Ben Williams

Partner | London

Ben is a partner in the intellectual property and technology team.

He joined the firm from JAG Shaw Baker when they merged with Withers to create a new legal offering, Withers tech, in 2018.

Ben primarily advises software and hardware providers (and all the hybrid companies in-between) on the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of new technologies. Ben has particular experience in:

‘business model litigation’ (i.e. using the tools of litigation to clear the path for new and disruptive business models);

advising clients in the foodtech & agritech, telecoms & tech infrastructure, edtech, adtech, and proptech sectors;

saas licensing agreements (especially enterprise level);

technology disputes involving telecoms, copyright, brand protection, or marketing issues.

Ben has higher-rights of audience and is able to represent clients in the senior civil courts in England and Wales.

Track record





Representing an edtech company at a mediation in Singapore in a claim concerning breach of contract and copyright infringement in (inter alia) the USA, UK, Singapore, and Sweden.

Representing a national tabloid newspaper before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in a high-profile copyright infringement dispute (involving the digital rights in an audio-visual work) against another national tabloid newspaper.

Advising one of the world’s largest and fastest growing fintech companies on its intellectual property protection, commercialisation and enforcement needs, including the recovery of its domain name from a Chinese cyber-squatter.

England and Wales, 2013

Higher rights of audience, England and Wales, 2013

5 reasons why wine producers need to protect their brand.

Written submissions to a Parliamentary Select Committee (Culture, Media and Sport Committee) in relation to ‘Fake news’: the growing phenomenon of widespread dissemination, through social media and the internet, and acceptance as fact of stories of uncertain provenance or accuracy.

The financial liability of ISPs: comparing the E-Commerce Directive with the optimal approach.


BT innovation, TechEast: Intellectual Property for start-ups (2014)

Digital Health London, industry masterclass: Data security and the GDPR (2017)

GDPR roundtable series (2017-2018)



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