Mr Justin M Brereton

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Justin Brereton signed the Bar Roll in 2005. He practises in a range of commercial, administrative and regulatory matters including Royal Commissions, Inquiries, commercial fraud, directors’ duties and class actions. He is often briefed to act for Government agencies in class actions and Inquiries which may result in class actions.

In 2016 and 2017, Justin was named by Best Lawyers in the area of class action litigation.

Before signing the Bar Roll, Justin was employed as a senior lawyer in the law enforcement directorate of ASIC. In that context, Justin was responsible for high profile matters across all areas of ASIC's jurisdiction, including matters of corporate finance and consumer protection. Justin also represented ASIC in the United States during joint investigations with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Recent notable briefs have included:

  • Kilmore and Murrindindi Bushfire class actions – appearing for the CFA and DEPI in negligence claims;
  • Inquiry into the CFA Training College at Fiskville;
  • Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry - appearing for the fire services;
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Abuse;
  • 2009/10 Bushfires Royal Commission – appearing for the State of Victoria in relation to “systemic issues” including the economic and safety regulation of the electricity industry, the funding of fire services and the adequacy of emergency communication systems;
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company – appearing for one of the world’s largest shipping companies in commercial disputes relating to breaches of directors duties and the tort of conspiracy;
  • AWB – acting for ASIC in various aspects of its investigation and subsequent litigation arising from alleged breaches of directors duties;
  • Westpoint, Great Southern & Opes Prime – advising and appearing for financial service providers and other professionals involved in these matters, including in claims of professional negligence;
  • Acting for various sporting organisations – advising and appearing for administrative bodies such as the Football Federation of Victoria and sporting clubs, including AFL football clubs in commercial disputes.

In addition to his work at the Bar, Justin also has experience as a non-executive director in the financial services and not-for-profit sectors.

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Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    24 January 2000
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    10 November 2005
  • Qualifications
    LLB, LLM (Melb), GDLP.

Areas of Speciality

  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity
  • Insolvency Law
  • Sports
  • Superannuation