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Ben Hardwick

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General Manager - General Law, Melbourne

Phone 03 9602 6897 Fax 03 9600 0290
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Language English

Ben is the General Manager of the General Law division for Slater and Gordon Lawyers. This division includes commercial litigation, class actions, probate, wills, estate litigation, criminal defence, family, commercial property, compulsory acquisition, industrial and employment law.

Slater and Gordon has a proud tradition of acting for large groups of claimants in group actions. Ben works with his clients, and increasingly third party funders, to find creative ways to fund disputes that absent a group approach may not be economically viable. For individuals considering litigation, there are an increasing range of options for funding legal actions.

Ben’s team act for a broad range of clients across a range of different areas of the law. With a team of talented lawyers spread across Australia, state of the art software and technology and in-house forensic accountants, his team is well placed to provide the highest levels of client service.


Ben is one of the most experienced class action lawyers in Australia, having acted in a range of class actions and ADR projects including:

  • Storm Financial and CBA Dispute Resolution Scheme (Consumer/Financial Services)
  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals (Securities)
  • Cranbourne Methane Gas (Property/Environmental)
  • Australian Direct Finance (Henry Kaye) (Consumer/Financial Services)
  • Money for Living (Professional Negligence)
  • Margaret River bushfires (Property/Environmental)

Ben has extensive experience in compulsory acquisition and property related litigation, having acted for hundreds of claimants in compensation claims against statutory authorities, regularly obtaining compensation for his clients far exceeding the original amounts offered.

Career History

  • 2001 Commence with Slater and Gordon
  • 2008 Practice Group Leader (PGL) and National PGL with Slater and Gordon
  • 2016 General Manager - General Law

Professional Qualifications and Admissions

  • 2002 Admitted, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • 2001 Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne
  • 2001 Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne


Memberships and Associations

  • Australian Law Council, Legal Practice Section, Australian Consumer Law Commitee