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About Ben

Ben Friis-O’Toole is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution & litigation practice group in Sydney. He acts for individuals and private and public companies in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular experience in director defence work.

Ben is recognised as a leading dispute resolution and litigation lawyer by Best Lawyers® International and Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Before joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Ben was Associate to the Hon. Justice Perram, Federal Court of Australia and a lawyer in the disputes & investigations and restructuring & insolvency teams at Allens, where he spent six months on secondment in the Regulatory Response team at a leading Australian trading bank. Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Law (Hons) from the University of Cambridge.

Practice focus

Ben’s practice focuses on:

  • dispute resolution & litigation
  • white collar crime & investigations
  • restructuring & insolvency, and
  • competition & consumer law.

“Ben is fantastic to work with. He is across the detail and approaches all of his work in a practical and commercial way.”

Client quote, Legal 500 Asia Pacific


Ben has acted for individuals and private and public companies in a wide range of matters, including:

  • directors of Star Entertainment Group Limited: in proceedings commenced by ASIC relating to directors’ duties
  • directors of Star Entertainment Group Limited: in the inquiry into The Star’s suitability to hold a NSW casino licence
  • the former CEO of Deutsche Bank Australia: in criminal cartel proceedings brought by the CDPP/ACCC against ANZ, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and six individuals
  • former non-executive directors of Dick Smith: in proceedings relating to directors’ duties
  • a former director of NUIX: in relation to class actions commenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • a former director of Babcock & Brown companies: in litigation relating to an investment in a US corporation
  • various individuals: in examinations conducted by regulators and external administrators
  • the Liquidators of GetSwift
  • the Administrators of Arrium
  • Honda Australia: in consumer law proceedings brought by the ACCC
  • a private company: in oppression proceedings
  • a global alternative investment adviser: in relation to a contractual dispute concerning debt financing arrangements
  • the responsible entity of a listed REIT: in proceedings relating to member voting rights
  • various companies: in creditors and members schemes of arrangement, including the ELMO and Bis Industries schemes
  • a US-based individual: in proceedings relating to obtaining evidence on commission, and
  • pro bono for various individuals alongside the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

Ben has also acted for various individuals and companies in a wide range of other matters, including in relation to regulatory and criminal investigations, contractual and other disputes, external administrations and restructurings, M&A transactions, and regulatory approval processes.

'One to Watch' for Litigation

Best Lawyers® International guide

Awards & recognition

Ben is recognised as a leading lawyer by international guides to lawyers and law firms, including:

  • Best Lawyers® International: Litigation
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Dispute Resolution: Litigation

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