Ben Cain

Senior Associate

Hamilton • Tauranga
+64 (7) 957 5660
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Ben specialises in resolving disputes concerning registered or common law trade mark rights, domain names, copyright rights, registered designs, fair trading issues and confidential information. His passion is resolving trade mark and domain name disputes, having spent 14 years as a professional marketer and brand design manager before qualifying as a lawyer.

Outside of work, Ben enjoys good Kiwi craft beer, supporting his favourite team, the All Blacks, and spending time with his family.

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Before joining James & Wells, Ben worked in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand as a marketer for large organisations such as Raleigh Bikes and Boots Healthcare and as manager for two prominent New Zealand brand design agencies.

Ben has appeared in dispute resolution forums both in New Zealand and overseas. In New Zealand, he regularly represents clients in trade mark proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand and in domain name dispute resolution proceedings before the Domain Name Commission (NZ). He has also appeared before the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court of New Zealand in disputes involving trade marks, breaches of the Fair-Trading Act, passing off, breach of confidential information, copyright rights and the Consumer Guarantees Act.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours - The University of Waikato
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - The University of Hull
  • Master of Science in International Marketing - University of Strathclyde
  • Diploma in Marketing - Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
  • Member of the New Zealand Law Society
  • Professional member of the Resolution Institute (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Associate member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AAMINZ)

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