Ben Kates

Ben’s broad practice spans corporate-commercial, civil, criminal and administrative law.

Ben’s experience in civil proceedings includes corporate and contractual disputes, as well as professional liability and defamation matters. He has acted as both prosecution and defence in regulatory matters and maintains a criminal defence practice. He has appeared at all level of Ontario courts, as well as the Federal Court and a variety of administrative tribunals. Ben has a particular interest in developing areas of law, including online defamation and cannabis regulation. He has appeared as a guest lecturer on the topics of judicial review and international criminal law at, respectively, Carleton University and the University of Toronto.

 

Ben joined  in 2011 after clerking at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. He holds a JD from the University of Toronto, a B.A.(Hons) from the University of King’s College and an MSc from the London School of Economics. While in law school, he summered at Kirkland & Ellis in New York City and the Burma Lawyers Council in Mae Sot, Thailand. Prior to attending law school, Ben helped launch Billiter Partners, a consultancy focused on strategic risk and corporate intelligence based in London, UK. He has also worked as a journalist in Dakar, Senegal.

 

Ben is actively involved in The Advocates’ Society and the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). He currently sits as a member a large on the OBA Administrative Law Section Executive Committee. In 2017-2018, Ben Chaired The Advocates’ Society’s Young Advocates’ Standing Committee (YASC), a committee of 40 young lawyers from across Canada. He was an active member of YASC between 2012 and 2018. Ben was a member of the taskforce to reduce motion wait times, chaired by Regional Senior Justice Morawetz and helped stage The Advocates’ Society’s Civil Trials Symposium, which resulted in the Best Practices for Civil Trials (a publication cited with approval by the Divisional Court).

 

Ben is a member of the Board of Governors at the University of King’s College, Halifax, and is also a member at large on the University of King’s College Alumni Association Executive. He has been an Alumni Mentor for students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law since 2011.