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Ben Bruton, Managing Partner UAE

Ben Bruton

Managing Partner UAE

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Financial institutions
  • Financial services and markets regulation
  • Financial services disputes and investigations
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • Inquiries and investigations
  • Insurance and reinsurance

Practice notes

Ben Bruton is our Managing Partner in the UAE.

Working in the Dispute Resolution team, he has acted on behalf of a range of multi-national and domestic corporates.

Having practised in the UK for 12 years, Ben is now permanently based in the firm’s Dubai office. Ben has also worked in Bahrain and has considerable experience of litigation in the Pakistani and Indian Courts.

Recently, Ben was listed (as one of only two lawyers) by Financial News as one of the top 100 rising stars of the City for 2010 in recognition of the team’s work in disputes arising out of the financial crisis.

Ben is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, where he is described as “very keen, very clever and very capable.”

His recent experience includes leading a team acting for a subsidiary of a global energy company in a €155 million multi-jurisdictional dispute against a world leading construction company and a major international bank concerning an on-demand performance bond. The dispute related to the development of a lignite-fired power station in Bulgaria. The case raised novel questions of jurisdiction and ultimately changed the law in relation to on-demand performance bonds.

Ben also acted recently on behalf of Rolls-Royce plc in a multi-jurisdictional and high-value insurance dispute. The dispute, which culminated in High Court proceedings, was listed as one of the top 20 litigation matters in The Lawyer magazine and raised numerous technical issues in relation to adequacy of notice and coverage under General Liability insurance policies.

Ben recently advised a major life assurance company in a €1.6billion arbitration dispute with a fund manager. The client’s funds performed badly as a result of breaches of the Investment Management Agreement, which prohibited investment in collateralised debt obligations and certain other securities. The dispute covered a range of issues relating to the nature of the structured products, the financial performance of other “permitted” products and the scope of a fund manager’s duty.

Ben has acted on behalf of a Middle Eastern investment bank in complex, multi-jurisdictional matters in which it was seeking to enforce a High Court judgment and arbitration awards in the UK, India, Belgium and Pakistan following disputes raising issues of Sharia compliance.