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Ben Gibson


Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
Burj Daman
PO Box 506873
United Arab Emirates
Languages English

Ben is a Technology lawyer recognised in the Legal 500 in the UAE. He specialises in complex commercial technology projects, including procurement, development and outsourcing, as well as IT licensing and data protection.  His clients in the Middle East have included Google, Cisco, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority, stc (Saudi Telecoms Company) and the King Abdullah Financial District.

Ben helped the DIFC to draft its Data Protection Law (Law No 5 of 2020).

Before moving to the UAE, Ben practised in England where his clients included government departments and bodies along with businesses in sectors including financial services, energy and retail. He was also recognised in the Legal 500 UK.

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Relevant experience

  • The DIFC Authority on the drafting of the DIFC Data Protection Law.
  • A UAE-based investment company on the commercial and operational aspects of a joint venture to develop a commercial-scale data centre in the UAE.
  • A major UAE conglomerate on the commercial agreement with a European supplier of high-tech logistics solutions.
  • A major global internet company on the development of telecommunications infrastructure in Qatar.
  • A UAE currency exchange and money transfer provider on the contracts to procure the development, support and maintenance of a new transaction processing and customer management system.
  • A Saudi healthcare-sector IT services company in relation to protection of intellectual property and the development of an artificial intelligence engine in conjunction with a Chinese service provider, to be used in the provision of public healthcare in Saudi Arabia and on software licensing terms as part of a strategic government healthcare sector digitisation project.
  • King Abdullah Financial District on telecommunications infrastructure arrangements for tenants.
  • The United Kingdom Ministry of Justice on a major long-term outsourcing agreement.
  • NHS Digital, the digital procurement and data management arm of the UK National Health Service, on various technology procurements and on data protection compliance issues.
  • The Cornerstone telecommunications joint venture between Vodafone and Telefonica in the UK.
  • Numerous financial services and retail businesses on software licensing agreements with vendors such as Oracle, SAP, HP and IBM.
  • Various clients on regulatory issues in the technology and telecommunications space in the Middle East, including in relation to the Saudi Cloud Computing Regulatory Framework and the CITC’s Internet of Things Regulatory Policy.
  • Various technology start-ups in the UAE on issues relating to compliance, brand protection and contracting.
  • Bidders and acquirers of off-shore electricity transmission cables under the UK’s “OFTO” regulatory framework.
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  • 2007 – LLB – Nottingham Law School, Nottingham.
  • 2004 – Philosophy, Cardiff University, Cardiff.
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