Barristers

Eli Ball

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Overview

Eli accepts briefs in all areas of civil and commercial law.

Eli regularly advises and appears (both led and unled) in matters before the Supreme Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia, as well as lower courts and tribunals. His practice includes general and commercial equity, corporations, class actions, building and construction, insolvency, insurance, professional liability, property, and probate.

Prior to coming to the bar, Eli was a solicitor in the disputes team at Ashurst in Sydney.  He was also previously Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice David Ipp AO at the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

Eli has a Doctorate in Law from the University of Oxford, where he focussed on the laws of restitution, unjust enrichment, equity, trusts, and tracing.  His doctoral thesis, Enrichment at the Claimant’s Expense: Attribution Rules in Unjust Enrichment was published as a book in 2016.  While at Oxford, Eli also completed the Bachelor of Civil Law and Master of Philosophy in Law, and was a college lecturer in contract, equity and trusts, and tort.

Eli was recently listed as a leading junior in The Legal 500 2023 Asia-Pacific Guide for Construction, Infrastructure and Property and as a leading junior in Commercial Disputes. Feedback includes: "Eli is very quick at absorbing his brief and material and then identifying the issues and strategy. He is very responsive and economic with his advice and preparation work" and "His written advocacy is concise, structured, persuasive, impeccably researched, and trusted."

Away from the law, Eli is an accomplished marathon butterfly swimmer.  He is the record-holder for butterflying the Rottnest Channel (19.7km) in Western Australia.

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Perspective

"Eli is very quick at absorbing his brief and material and then identifying the issues and strategy. He is very responsive and economic with his advice and preparation work. His written advocacy is concise, structured, persuasive, impeccably researched, and trusted."

— The Legal 500 2023 Asia-Pacific Guide
Admissions and Appointments
  • Admitted to the Bar: 2017
  • Admitted in the State of New York: 2009
  • Admitted as a Legal Practitioner: 2008
Qualifications
  • DPhil in Law (Oxon): 2014
  • MPhil in Law (Oxon): 2011
  • BCL (Oxon): 2010
  • LLB (First Class Honours) (Macq): 2007
  • BCom - Accounting (Macq): 2007
Practice Areas
Administrative
Appellate
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Building & Construction
Commercial Law
Corporations Law
Equity & Trusts
Insurance & Re-Insurance
Property
Real Property and Strata Disputes
Representative Proceedings
Wills & Estates
Publications
  • Enrichment at the Claimant’s Expense: Attribution Rules in Unjust Enrichment (Doctoral thesis and book published by Hart/Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • “The Contraction of Restitution in the 21st Century” in John Eldridge and Timothy Pilkington (eds), Australian Contract Law in the 21st Century (Federation Press, 2021)
  • Advocate’s Immunity in Australia: Private Law Form, Public Law Substance(Paper presented to the Obligations IX Conference | University of Melbourne, July 2018; available on request)
  • Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd: A Casenote(CLE and CPD paper presented on request)
  • Four Fundamentals of Equitable Remedies(CLE and CPD paper presented on request)