Ben was admitted to practice in 2001. He was appointed a partner in 2008. Ben is an excellent lawyer, highly regarded in tax circles, a former state chair of the Tax Institute of Australia and a consummate adviser on private wealth and estate planning.
Ben has a wide range of experience in corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular focus on taxation and revenue. He also practises in franchising and intellectual property matters. Ben has extensive experience in preparing various types of commercial contracts including business sale agreements, share purchase agreements, standard terms, partnership agreements and other documents.
He advises on all aspects of taxation and revenue law, including in the context of sales of businesses, restructures and other corporate transactions.
In particular, Ben has advised various entities on pay-roll tax issues in relation to grouping, treatment of contractors and implications of having employees in other jurisdictions. Ben also advises extensively on stamp duty and land tax matters, including making applications for ex gratia relief, and advising in relation to the application of the land rich and land holder rules.
Ben assists clients with ATO and revenue office audits, has prepared and lodged Notices of Objections, applications for private rulings, and has conducted negotiations regarding various tax issues with both the ATO and RevenueSA.
Ben is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and a fellow of the Tax Institute. He is a former state chair of the Tax Institute of Australia, and its South Australian Education Committee.
Ben is a Chartered Tax Adviser with the Tax Institute of Australia.