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Ben Holt - Partner at VWV

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0117 314 5478

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How Can Ben Help You?

Ben specialises in advising on complex disputes for businesses and education institutions.

He has particular expertise in relation to claims arising from mergers and acquisitions, reputation management, funding arrangements, supply of goods and services (including procurement) and professional negligence.

Meeting Your Needs

Ben has represented leading lenders in multi-million pound claim portfolios involving fraud and professional negligence. He regularly advises on shareholder/director disputes and warranty claims following corporate acquisitions. Ben acts for both suppliers and contracting authorities in relation to procurement disputes. He has experience obtaining urgent injunctive relief relating to transmission of data, claiming conspiracy to injure, unlawful interference and inducement to breach contract.

Ben also leads the firm's Reputation Management team. This usually revolves around issues with social media and the internet, including: data/confidentiality breaches and privacy; defamation; harassment and intellectual property infringements.  He has a particular interest in tracing anonymous authors / online "trolls" and advising on removing infringing online material. His experience includes successfully challenging the jurisdiction of the Texan court in a commercial disparagement claim for $30m relating to website content; and disputes involving the likes of the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Ben heads our Aerospace and Defence team and is also a member of our Technology and Recruitment teams, providing specialist litigation and dispute resolution advice tailored to each sector.

What You Might Like to Know

Outside of work, Ben is the drummer in a covers band and is a Blackburn Rovers supporter. He also sets and hosts charity quiz nights and has previously co-hosted one with Carol Vorderman. Ben is also a director of Bristol Law Society and a member of the Bristol Mercantile Court Users Committee.