B.Com, LL.B (UNSW); LLM (Sydney)
Qualifications & Background
- Master of Laws (University of Sydney).
- Bachelor of Laws (University of NSW).
- Bachelor of Commerce (University of NSW).
- Accredited by Law Society of New South Wales in Commercial Litigation.
- Admitted as a Solicitor.
Expertise & Experience
Brett worked at Freehills and Packer and Austin before joining Stewart Levitt in 2002.
Specialising in major commercial litigation including Class Actions, Brett has successfully represented large financial institutions and corporations as well as smaller litigants in claims against such bodies.
Brett performs with discipline and industry and is adept in organising and managing a team in the conduct of major litigation.
He had primary conduct of the bitterly contested Richards v Macquarie Bank Class Action proceedings which arose out of the collapse of Storm Financial Ltd, both at trial and during the settlement approval process. He has also lead and coordinated the Levitt Robinson team acting for the Administrator of the $82.5 Million settlement fund.
Brett has also successfully taken the primary role in documenting, and securing Court approval of, the settlement of the Lee v Bank of Queensland Class Action proceedings , which also arose out of the collapse of Storm Financial.
Apart from the Storm Financial Class Actions, his successes include taking on the Reserve Bank of Australia under the Trade Practices Act, Sunland over the Palazzo Versace Development on the Gold Coast and in proceedings against the Fujitsu Corporation over defective hard drives.
Brett has had the successful conduct of many interesting and complex matters including:
- Lee v Bank of Queensland Limited  FCA 1376 (16 December 2014)
- Richards v Macquarie Bank Limited (No 5)  FCA 1442 (13 December 2013)
- Cassis & Anor v Kalfus (No 2)  NSWCA 315 (20 September 2004)
- Permfox Pty Ltd, in the Matter of Chase v Official Receiver for the Bankruptcy District of New South Wales  FCA 1564
- Miller v Jones  NSWCA 467 (17 December 1999)
- Peter Sykes & Ors v Reserve Bank of Australia  FCA 1405 (6 November 1998)