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Ben Allgrove

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Ben Allgrove is a much sought-after copyright, privacy, AI and wider technology expert with an emphasis on digital media and intermediary platforms. A client says, "Ben is exceptional in terms of responsiveness and his commercial sense. He's an amazing lawyer with an outstanding practice. He is analytical, thorough and diligent. He has sound judgement and gives pragmatic advice with creative problem-solving" (Chambers UK, Media & Entertainment, 2020, Band 2). 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.

Ben advises market-leading and independent digital media and technology companies on content licensing, production, regulation, privacy and copyright litigation. A client says, "He has a very strong understanding of how to achieve a bespoke agreement whereas most media lawyers I've dealt with use templates of one kind or another" (Chambers UK, Media & Entertainment, 2019, Band 2). Another client says, "He specializes in contentious and consumer regulatory, IP and privacy matters and "is sharp and knows how to outwit the other side in a negotiation" (Legal 500 UK, IP, 2019).

Ben is also the partner in charge of Baker McKenzie’s Reinvent innovation arm.

Practice Focus

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

  • Acting for one of the world’s largest social media platforms and one of the world’s largest music streaming companies in the two largest music rate setting disputes in the UK in recent years. 
  • 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 in the UK and globally.
  • 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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Society for Computers & Law (SCL)
  • Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)
  • Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society (AALS)

Admissions

  • 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)

Education

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

Languages

  • English

Publications

  • Editor, "International Copyright Law: A Practical Global Guide," Global Law & Business, 2021 (to be published soon)

  • Co-author with John Groom, “Enforcement in a digital context: intermediary liability,” Chapter 25 in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Digital Technologies, 2020

  • 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