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Benjamin T. Mackinnon

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Benjamin is an associate in the Commercial Disputes practice of the firm's London office. Ben has experience of a wide range of commercial disputes including complex and multi-jurisdictional arbitration and litigation.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ben worked as a Researcher for a member of the Shadow Cabinet and subsequently as Chief of Staff to a senior member of the Shadow Cabinet during the 2010 General Election. In politics, Ben has provided advice and developed policy in the areas of corruption in international development, constitutional reform (including scrutiny of the then Legal Service Bill), pensions, welfare and equalities.

As part of his studies at Georgetown University Law Center, Ben undertook research on international arbitration laws for the World Bank's Investing Across Borders 2010 Report.


  • Honorable Mention for the Martin Domke Award for Best Individual Oralist at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2008 
  • Semi-Finalist at the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot 2009
  • Acting for a party challenging the Chairman of a tribunal under section 24 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (H v L [2017] EWHC 137 (Comm) and H v L [2017] EWHC 249 (Comm), currently under appeal)
  • Acting on commodities / trade association arbitrations (including FOSFA and GAFTA)
  • Acting on maritime arbitrations under LMAA Terms, including various charterparty disputes and related issues including vessel arrests
  • Acting in a London-seated price review arbitration under a long term LNG supply agreement (LCIA Rules)
  • Advising on the procedural aspects of Bermuda Form arbitrations
  • Acting on London Steam Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v The Kingdom of Spain and the French State (The Prestige) [2015] EWCA Civ 333
  • Acting in an ICC arbitration arising out of a product recall
  • Acting in an ICC arbitration against an Eastern European state