Ben Hamlin

An Experienced Litigator

Ben is an experienced trial and appellate litigator in the civil and criminal jurisdictions, appearing in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has a particular focus on prosecutions, regulatory enforcement proceedings, judicial review and statutory appeals.

Ben has worked on litigation of all sizes, from small prosecutions to large multi-party commercial proceedings. Prior to joining the Bar, Ben was responsible for an extensive portfolio of Competition and Consumer litigation for the Commerce Commission.

Significant cases

Some of his significant cases as counsel in the competition, consumer and regulatory fields include:

Outside of this work, Ben has taken a range of cases for other regulators including:

As a Crown prosecutor, Ben prosecuted serious criminal offending on behalf of the Crown including as lead counsel in criminal trials in the District Court, and numerous criminal appeals to the High Court. Appeals of interest included Thompson v Police [2013] 1 NZLR 848 (a New Zealand Bill of Rights Act case on disorderly conduct),  Alan Shore v Police [2014] NZHC 503 (counsel error) and Landmark v Police [2014] NZHC 1280 (encouragement of antisemitic desecration of graves).

At the Commerce Commission, Ben advised on a wide range of investigations and decisions, and was responsible for a range of significant proceedings that resulted, including: 

  • A range of substantial consumer prosecutions, including the Commission’s successful Steel Mesh Prosecutions, and the Commission’s successful prosecution of Vodafone over its ‘FibreX’ campaign, the Commission’s first Crimes Act case to go to trial, R v Mehta (sentence of imprisonment upheld on appeal in Mehta v R [2017] NZCA 491), and a range of significant corporate penalties including Harmoney, Youi, Bike Barn, and Reckitt Benckiser.
  • Significant consumer credit prosecutions, including a campaign of successful prosecutions against mobile traders resulting in penalties in excess of $1,500,000.