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Ben Williams

Special Counsel
Ben has been involved in the successful resolution of numerous commercial disputes, including large disputes through Court processes and through alternative dispute resolution.

Ben Williams is a special counsel in Cooper Grace Ward’s litigation and dispute resolution group.

Ben’s experience has broadly focused on insolvency related matters and dispute resolution.

This insolvency experience has included advising clients in relation to liquidations, administrations, receiverships, deeds of company arrangements and bankruptcy appointments. He has also acted in proceedings for the appointment or replacement of insolvency practitioners, investigating and identifying insolvency related claims, examining directors and other relevant persons and prosecuting and defending related claims.

In relation to Ben’s general dispute resolution experience, Ben has advised clients in relation to breaches of directors’ duties, trust disputes, proceedings under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the various taxation administration acts, contract disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct claims, defamation, professional negligence and property disputes.

As well as working for a national law firms in Australia, Ben has worked on secondment with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and has more recently worked in-house for a firm of insolvency practitioners.

Ben has been involved in the successful resolution of numerous commercial disputes, including large disputes through Court processes and through alternative dispute resolution. Ben has acted for clients in jurisdictions across Australia, in the Federal and High Courts and has advised on matters requiring multi-jurisdictional and international engagement.

  • Bachelor of Laws – Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance & Accounting – Flinders University
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – Flinders University
  • Master of Quantitative Finance – University of South Australia
  • Barrister & Solicitor, Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor, High Court of Australia.

Areas of Expertise

Publications

Liquidator's powers of examination assigned to litigation funder

The Federal Court has recently confirmed that liquidators are able to assign their rights to examine people and to obtain the production of documents.

Australian court winds up UK company and dismisses recognition application by UK moratorium restructuring practitioners

A Supreme Court in Australia has dismissed an application by a UK company’s moratorium restructuring practitioners for recognition of a UK moratorium and ordered that the company be wound up under Australian law.

Australian Consumer Law - does statutory unconscionable conduct require some vulnerability or disadvantage?

On 19 March 2021, the Federal Court handed down a decision that clarified the scope of section 21 of the Australian Consumer Law. The Court indicated that, while exploitation of some vulnerability or disadvantage will often be a feature of unconscionable conduct, it is not is not an essential element in establishing that a party has engaged in statutory unconscionable conduct.