Since coming to the bar in October 2011 Ben has advised and appeared in a broad range of matters. His focus areas of practice are:
- Criminal law
- Guardianship and Mental Health
- Discrimination, Disability and Human Rights
- Employment and Industrial Relations
- Police torts
- Administrative law
- Tenancy law
Ben also appears in Coronial Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry. In 2021 and 2022, Ben was junior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
Ben accepts direct access briefs. He also advises and appears for Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Service clients on a regular basis. Ben also does some advice and appearance work pro bono, subject to his capacity and the nature of the matter and the client’s circumstances.
Prior to the bar, Ben worked extensively in the community legal and pro bono sectors, including at the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service, the Intellectual Disability Rights Service, Darwin Community Legal Service, Redfern Legal Centre and the Pro Bono Team at Gilbert+Tobin. In the community legal sector Ben practised in discrimination, criminal, guardianship, tenancy, employment and administrative law.
Ben has published a number of articles in the Law Society Journal and the Alternative Law Journal on discrimination law, employment law and disability rights. He has also written chapters and booklets for the community legal sector on guardianship and financial management law and disability rights.
Ben also taught criminal law (as a part-time lecturer) at the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales between 2004 and 2012.