Commercial Court Judgment – enforcement proceedings relating to a US$ 500 million arbitration award under the Energy Charter Treaty).

Catalyst Managerial Services v Libya Africa Investment Portfolio [2015] EWHC 2044 (English Queen’s Bench Division Judgment – summary judgment proceedings relating to a multi-million dollar management consultancy services agreement).

Samir Arab v Raghida & 5 Others [2015] EWHC 1244 (English Commercial Court Judgment – summary judgment proceedings relating to fraud claims concerning a multi-million dollar Iraqi mobile telecommunications project).

Ryanair v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2013] FTC/20/2012 (English Upper Tribunal (Tax Chamber) Judgment – proceedings concerning taxation overpayments in the aviation sector).

Ryanair Limited -v- Gatwick Airport Limited (English Civil Aviation Authority Decisions 2013 & 2011 – Regulatory proceedings concerning airport charges).

Ryanair Limited -v- Esso Italiana S.r.l. [2013] EWCA Civ 1450 and [2012] EWHC 200 (Comm) (English Court of Appeal and Commercial Court Judgments – Jurisdiction challenge in relation to Anti-trust proceedings).

Sir Martin Broughton & Others -v- Thomas O. Hicks; George N. Gillett & Others (Liverpool Football Club litigation) [2012] various (English Commercial Court and Court of Appeal Judgments – fraud proceedings).

Etihad Airways P.J.S.C. and Aldar Properties P.J.S.C. -v- Force India Formula One Team Limited [2010] EWCA Civ 1051 (English Court of Appeal Judgment in relation to sports sponsorship agreement dispute).

Ryanair Limited -v- SR Technics Ireland Limited [2007] EWHC 3089 (QB) (English Queen’s Bench Division Judgment in relation to hangar licence agreement). 

Matters

International Arbitration

Acting for an AIM listed oil and gas exploration and production company in a US $275 million claim against Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Acting for an eastern European oil and gas exploration and production company in US$ 100 million UNCITRAL proceedings against a major multinational in relation to a joint venture for the construction and operation of an LPG plant located in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Acting for a major US oil and gas exploration and production company in LCIA proceedings against an oil field owner in relation to an EPC contract for the construction and operation of a gas processing facility in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Matters

International Arbitration

Acting for an AIM listed oil and gas exploration and production company in a US $275 million claim against Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Acting for an eastern European oil and gas exploration and production company in US$ 100 million UNCITRAL proceedings against a major multinational in relation to a joint venture for the construction and operation of an LPG plant located in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Acting for a major US oil and gas exploration and production company in LCIA proceedings against an oil field owner in relation to an EPC contract for the construction and operation of a gas processing facility in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Acting for an insured (a US Government Agency) in three separate Bermuda form arbitrations relating to a US$ 1 billion loss (involving successful coverage recovery exceeding US$ 250 million) following an environmental incident.

Acting in LCIA arbitration proceedings for a leading European low fares airline against an Italian airport owner concerning unpaid contractual bonus fees.

Acting for an insured (a US utility company) in a Bermuda form arbitration relating to a US$ 200 million loss following an environmental incident.

Acting in LCIA proceedings for a South African engineering company in connection with a dispute concerning a railway consortium in two African countries.

Acting in ICC proceedings for an Israeli engineering company and a public utility company in connection with a dispute involving a major water and sewerage project in the Caribbean.

Multi-jurisdiction litigation acting for an English online gaming company in connection with court proceedings in Malta and SCC arbitration proceedings in Sweden relating to a fraud committed against the company.

Litigation (reported cases)

Anatolie Stati, Gabriel Stati, Ascom Group S.A., Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd. v The Republic of Kazakhstan [2015] EWHC 2542 (English Commercial Court Judgment – enforcement proceedings relating to a US$ 500 million arbitration award under the Energy Charter Treaty).

Catalyst Managerial Services v Libya Africa Investment Portfolio [2015] EWHC 2044 (English Queen’s Bench Division Judgment – summary judgment proceedings relating to a multi-million dollar management consultancy services agreement).

Samir Arab v Raghida & 5 Others [2015] EWHC 1244 (English Commercial Court Judgment – summary judgment proceedings relating to fraud claims concerning a multi-million dollar Iraqi mobile telecommunications project).

Ryanair v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2013] FTC/20/2012 (English Upper Tribunal (Tax Chamber) Judgment – proceedings concerning taxation overpayments in the aviation sector).

Ryanair Limited -v- Gatwick Airport Limited (English Civil Aviation Authority Decisions 2013 & 2011 – Regulatory proceedings concerning airport charges).

Ryanair Limited -v- Esso Italiana S.r.l. [2013] EWCA Civ 1450 and [2012] EWHC 200 (Comm) (English Court of Appeal and Commercial Court Judgments – Jurisdiction challenge in relation to Anti-trust proceedings).

Sir Martin Broughton & Others -v- Thomas O. Hicks; George N. Gillett & Others (Liverpool Football Club litigation) [2012] various (English Commercial Court and Court of Appeal Judgments – fraud proceedings).

Etihad Airways P.J.S.C. and Aldar Properties P.J.S.C. -v- Force India Formula One Team Limited [2010] EWCA Civ 1051 (English Court of Appeal Judgment in relation to sports sponsorship agreement dispute).

Ryanair Limited -v- SR Technics Ireland Limited [2007] EWHC 3089 (QB) (English Queen’s Bench Division Judgment in relation to hangar licence agreement). 

Credentials

L.P.C., BPP Law School, UK, distinction

LL.B. with Honours, University of Bristol, UK

England and Wales

Law Society of England & Wales

New York