Benjamin James

Outcomes focused, practical and pragmatic commercially minded solicitor. Experienced in working in England and internationally on all aspects of commercial, IT, IP, charity and privacy matters.

What we say about Benjamin

Benjamin has a detailed knowledge of complex issues and explains matters in an easy understandable way. He strives to understand the underlying business which is taking place and gives pragmatic solutions orientated advice.

Benjamin advises on all areas of law affecting charities, including governance, intellectual property, fundraising and all types of contract.

Benjamin manages many complex domestic and international trade mark portfolios. Along with assisting clients to register complex trade marks he has a particular interest in assisting clients which hope to register descriptive or generic names as trade marks.

Licensing all types of intellectual property is also an area in which Benjamin has a great deal of experience, this ranges from the licensing of concepts through to international patent licensing as well as the licensing of copyright and trade marks throughout the world in multiple jurisdictions.

The management of estates holding the copyright of authors and artists is another complex area where Benjamin provides advice and assistance to the executors and management teams.

Benjamin advises on copyright, database rights, designs and strategic IP issues. He has recently negotiated and drafted an exploitation agreement for privately funded university research and is often involved with licensing and assignment agreements.

Benjamin advises on all aspects of data protection, freedom of information, privacy and information management issues. He has a particular interest in protecting business and charities from being forced to disclose confidential information, including counselling notes, by the courts in relation to third party witness summons.

Benjamin has drafted many complex data protection policies for clients ranging from rail companies to banks, statutory regulators to small businesses and charities to the police. He has also worked in the Information Tribunal on both data and freedom of information cases.

Benjamin advises on many types of commercial and IT contracts, these range from App development and licensing agreements to the implementation of practice management systems for professional firms. He advises a number of IT and security companies on their standard agreements.

He also works on a whole range of commercial contracts relating to sale of goods and the supply of services, whether in person, using the Internet or by means of distance selling.

What others say about Benjamin

Benjamin is recommended for advising charities in the Chambers & Partners directory.


He recently led one of the teams working on the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Benjamin has been closely involved with the formation of the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank and continues to work with what has become one of the country’s largest human tissue banks. He has also worked on the formation of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Pancreas Tissue Bank. Both of these matters have involved complex advice in relation to governance, intellectual property, international transfers, personal data and operational contracts.

He has recently advised a company on ensuring that information provided to a public authority in respect of tender negotiations remains confidential and that information cannot be disclosed under FOIA by the public authority in receipt of the information.