Ben Renfrey Partner

Meet Ben

Ben is an insolvency and reconstruction lawyer with experience in insolvency, reconstruction and recovery related litigation.

He acts for insolvency practitioners in their capacity as liquidators, voluntary administrators, deed administrators and receivers, as well as for corporate borrowers seeking to restructure.

Ben has several years experience acting in various large and complex disputes and Court related matters. He has particular experience in advising insolvency practitioners and secured creditors on insolvency related matters and insolvency recovery actions (acting for both liquidators and defendants), insolvency and other Corporations Act Court applications, general commercial and contractual disputes, judicial review applications and appeals.

Ben has acted across many sectors including in banking and finance and energy and resources. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution by Best Lawyers Australia 2019.



A National Bank

Advising the receivers and their appointor (a national bank) in relation to the receivership of an oyster growing company with approximately 100 staff and operations across five oyster farms in South Australia and Tasmania. Also prepared sale documentation for several sales of the company’s business and assets and settled on those sales.

A National Company

Advising a national company on the purchase of an Adelaide based fire inspection and testing business following its entry into voluntary administration. The sale was completed on the day the administrators were appointed.

Insolvency related dispute resolution

Publicly Listed Company

Acting for the liquidators of a publicly listed company in a circa $100 million claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria against the auditors of the company for failing to detect various financial reporting irregularities.

International Accounting Firm

Acting for an international accounting firm in the defence of a $200 million audit negligence claim brought by the receivers and managers of a listed national retail company and its financier.

A National Bank

Advising a national bank, and receivers and managers appointed by the bank, in relation to a $22 million fraud against the bank, including obtaining freezing orders against various parties and undertaking public examinations of the defendants.


Listed as a leading lawyer in Insolvency and Reorganisation Law
Best Lawyers Australia, since 2017
Listed as a leading lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Best Lawyers Australia, since 2014
Recommended by Doyles Guide for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Doyles Guide, 2020
Recognised as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (First Class Hons), Flinders University of South Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics), Flinders University of South Australia


  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Law Council of Australia – Business Law Section

Insights Read more insight

Gunns liquidators prevail on peak indebtedness, set-off and the Court’s discretion

This week, the Federal Court published judgments in three unfair preference claims brought by the liquidators of the Gunns Group. We acted for the liquidators in each proceeding.

The Liquidator’s Toolbox: A reminder of the power to search and seize

A recent Federal Court decision serves as a helpful reminder to liquidators about the potential availability of warrants under section 530C of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Angas Securities scheme of arrangement approved

On 17 May 2019, the Federal Court approved the scheme of arrangement between Angas and its Debenture Holders.




  • “Lessons Learnt during the Transitional Phase of the PPSA” – Legalwise Seminar, InterContinental Hotel, March 2014

External publications

  • “The priority of debts incurred during a trading DOCA — all creditors beware” Insolvency Law Bulletin, 2013
  • “Court approval of administrator’s fees — what to expect when the administrator’s conduct is the subject of complaint” Insolvency Law Bulletin, 2013