Brett practises in commercial law, and has particular expertise in property, banking and finance (mortgages) and compulsory land acquisition law.
He is also a Lecturer in Property Law in the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) at Monash University.
Before coming to the Bar, Brett was Associate to the Honourable Justices Emerton and Macaulay of the Supreme Court of Victoria, a legal researcher to the Judges of the Supreme Court, and a lawyer at Maddocks.
Brett primarily appears in the Supreme Court of Victoria in commercial, property, and banking and finance matters, and in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in retail and commercial leasing matters. Brett also appears in compulsory land acquisition cases in the Supreme Court and VCAT.
Brett's Supreme Court matters include:
Brett's VCAT matters include:
Brett has also advised and appeared for the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner in respect of disciplinary action against legal practitioners where issues of property law arise (eg. Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Efron (Legal Practice)  VCAT 1798).
While Brett worked for Justice Emerton, her Honour regularly heard judicial review applications, appeals on a question of law from lower courts and tribunals, and land valuation disputes. He also coordinated one of the Court’s specialist lists – the Valuation, Compensation and Planning List.
Brett has published significant papers in several prominent law journals, such as the Australian Property Law Journal and the international Property Law Review. Brett’s analysis was adopted in the leading property law textbook Sackville and Neave Australian Property Law and other major academic articles.
Brett graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Monash University.
He read with Hamish Redd. His senior mentor was Rowena Orr QC.