Benedict S. Wray

PhD

Senior Associate

Ottawa
Bwray@blg.com
613.787.3570

Benedict is an English- and Ontario-qualified disputes lawyer. His broad practice includes international arbitration, commercial litigation and administrative law matters, as well as a range of business and human rights issues.

Benedict has experience of international law and investor-state disputes, advising and representing clients on matters governed by the rules of UNCITRAL, the ICC, LCIA, and ADRIC as well as ad hoc arbitrations under various Canadian statutes. He also regularly advises clients on conflict-of-laws and jurisdictional issues, and has appeared before a range of courts in Canada and the UK.

Before joining BLG, Benedict worked both as a barrister in chambers in London and at a global law firm. He recently represented his former firm in a consultation by the Canadian Federal Government regarding possible modern slavery legislation.

He is a member of the firm's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiative.

Experience

  • Acted for an investor in an UNCITRAL dispute against a Latin American state.
  • Advised an energy company regarding its production sharing and joint operating agreements.
  • Acted for the purchaser in an M&A dispute.
  • Advised various clients in relation to international development projects and sanctions.
  • Advised a garment industry client with respect to the powers and processes of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise.

Beyond Our Walls

Community Involvement

  • Director, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation

Bar Admission & Education

  • England and Wales, 2009
  • Ontario, 2016
  • LLM, European University Institute, 2010 Comparative, European & International Law
  • PhD in Law, European University Institute, 2015
  • MA, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2008 French and English law
  • LLB, King's College London, 2008