Ben Ihle is a highly skilled advocate who regularly advises and appears on behalf of athletes, teams, sports organisations (including NSOs and world peak bodies) and government bodies in all manner of sports-related disputes.
Ben’s practice in sports law has taken him to appear in cases before Australian state and federal courts, as well as in contractual and statutory tribunals, before the FINA Anti-Doping Committee and in arbitrations before the ordinary and appeals divisions of the CAS.
He is well versed in international arbitrations, in anti-doping disputes under the WADA Code and in disciplinary (on and off-field) and selection disputes. In 2016, the Australian Olympic Committee included Ben among a panel of lawyers to assist with Olympic selection appeals in the lead-up to the Rio games.
In October 2016, Ben was appointed by Cricket Australia to be its Code of Conduct Commission Counsel.
Ben currently serves as a member of the Football Federation of Victoria Disciplinary and Appeals Tribunal. From time to time he also sits as a tribunal member (including as Chairman) in ad hoc tribunals for a variety of sports.
As the deputy chairperson of the sports law section of the Victorian Bar, Ben oversees a portfolio that is responsible for coordinating requests for pro bono assistance in sport-related matters.
He has also lectured to both undergraduate and graduate students in sports law and sports management courses.
Ben is a member of both the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) and the Sports Lawyers' Association (SLA) of America.
Other than in sports-related disputes, Ben maintains a broad practice in several areas of commercial, regulatory and common law.
WWL says: Ben Ihle is described by peers as “the best anti-doping barrister in Australia”.
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