BLG Team / Benjamin Ross

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Known for being resilient and self-assured under pressure, Benjamin uses a thoughtful and independent approach to develop positive and innovative solutions to clients’ problems.

As lead counsel, working closely with IT and procurement, Benjamin takes pride in distilling the incentives of the parties in order to negotiate effectively and apply flexible commercial and contracting models in a creative way. Benjamin uses the contractual framework, together with deep understanding of the business and a close relationship with stakeholders to handle issues such as delays in delivery or budget overruns in a nuanced and pragmatic way, to continue to achieve the business objectives.

Benjamin deals with privacy/data protection issues and cyber security matters on a daily basis, including contract remediation for GDPR and FCA compliance and best practice. Benjamin has also advised risk and compliance functions on the regulatory requirements affecting financial services organisations’ commercial deals and has partnered with information security professionals on numerous transactions.

Benjamin has also more recently successfully passed modules in the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning from the Chartered Insurance Institute covering financial services, regulation, investment principles and risk and is a Black Duck certified legal professional.

Selected Professional Activities

Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute, UK

Member of the Society for Computers & Law, UK

Member of the Law Society, UK

External Industry Specialist in Managing Cyber Security, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI), UK

Employment History

Bortstein Legal Group, Partner 2016 to present

Prudential UK & Europe 2012 to 2016

Hogan Lovells (Hogan & Hartson prior to 2010) 2008 to 2012

Macfarlanes 2006 to 2008

Technology platforms

Structured and led negotiations with providers of software for policy administration, eSignatures, product illustrations, identity and access management and a customer engagement platform, for use by advisers and customers on digital platforms, both on premise and in the cloud

Advised on a flexible resource pool arrangement with a systems integrator for the purpose of implementing a multi-vendor IT infrastructure programme

Advised on the build and operation of underwriting, claims and policy administration, sales contact centre and digital design services to be performed by various providers

Structured the development of a with profits investment tax free wrapper as paper and digital propositions, utilising a hybrid waterfall and agile approach

Procurement

Undertook simultaneous negotiations with software suppliers during competitive tender processes, while evaluating their bids from a commercial and legal perspective

Led on procurement of cloud services, including developing minimum commercial, legal, privacy and information security standards

Implemented a major vendor due diligence and re-negotiation exercise following a sale of a business unit, including transitional services

Developed a risk based process for compliance and procurement professionals to draft agreements using prescribed templates, with escalation where appropriate to in-house legal counsel

Information Security & Privacy

Re-engineered the information security and business continuity standards for a major insurer

Advised on transfers of data outside the European Economic Area