Ben commenced working with the firm in 1998 as a law clerk while still a law student at Southern Cross University. He was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1998 and became a partner in the firm in 2003. Ben is now the Director of the firm.
Ben is a very experienced lawyer and a highly regarded litigator who has regularly conducted very complex litigation in the Supreme Court. He is experienced in litigating partnership disputes, shareholder disputes and claims involving disputed estates. Ben also has a wealth of experience in compensation matters.
Ben has a common sense approach to litigation, and looks for pragmatic and cost-effective solutions. He is very familiar with alternative dispute resolution procedures and has participated in many informal settlement conferences, mediations and arbitrations. Not all matters can be resolved without proceeding to a hearing, however, and Ben is also very experienced at running trial litigation with some of the top barristers.
As well as being a highly regarded litigator, Ben is also a very experienced commercial lawyer. He has a particular interest in estate planning and the use of testamentary trust Wills. He also deals with the sales and purchases of businesses, including advice on business structuring. He has acted for regional financial institutions in advising on the appropriate securitisation of loans and the preparation of loan securities.
Ben is also experienced in drafting complex commercial agreements, including co-ownership agreements, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, loan agreements, cross-collaterisation agreements and Heads of Agreement.
Ben lives in Lismore with his wife and three children. He is active in the community and is on the pro-bono panel of the NSW Cancer Council, providing estate planning services for cancer patients who would otherwise be unable to pay for such advice. He is the Deputy Chair of the board of “Our House”, a facility providing low-cost accommodation to users of the Lismore Base Hospital, including carers of children in the special care nursery, cancer patients and their carers and other patients of the hospital. He is also a past President of the Goonellabah Preschool, the Lismore Workers Rugby League Club and is currently still trying to play Rugby Union with the Lismore Rugby Club.
He has also provided pro-bono services to other community organisations such as the Lismore Lantern Parade to assist them in purchasing a new home for their operations. Ben holds degrees in Environmental Science and Law. He has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practices and Taxation Institute of Australia certificate in Foundation Tax.