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Ben D. Allgrove
Ben D. Allgrove
Baker & McKenzie LLP
London




Partner
+ 44 20 7919 1788
+ 44 20 7919 1999

Ben Allgrove is a partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property and IT/Com Practice Groups in London, where he advises mainly on contentious and noncontentious media, technology, privacy, intellectual property and freedom of information law. A Rhodes Scholar, he was named E-Commerce Lawyer of the Year (UK) in the ILO Client Choice Awards 2011, Assistant Solicitor of the Year in the British Legal Awards in 2009, and was recognized as a "a standout lawyer" in Chambers UK, "well known particularly for his expertise in digital platforms.” Ben is a qualified solicitor advocate. He is also actively involved in various pro bono activities, particularly for Amnesty International, IREX, PILI and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, among others. He has written and co-authored multiple publications and articles on topics related to his field, and has also previously taught copyright and design law at Kings College London. Ben joined Baker & McKenzie in 2004 and has experience in Australia and Vietnam prior to joining the Firm.

Practice Focus

Ben frequently works with clients on matters involving the cross-over space of digital media, IP and new technology. His practice includes acting on major IP and IT disputes, with a particular focus on copyright and technology disputes, content licensing and regulation, and content and software copyright issues. Ben also has considerable lobbying experience, and has conducted oral advocacy in the Copyright Tribunal, High Court and County Court on behalf of his clients.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising on cutting edge content licensing issues related to cloud computing.
  • Advising a leading online gaming platform on rights and content licensing.
  • Acting for online media monitoring service, Meltwater, in its Supreme Court and Copyright Tribunal dispute with the UK's Newspaper Licensing Agency.
  • Advised a market-leading online video platform on broadcast and advertising regulation in the UK and across Europe.
  • Regularly advises on privacy and interception issues related to e-commerce, behaviourally targeted and location-based advertising.
  • Advised and implemented a lobbying strategy for a major online service provider client in relation to the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive across all 27 EU member states.
  • Acted for IREX in relation to freedom of information laws in Yemen and Georgia and PILI, in respect of freedom of information laws in Nepal.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Society for Computers & Law (SCL)
  • Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society (AALS)
  • Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)
  • Trademarks Brands & The Internet (Newton Media) - Editorial Board Member
  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)

Admission

England & Wales~United Kingdom (2005)
South Australia~Australia (2002)
New South Wales~Australia (2002)
High Court of Australia~Australia (2002)
Federal Court of Australia~Australia (2002)

Education

Oxford University (2004)
Oxford University (2003)
University of Adelaide (2000)
University of Adelaide (1999)

Baker & McKenzie LLP, an English partnership, is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.
Speaker, "The Common Law Tort of Passing Off," JIPLP / GRUR seminar on Passing Off and Unfair Competition, London, 23 January 2014

Author, "Peter Pinckney v KDG Mediatech AG - Court of Justice of the European Union, [Case C-170/12]," E-Commerce Law Reports, Vol 13(05), 3 October 2013

Author (edited by Constance Ulmer-Eilfort and Eva Ines Obergfell (Beck)), Chapter in Verlagsrecht, 2013

Co-author with Julia Hemmings and Eve-Christie Vermynck, "UK's draft Consumer Rights Bill and digital goods," E-Commerce Law & Policy, July 2013

Co-author with Lothar Determann, Pamela Church and Gary Shapiro, "International First Sales and Imports under US, EU IP laws," BNA, June 2013

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