Phone

(09) 379 7658



Ben has over 20 years of experience in all areas of family law including international work. He is equally able in diverse cases from high net worth relationship property cases to care and contact disputes about children. Ben is friendly and approachable.

In 2022 Ben completed the Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. The course is the most demanding and intensive of any advocacy course in the UK. Ben is a qualified solicitor advocate in England meaning he can appear at all court levels in England and Wales.

Practice Areas
  • All family law areas
  • Mediation and negotiation
  • Family Court and High Court hearings
  • Appeals - High Court and Court of Appeal
Memberships
  • NZ Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • New Zealand Law Society
Experience
  • Contested hearings (NZ & England)
  • High Court trial and appellate advocacy
  • Court of Appeal
  • Appointed Lawyer for Child
Reported Cases
  • Sutton (Trustees of Sutton Trust) v Bell [2021] NZCA 645
  • Sutton v Bell [2020] NZFLR 27 - High Court
  • Sutton (Trustees of Sutton Trust) v Bell [2017] NZFLR 779 - High Court
Seminar Publications
  • NZLS CLE Seminar: Gift or Loan? - 2018
  • Legalwise Family Law Forum - 2019 Drafting Section 21A Settlement Agreements: A Practitioner's Check List
  • Legalwise Drafting for Overseas Assets - 2020
  • Presenter NZLS Stepping Up programme - Barrister workshop 2016 – 2021
  • Legalwise Affidavit Drafting Masterclass - 2023
Education
  • BA (History) & LLB – 2001 – University of Otago
Qualifications
  • Admitted Barrister and Solicitor (NZ) - 2002
  • Admitted Solicitor (England and Wales) – 2005
  • Barrister sole (NZ) – 2016
  • Solicitor advocate (England and Wales) - 2022