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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 regularly appears in Royal Commissions, inquiries, commercial fraud, directors’ duties and class action litigation. He is often briefed to act for Government agencies and insurers 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 where he  was responsible for high profile matters across all areas of ASIC's jurisdiction and worked in the United States during joint actions with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Justin is also a non-executive company director in the financial services and not for profit sectors.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 15 Room 1

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


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



Bachelor of Laws

Master of Laws

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice


South Australia


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.



Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association