Ben Allgrove is a technology and IP lawyer based in London. A Rhodes Scholar, he has twice been named in The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” lawyers (in 2019 and 2012), along with being named E-Commerce Lawyer of the Year (UK) in the ILO Client Choice Awards 2011 and Assistant Solicitor of the Year in the British Legal Awards in 2009. Ranked in the major directories, Chambers 2018 describes Ben as "a much sought after copyright, brands and designs expert with an emphasis on digital media" and notes his "powers of analysis and quick turnaround." Legal 500 2018 lists Ben as a "special[ist] In contentious and regulatory IP matters" and comments that "he is sharp and knows how to outwit the other side." Ben also leads Baker McKenzie's Global IP & Technology Practice and is also the Firm's partner in charge of Global R&D.
Ben works with clients on matters involving the cross-over space of media, IP and technology. His practice has a particular focus on artificial intelligence, data protection, copyright and technology disputes. He has a particular expertise in intermediary liability issues. He also has an academic background in the application of legal and ethical systems to artificial intellects. 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 complex IP subsistence and ownership issues related to access to data for machine learning and the output of model training.
Advising on one of the highest profile ever data protection regulatory investigations.
Advising a leading technology company on ethical frameworks for the deployment of artificial intelligence.
Advising leading online social and gaming platforms on intermediary liability, third party rights and in-bound content licensing.
Acting in landmark Meltwater and ITV v. TVCatchup Court of Appeal litigation in the UK Supreme Court and CJEU.
Acting on the largest trade secrets case in motor sport history.
Regularly advises on privacy and interception issues related to e-commerce, behaviourally targeted and location-based advertising.
Advising on the deployment of connected and autonomous cars.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Society for Computers & Law (SCL)
- Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)
- Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society (AALS)
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (2005)
- New South Wales~Australia (2002)
- Federal Court of Australia~Australia (2002)
- South Australia~Australia (2002)
- High Court of Australia~Australia (2002)
- Oxford University (2004)
- Oxford University (2003)
- University of Adelaide (2000)
- University of Adelaide (1999)
Author, "The Future and the Promise of Smart Contracts," LegalTech News, Law.com, 31 May 2018
Author, “DSM: what is the European Commission really trying to achieve? (2016),” Intellectual Property Magazine, April 2016
Co-author with Bill Batchelor and Mark Agnew, "Digital Disruption: The Practical Implications of the EU’s Digital Single Market Agenda,"European Competition Law Review, Vol. 36, No. 9, 2015, p. 379-383
Co-author with James Whymark, "The Jackson reforms - one year on," PLC, March 2014
Co-author with Steve Holmes, "Deal reached on EU Directive on Multi-Territorial Licensing of Musical Works for Online Uses," Licensing Journal, Vol 34 (02), February 2014