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Ben is an insolvency and reconstruction lawyer with experience in insolvency, reconstruction and recovery related litigation.
He acts for insolvency practitioners in their capacity as liquidators, voluntary administrators, deed administrators and receivers, as well as for corporate borrowers seeking to restructure.
Ben has several years experience acting in various large and complex disputes and Court related matters. He has particular experience in advising insolvency practitioners and secured creditors on insolvency related matters and insolvency recovery actions (acting for both liquidators and defendants), insolvency and other Corporations Act Court applications, general commercial and contractual disputes, judicial review applications and appeals.
Ben has acted across many sectors including in banking and finance and energy and resources. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution by Best Lawyers Australia 2019.
Advising the receivers and their appointor (a national bank) in relation to the receivership of an oyster growing company with approximately 100 staff and operations across five oyster farms in South Australia and Tasmania. Also prepared sale documentation for several sales of the company’s business and assets and settled on those sales.
Advising a national company on the purchase of an Adelaide based fire inspection and testing business following its entry into voluntary administration. The sale was completed on the day the administrators were appointed.
Acting for the liquidators of a publicly listed company in a circa $100 million claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria against the auditors of the company for failing to detect various financial reporting irregularities.
Acting for an international accounting firm in the defence of a $200 million audit negligence claim brought by the receivers and managers of a listed national retail company and its financier.
Advising a national bank, and receivers and managers appointed by the bank, in relation to a $22 million fraud against the bank, including obtaining freezing orders against various parties and undertaking public examinations of the defendants.
Recognised as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution
Listed as a leading lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Insolvency and Reorganization Law
The latest decision in the external administration of Mirabela is a reminder of the utility of the section 424 directions process for receivers, and an example of the steps to be taken in the face...
Regarding the introduction of legislation creating a stay on enforcement of ipso facto clauses: the devil was always going to be in the detail.
JWS has achieved an excellent result for the liquidators of the Gunns Group, with success in the Federal Court’s judgment in Bryant (Liquidator) v L.V. Dohnt & Co Pty Ltd, In the Matter of Gunns...