Justin Brereton Portrait

Justin Brereton

Bar roll 2005 Admitted 2000
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Justin Brereton practises in a range of commercial, administrative and regulatory matters

Justin practises in commercial, administrative, regulatory and tort law and has extensive experience in matters involving commercial fraud, directors’ duties, professional negligence and class actions.

He appears in all jurisdictions at trial and appellate levels. He has also appeared in Royal Commissions, Inquires and Inquests and is often briefed to appear on injunctions and freezing order applications.

Justin regularly provides advice to both government agencies and business particularly in highly regulated industries such as financial services. In that context he regularly works directly with in-house counsel.

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, 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, consumer protection and law reform, particularly in the area of superannuation. 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation

Contact

Correspondence
Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 15 Room 1

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Credit
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Energy & Resources
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Sports Law
  • Superannuation
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Common Law
  • Inquests
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Judicial Review
  • White Collar Crime

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws

Master of Laws

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Admitted

South Australia

Victoria

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Recent high-profile cases
  • 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

Case citations will be provided upon request.

Publications

Memberships

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association