Ben Lenihan

Senior Associate

Auckland Office
Disruptive Innovation
Privacy and Data Protection


Ben started work as a lawyer in 2004 after a varied post-University career ranging from making pizzas in Melbourne to fund management in London to teaching English in Prague.  Along the way he also worked as a programmer on database driven websites and systems (using Cold Fusion, JavaScript, HTML, SQL and PHP).

Ben is a lawyer who enjoys helping businesses grow and develop.  This involves realising opportunities and minimising risk through a pragmatic and commercial approach that keeps the business of profit making at the centre.  Device and agreements are tailored and specific to the needs of the individual business – not cookie cutter solutions.

As well as experience in New Zealand, Ben worked in Central and Eastern Europe for three years for an English law firm.  He brings with his advice an international flavour and a willingness to act with an international perspective.

Outside interests

Examples of Transactions



LLB (Hons), University of Canterbury

Graduate Certificate of eCommerce (CPIT)  

Main Practice areas

Technology, media and commercialisation of intellectual property  



Talent management – athletes (especially MMA & boxing) and artists    

Commercial contracts – agreements for supply of goods and services, distribution, reseller and licensing    

Business structuring and strategy – shareholder agreements, joint ventures, trusts and limited partnerships

Buying and selling businesses  

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

Enrolled as Solicitor of Supreme Court of England & Wales        

Enrolled as Solicitor of Supreme Court of Queensland        

Associate of the Institute of IT Professionals