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Benjamin Coleman (Ben)


  • BA majoring in English Literature (Victoria University, Wellington) 1997
  • LLB (Victoria University, Wellington) 2000
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Member of the Property Law Section of NZLS


Ben joined the firm after working in the United Kingdom and was invited into the partnership in 2010.

Ben has a broad range of experience in a wide variety of commercial, property, rural, environmental, media and local government matters. Ben's clients include local authorities, many small to medium businesses in the Waitaki, local and international families, and primary industry sector companies whom he aims to advise in a thorough, conscientious and relevant way.

Having previously worked for a major international firm in London, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Ben brings a commercially sound and robust approach to his clients' work. Ben has a large local government practice and is retained to advise on a diverse range of matters including infrastructure development, drafting of legislation, acquisition & disposal of assets and procurement. He has also developed comprehensive knowledge and skills in property and commercial law, and thrives on providing clients with practical and streamlined solutions to often demanding issues in these areas.

Ben's work has included acting for a local authority in having legislation passed allowing it the potential to develop a significantly high value area of harbour land, acting for a number of very successful joint venture equity syndicates in the primary industry sector and advising many businesses on aquisitions.

Having arrived from Wellington, Ben is now becoming a respected member of the Waitaki community and served on the board of directors of the Highlanders Super Rugby Franchise leading up to and during the team's inaugural Super Rugby Championship. He is also the Vice President and a Life Member of the Oamaru Cricket Club and took a leading role in organising the club's historic 150th anniversary celebrations. He captained the club's senior side for many years and is the NZ Cricket Code of Conduct Commissioner for North Otago. He also served six years as Vice President of the Excelsior Rugby and Associated Sports Club, as trustee of the Waitaki District Community House Trust and on the board of the North Otago Cricket Association. Ben is retained by many community organisations such as the Kakanui Offshore Fishing Club, Waitoa Park Golf Club and the Oamaru Wine & Food Festival.

Away from the office Ben is a passionate local sports follower and Highlanders supporter, a contributor of feature columns to the Oamaru Mail and an avid skier who particularly enjoys the beautiful landscapes of the South Island. He also has an interest in European and American history, travelling and attending theatre at the Oamaru Opera House. Ben also savours spending family time with his wife Clare and young children.

Contact Ben by email: benc@deanlaw.co.nz