Tom Brennan

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

    Competition Law

    PT Garuda Indonesia ats ACCC  [2014] FCA 1157; (2014) ATPR 42-490 – appeared for Garuda in air cargo cartel proceedings (led by Leeming SC)

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

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

    ACCC v Link Solutions and others (No 2) (2010) 188 FCR 462 – appeared for the ACCC (led by Adamson SC)

    ACCC v Enterprise Finance Solutions & Anor (2010) 189 FCR 557 – appeared for the ACCC (led by Adamson SC)

    Public and private international law

    Lambert Leasing v QBE Insurance Australia Ltd – appeared form QBE in proceedings concerning double insurance affected by the laws of Australia, Sweden, England and Virginia (led by Sullivan QC – decision reserved)

    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

    ACCC v Air New Zealand (No 7) (2013) 209 FCR 361 – appeared for Garuda on the admissibility in Australian proceedings of communications between the Government of Hong Kong and the President of the European Commission

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

    Aviation & Logistics

    Qantas Airways v Lustig [2015] FCA 253 – appeared for Qantas to obtain order prohibiting VCAT from hearing claim in which Qantas asserted defence under the Warsaw Convention

    Emirates ats CDPP – appeared for Emirates to defend prosecutions for breach of Sydney Airport curfew (led by Boulten SC)

    AV8 Air Charter Pty Ltd v Sydney Helicopters [201] NSWCA 46; [2014] NSWCA 238 – appeared for plaintiff/appellant at trial and an appeal of claim for economic loss from helicopter wire strike

    Etihad Airways PJSC ats Hanna Farid [2013] NSWSC 591 – appeared  for the defendant in Supreme Court proceedings under the Warsaw Convention

    Administrative Law

    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)

    McKinnon v Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (2007) 46 AAR 136 – appeared for applicant

    McKinnon v Secretary, Department of Finance and Deregulation [2011] AATA 469 – appeared for applicant


    Re The Royal Commission – appeared for an interested party in public inquiry of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse


  • Publications Available for Download

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