Ben predominantly appears as counsel in Commonwealth courts and tribunals. His expertise is in statutory classes and administrative law.
What he does
Ben's areas of specialty are statutory interpretation and complex psychiatric claims. He represents clients on the instructions of their panel firms.
Ben also manages the Commonwealth Statutory Classes teams in the Brisbane and Perth offices.
Who he works with
Ben works with Commonwealth departments and agencies, Australian and international insurers, and large companies.
What his clients say
"Ben has impressive technical knowledge of and experience in his area of expertise with a talent for advocacy. He is responsive to client needs and provides practical and user friendly advice." Lydia Ward, Legal Counsel Self Insurance, Safety & Operational Support, John Holland
Recognised Government Practitioner - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018, 2017, 2016
Listed: Recommended Leading Workplace Accident Insurance & WorkCover Lawyer (Defendant) - Queensland - Doyle's Guide 2015
Listed: Recommended Leading Dust & Diseases Lawyer (Defendant) - Queensland - Doyle's Guide 2017
Ben has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Life before Sparkes
Ben worked at the Australian Government Solicitor in Canberra for eight years before joining the firm in 2006. Before that he was a legal officer with ComSuper, the Commonwealth Superannuation Authority.
Life outside of Sparkes
Ben has fully embraced life as a MAMIL (middle-aged man in lycra), including the mantra that the ideal number of bikes to own is "N + 1" where "N" is the number of bikes you already own.