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Ben Wilford

Senior Associate

61 2 9947 6713

Ben is a specialist in all forms of commercial litigation, dispute resolution and government inquiries. He has been involved in a wide range of matters for commercial, insurance and banking clients as well as government agencies.

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Ben specialises in all forms of commercial litigation and dispute resolution and has assisted clients in matters concerning contractual disputes, professional negligence, consumer class actions, defamation, property, trust disputes and copyright infringement.

He has recently acted in a number of high profile inquires. In 2016 he has acted for the Commissioner of the NSW Police Force and his officers at the inquest into the death of Katrina Dawson and Tory Johnson at the Lindt Café Siege and for the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust at the inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes. Recently, Ben has acted for NSW Health and Roads and Maritime Services at various coronial inquiries. Further, Ben has acted for Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Trains and the general manager of Burwood Local Council at ICAC hearings. He has also assisted his clients to prepare for Special Commissions of Inquiry, ASIC examinations and ATO investigations.

Ben has acted for clients in hearings in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme, District and Local Courts of New South Wales, the High Court of New Zealand, as well as at mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes.


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Ben's relevant experience

  • NSW Police Force

    Acting for the Commissioner of Police and other officers of the NSW Police Force in relation to the Lindt Café Siege Inquest.

  • Volkswagen AG, AUDI AG, Skoda Auto a.s. and Australian subsidiaries

    Defended one of the largest and most media-sensitive class action cases of the decade. More than 90,000 individuals in Australia sued companies in the Volkswagen Group, claiming they were misled by representations made by the companies concerning performance and emissions of some diesel vehicles. More than 11 million people are involved in class actions against the Volkswagen Group worldwide.

    Acted for the Volkswagen Group in the related ACCC enquiry concerning alleged representations made by the companies concerning performance and emissions of some diesel vehicles.

  • Roads and Maritime Services

    Acting for RMS in relation to ICAC's investigation and public inquiry into the conduct of heavy vehicle competency based assessments and RMS' outsourcing of that function.


    Advised on a variety of matters including assault, battery, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and negligence claims.

  • NSW Health

    Acts on behalf of NSW Health and New South Wales Local Health Districts at Coronial inquests.

  • NSW Health

    Act for NSW Health in large complex medical negligence litigation frequently involving catastrophic injury and, particularly, brain injury cases.

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