Benjamin Smith is a senior associate in the Restructuring & Insolvency Group.

    Benjamin’s experience has predominantly involved acting on behalf of liquidators and trustees in a variety of claims arising out of insolvency situations. His experience encompasses a broad range of commercial litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on contractual disputes, negligence and contraventions of the Corporations and Consumer Law.

    Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Benjamin was a lawyer in the building and construction team of a national law firm. During that time, he worked on a variety of matters, including acting for the plaintiffs in a number of claims brought against national construction companies and major state owned corporations. He also has experience acting for a number of insurers in public liability and professional indemnity claims.

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    • Acting for the liquidator of a former ASX-listed mining company in a number of related Federal Court proceedings.
    • Acting for the appellant in an appeal to the Full Federal Court involving a significant matter of practice and procedure.
    • Acting on behalf of liquidators in a number of proceedings brought against former subcontractors and suppliers in alleged unfair preferences paid by an insolvent company.
    • Acting on behalf of the plaintiff in proceedings against a large state owned corporation following an ICAC investigation into corruption in the corporation’s tender processes. The proceedings included claims for alleged breaches of a tender process contract and misleading or deceptive conduct.
    • Acting on behalf of an owners corporation in proceedings against a national construction company for alleged defects in the conversion of a heritage-listed building to residential apartments.

    Education

    • Newcastle University, B.A.
    • Newcastle University, LL.B.
    • Newcastle University, Diploma in Legal Practice

    Courts

    • Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2013
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