Ben Allgrove is the lead of the Firm’s Intellectual Property, Technology and Communications Practice Group, based in London, where he advises on contentious and non-contentious media, technology, and intellectual property. 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.” Media Law International 2015 notes that Ben is "recommended without reservation" by clients for his “thoughtful… fast… and commercially reasonable and grounded” advice. Ben is also a qualified solicitor advocate.
Ben frequently works with clients on matters involving the cross-over space of media, IP and technology. His practice includes acting on major IP and IT disputes, with a particular focus on copyright and technology disputes, content licensing and regulation, privacy, e-commerce and regulatory issues. He has a particular expertise in artificial intelligence, with an academic background in the application of legal and ethical systems to artificial intellect. 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. In addition to his practice, Ben leads the Firm's Global R&D team.
Representative Legal Matters
Advising a leading technology company on possible ethical frameworks for the deployment of artificial intelligence.
Advising on cutting edge content licensing issues related to cloud computing.
Advising leading online social and gaming platforms on rights and content licensing.
Acting in landmark Meltwater and ITV v TVCatchup Court of Appeal litigation in the UK Supreme Court and CJEU.
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.
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.
Advising on the deployment of connected cars.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Society for Computers & Law (SCL)
- Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)
- British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
- Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society (AALS)
- Trademarks & Brands Online (Newton Media) - Editorial Board Member
- 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)