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Ben Katekar SC

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - Australian National University
Graduate Diploma Law - Australian National University
Bachelor of Economics - Australian National University


Admitted to the Bar 2003

Appointed Senior Counsel 2020


Ben Katekar is a Senior Counsel at the Sydney commercial Bar.  His practice encompasses insolvency, banking, takeovers, construction, intellectual property, competition, professional liability and property litigation.

Ben worked as a senior litigation associate at Allens for 10 years before coming to the Bar in 2003.  Since then Ben has acted on numerous large and complex matters, including in the year-long trial in Ingot Capital Management v Macquarie Bank & Ors (No. 6) (2007) 63 ACSR 1, and more recently in Anchorage v Sparkes & Ors [2019] NSWSC 384, which is a complex and multi-faceted dispute arising out of the collapse of Arrium, which is listed for a six-week trial in 2021.

Ben has vast experience in strategic case management, formulation and implementation, and the effective leadership of litigation teams of all sizes.

Ben’s many strengths include his Court skills developed in numerous trials (such as Campbell v van der Velde [2019] FCA 1871) and countless investigations for liquidators and as counsel assisting ICAC (including the inquiry into Eddie Obeid and the Circular Quay leases, and into the NSW Rural Fire Service).

Since 2012 Ben has been a member of the faculty of the Australian Bar Association’s week-long Advanced Trial Advocacy Course conducted each January, as well as having represented the ABA as a trainer at equivalent advocacy courses conducted in Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.  Ben has taught advocacy and witness preparation to new barristers at the NSW Bar Practice for many years, and publishes advocacy-related interviews and articles on his website advocacyhub.com.au.

Ben was a member of the NSW Bar Council from 2016 to 2019, and was a member of its Education Committee and one of its Professional Conduct Committees.  He was a member of the Board of New Chambers from 2015 to 2019.

Ben has been recognised as a ‘recommended’ Junior Counsel by Doyle’s Guide in their Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Junior Counsel – New South Wales, 2019 rankings.

In 2020, Ben was appointed Senior Counsel in and for the state of NSW.

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Arbitrators / Mediators
  • Commercial Law See all +Close -
    • Administrative Law
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Arbitration
    • Banking and Financial Services
    • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
    • Building, Construction and Technology
    • Class Actions
    • Competition and Consumer
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Contracts
    • Corporations and Securities
    • Cross-border Insolvency
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Intellectual Property
    • International Law
    • Mining resources and energy
    • Partnership disputes
    • Professional liability
    • Real property
    • Restraint of trade
    • Shareholder class actions
    • Sports law
    • Trade Practices
  • Common Law See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Product liability
    • Professional indemnity
    • Professional liability
    • Sports law
  • Equity See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Property
    • Trusts
  • Inquests and Inquiries See all +Close -
    • Commissions of Inquiry
  • Mediator


Agribusiness, Banks & Financial Services, Transport and Infrastructure, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Real Estate,

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