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About Ben

Ben Friis-O’Toole is a senior associate in the firm’s dispute resolution & litigation and restructuring & insolvency practice groups in Sydney. He acts for individuals and private and public companies in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Before joining the firm in 2017, Ben was Associate to the Hon. Justice N 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.  He is admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales.

Practice focus

Ben’s practice focuses on:
  • dispute resolution & litigation
  • restructuring & insolvency
  • competition & consumer law, and
  • white collar crime & investigations.


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

  • former non-executive directors of Dick Smith in litigation relating to directors’ duties
  • an individual in criminal cartel proceedings
  • the Administrators of the Arrium Group
  • a former director of Babcock & Brown companies in litigation relating to an investment in a US corporation
  • group members in a class action relating to investments in an unlisted property trust
  • private companies in oppression proceedings brought by a minority shareholder
  • a leading global alternative investment adviser in relation to a contractual dispute concerning debt financing arrangements
  • the responsible entity of a listed special purpose real estate investment trust in proceedings relating to member voting rights
  • directors of various companies in relation to a dispute between two groups of investors in large cattle stations in Western Australia
  • individuals in relation to examinations conducted by regulators and external administrators including liquidators
  • a US-based individual in proceedings relating to obtaining evidence on commission, and
  • payment-in-kind (PIK) noteholders in the Bis Industries restructure, effected under a scheme of arrangement.

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