Tom Brennan

Contact Details

  • Called to the Bar


  • Areas of Practice

  • Qualifications

    Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University

    Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University

    Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University

  • Professional experience

    Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Senior Executive Service Officer, Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education & Training

    Chief of Staff to Deputy Prime Minister

  • Membership

    Law Council of Australia, Trade Practices Committee

    Law Council of Australia, Civil Litigation Section

    Law Council of Australia, International Law Section

    Australian Institute of Administrative Law

  • Selected Cases

    Trade Practices & Competition Law

    PT Garuda Indonesia ats ACCC  [2017] HCA 21; [2016] FCAFC 42, (2016) 244 FCR 190; [2014] FCA 1157, (2014) ATPR 42-490 – appeared for Garuda in air cargo cartel proceedings (led by Leeming SC at trial and Hutley SC on appeals)

    Phoenix Institute ats ACCC [2016] FCA 1246 – appeared for Phoenix Institute in unconscionable conduct claim by ACCC (led by Harris QC). Decision on appeal reserved.

    Qantas Airways v Lustig [2015] FCA 253, (2015) 228 FCR 148 – appeared for Qantas to challenge jurisdiction of state consumer tribunal to hear federal consumer law claims.

    ACCC v Renegade Gas & Ors  [2014] FCA 1135, (2014) ATPR 42-485 – appeared for the ACCC in gas cartel proceedings (led by Fagan SC)

    Breastcheck Pty Ltd ats ACCC [2014] FAC 190, [2014] ATPR 42-479 – appeared for Breastcheck on ACCC’s claims of misrepresentations in diagnostic screening services.

    Weimann v Allphones and others [2011] FCA 537 – appeared for a class of franchisee applicants at trial

    Public and private international law

    QBE Insurance Australia Ltd ats Lambert Leasing [2016] NSWCA 254, (2016) 313 FLR 429; [2015] NSWSC 750 – appeared for QBE in proceedings concerning double insurance affected by the laws of Australia, Sweden, England and Virginia (led by Sullivan QC).

    ACCC v PT Garuda Indonesia (No 9) (2013) 212 FCR 406 – appeared for Garuda on the admissibility of expert evidence concerning the content and effect of public international law

    ACCC v PT Garuda Indonesia (No 8) [2013] FCA 172 – appeared for Garuda on the admissibility of expert evidence on content of foreign law

    QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd v Hotchin [2011] NSWSC 681 – appeared for QBE to obtain injunctions restraining the conduct of proceedings in Illinois


    Amashaw Pty Ltd v Marketform Managing Agency Ltd [2017] NSWSC 612 – appeared for insured on claim for indemnity for rectification of service station petrol leak under environmental liability risks policy (led by Sullivan QC).

    QBE Insurance Australia Ltd ats Lambert Leasing [2016] NSWCA 254, (2016) 313 FLR 429; [2015] NSWSC 750 – appeared for QBE in double insurance dispute – scope and operation of s.45 Insurance Contracts Act (led by Sullivan QC).

    Administrative Law

    El Ossman v Minister [2017] FCA 433 – appeared for Mr El Ossman to obtain the first ever writ quashing an adverse security assessment furnished by ASIO.

    BSX15 v Minister [2016] FCA 1432; [2016] FCA 230 – appeared for applicant on judicial review of ASIO security assessment and challenge to claim of Public Interest Immunity. Decision on appeal reserved.

    Lloyd Helicopters v CASA [2014] FCA 1009;  [2014] FCA 1070 – appeared for applicant on judicial review application alleging actual bias – procured judgment by consent (led by Sullivan QC)

    Employment Law

    Bartlett v Australian and New Zealand Banking Ltd. [2016] NSWCA 30, (2016) 92 NSWLR 639 – appeared for Mr Bartlett on dispute concerning termination of employment – qualification of contractual powers and discretions by requirements of good faith and reasonableness- principles for resolving conflicts in expert evidence (led by Sullivan QC).


  • Publications Available for Download

  • 10/10/2017
  • 18/03/2016
  • 11/11/2015
  • 7/10/2015
  • 1/01/2012
  • 1/01/2011
  • 1/01/2011