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Ben
Petrie

Ben is an experienced litigator who is often briefed to advise in complex commercial disputes. He accepts briefs in diverse areas of law and has appeared in a wide variety of courts including the High Court, Federal Court and state Supreme Courts, including at appellate level.

Prior to coming to the bar, Ben was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation Department at Clayton Utz where he worked in both the Sydney and Melbourne offices.

Bankruptcy and insolvency

Ben regularly acts for administrators and company directors in a broad spectrum of matters.  He has appeared in the Supreme Court and at appellate level in contentious matters involving breaches of directors' duties, insovent trading claims, uncommercial transactions, and unfair preferences.  Ben has also been involved in a number of non-contentious matters in the administration process, including applications for remuneration orders and applications for directions from the court.

Insurance

Ben has been instructed to act for insurers and insureds in a variety of matters.  He has particular expertise in relation to third party indemnities, builders warranty insurance claims, and business interruption claims.

General commercial

Ben acts in commercial matters ranging from breach of contract to consumer law, property and construction disputes, and banking and finance matters.  Among other things, he has appeared in a number of cases arising out of the  Great Southern administration and group proceedings.

Equity and trusts

Ben has appeared in a number of cases, including in the Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal, involving trust disputes.  He has also appeared in the Supreme Court in matters involving claims for equitable compensation.

Public and regulatory

Ben is a member of the Attorney-General’s approved list of preferred counsel, and is regularly briefed by Commonwealth departments to appear in the federal courts in administrative law matters.  He has also acted for and against the ACCC in competition cases. Ben has particular expertise in judicial review proceedings, having appeared unled at appellate level, including in the High Court.

Ben holds the degrees of LLM (University College London), LLB (Hons), and BA/BSc (Deakin).  While studying Ben was the recipient of a number of scholarships and academic awards.

He is also a member of Thomson Reuters’ stable of authors, having published works in both hard copy and online formats.

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Contact

PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 7134
Email ben.petrie@vicbar.com.au
FAX +61 3 (03) 9225 6355

Chambers: Room 3106
Aickin Chambers
200 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Appellate
Commercial Law
Property & Probate
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Building Law & Construction Law
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Common Law
Negligence
Judicial Review
Equity & Trusts
Property & Probate
Trusts
Public Law & Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Judicial Review

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Legal Profession:
03 Jul 2009
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
26 Oct 2016

Qualifications

LLM, LLB (Hons), BA, BSc