Ben has a broad practice advising and representing clients across diverse practice areas at both trial and appellate level. His main areas of practice cover tort, criminal, administrative and sports law.
Ben has particular expertise in managing long and complex litigation and significant inquests and inquiries.
Tort and Professional Negligence
Administrative and Regulatory Law
Inquests and Inquiries
Ben often acts on behalf of model litigants and is familiar with Model Litigant Principles, including the obligations of such and how they apply in practice.
Past Experience (including Publications)
Ben studied law following from his being awarded the John F. Kearney QC scholarship. Prior to that, Ben undertook studies in Science. He has lectured in areas of both Law and Science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His main areas of interest lie where Law and Science intersect.
Ben has been published internationally: see "Anatomy of a Courtroom: A Legal Perspective" in Petherick, Turvey and Feruguson (Ed) (2009) Forensic Criminology (Elsevier Academic Press, Burlington, MA).
Prior to coming to the Bar, Ben was a solicitor at the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions.
For its duration, Ben was the professional supervisor of the University of Melbourne's Innocence Project where he worked closely with students in reviewing cases of alleged Miscarriages of Justice.
Memberships and Positions
Ben is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, the Commercial Bar Association and Common Law Bar Association.
He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) and the Sports Lawyers' Association (of America) (SLA).
Ben is the Deputy Chair of the Sports Law Section of the Commercial Bar of Victoria. In that role he oversees a portfolio which is responsible for coordinating requests made for pro bono assistance in sports-related matters. He may be contacted directly in relation to such enquiries.
He formerly served as a member of the Football Federation of Victoria Disciplinary and Appeals Tribunal from 2006 until 2016.