Ben’s broad practice spans corporate-commercial, civil, criminal and administrative law. His experience in civil proceedings includes corporate and contractual disputes, as well as professional liability and defamation matters. He has acted as both prosecution and defence in regulatory matters and maintains a criminal defence practice. Ben has appeared at all level of Ontario courts, as well as the Federal Court and a variety of administrative tribunals. Ben has a particular interest in inquest advocacy.
After receiving his J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2010, Ben clerked for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto during the 2010-2011 year. While in law school, Ben served as Executive Editor of the Journal of International Law and International Relations and was founding co-editor of the International Human Rights Program’s Rights Review newsletter.
Ben holds a B.A.(Hons) from the University of King’s College and an M.Sc from the London School of Economics.
He summered at Kirkland & Ellis in New York City and the Burma Lawyers Council in Mae Sot, Thailand. Prior to attending law school, Ben helped launch Billiter Partners, a consultancy focused on strategic risk and corporate intelligence based in London, UK. He has also worked as a journalist in Dakar, Senegal.
Ben volunteers through Pro Bono Law Ontario. He has appeared as a guest lecturer on the topics of judicial review and international criminal law at, respectively, Carleton University and the University of Toronto.
Ben is currently Vice-Chair of The Young Advocates Standing Committee of the Advocates’ Society. He sits on the board of directors of Music Without Barriers, a not-for-profit, and is a member at large on the University of King’s College Alumni Association Executive. He has been an Alumni Mentor for students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law since 2011.
- Inquest into the Death of Jeffrey Baldwin
With lead counsel (Brian Gover), represented the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto at the Inquest into the Death of Jeffrey Baldwin.
- Grant-Kinnear v. Law Society of Upper Canada
With lead counsel (Brendan Van Niejenhuis), successfully resisted an application for judicial review of a decision by the National Committee on Accreditation to withhold credit for a foreign law degree.
- Continental Precious Minerals v. Gary (Gurdass) Singh et al.
Supported lead counsel (Christopher Wirth) in successfully resisting an attempt to block a shareholder vote at a Canadian junior mining company.
- Attawapiskat First Nation v. Canada
Part of a litigation team that successfully quashed the ministerial decision to submit the governance of the Attawapiskat First Nation to third party management.
- Co-Author, Dealing with a Deadlocked Tribunal, Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice, Volume 29, Part 3, 2016
- Co-Author, Confusion over pot laws has consequences, The Toronto Star, August 18, 2016
- Co-Author, Update on Motions for Disqualification of Tribunal Members on Account of Reasonable Apprehension of Bias: the Presumption of Impartiality Revisited, Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice, Volume 28, Part 3, 2015
- Author, The Supply Chain Gang: Enforcing the Employment Rights of Subcontracted Labour in Ontario, Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2012
- Co-Author, Application of the Test for Bias Across the Spectrum of Administrative Decision Making, 2012
- Co-Author, Tribunal Standing: New Developments, presented at the 7th Annual National Forum, Administrative Practice, Osgood Professional Development, October 18, 2011
- Co-Author, Effect of Regulator Settlements on Civil Liability: What you Need to Know before you Settle, The Twelve Minute Civil Litigator, 2011
- Member, The Advocates’ Society
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Member, Toronto Lawyers’ Association
- Member, Criminal Lawyers' Association