Ben Yates

RPC, Senior Consultant in Commercial Disputes

Ben Yates is a litigation and arbitration solicitor at RPC specialising in technology-related matters. He regularly handles data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents, along with disputes and investigations involving cryptocurrencies. He also advises on the complex legal and regulatory framework surrounding digital tokens and blockchain technology.

Ben is the author of a 48,000-word new chapter on “cyber law” in Chitty on Contracts (Hong Kong Specific Contracts), covering data protection, cloud computing, cybersecurity, blockchain technology, smart contracts and related subjects.

Email fraud and online scams have been particularly prominent in the news of late. These are serious crimes and justify reporting to the relevant law enforcement authorities. In addition, as a...
3 October 2018
A new generation of stringent data protection regulations being implemented around the world, spearheaded by GDPR, aims to tackle the privacy and security concerns posed by the proliferation of...
5 September 2018
Section 300(1) of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) “A person shall not, directly or indirectly, in a transaction involving securities, futures contracts or leveraged...
17 May 2018
Securities and Futures Commission v Lee Kwok Wa & Ors, CACV 33/2016, 9 November 2017, is an appeal that arises out of (among other things) the application of s. 300 of the Securities and Futures...
11 December 2017
The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) signed its first Co-operation Agreement with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in May this year, followed by another similar Co...
7 September 2017
The recent WannaCry cyber-attack has sent shockwaves through the global business community. Since its initial outbreak in May 2017, the largest ransomware attack in internet history has infected over...
24 August 2017
Section 49 (“Interest on judgments”) of the High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4) “(1) Judgment debts shall carry simple interest – (a) at such rate as the Court of First Instance may order; or (b)...
10 April 2017
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