He has particular expertise in relation to claims arising from mergers and acquisitions, information law, reputation management, funding arrangements, supply of goods and services (including procurement) and professional negligence.
Ben has represented leading lenders in multi-million pound claim portfolios involving fraud and professional negligence. He regularly advises on business owner 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 Information Law and Reputation Management teams. This usually revolves around issues with social media and the internet, including: data breaches and privacy issues; 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 Holt is strong on commercial litigation when in need of a claim. Ben has been the voice of reason when dealing with issues we felt had the potential to impact our reputation." - Legal 500
"Ben is intuitive about what a commercial company should and shouldn't be doing when having to manage a crisis or issues where the law can support." - Legal 500
"Ben Holt is a superb partner, he keeps abreast of the detail, whilst ensuring that the overarching strategy is implemented efficiently. He is not afraid to tackle the knotty issues which crop up in litigation and has a wonderful manner with clients." - Legal 500
Chambers and Partners describe Ben as "personable and approachable" as well as being "strategic and well considered in his approach."
Ben is also the President of Bristol Law Society and a member of the Bristol Commercial Court Users Committee and the Association of Procurement Lawyers.
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.