Constitutional Law

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Tom Brennan Areas of Practice Administrative Law Constitutional Law Employment Law Insurance & Professional Indemnity International Law (Public & Private) Trade Practices & Competition Transportation Law (including Aviation & Maritime Law) [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Qualifications Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Professional experience Tom conducts a commercial and regulatory practice with particular focus on equity, administrative law, competition and consumer law, constitutional law, insurance law, employment law and private international law. He has practised at the Bar since 2006 and possesses a wealth of prior legal knowledge and experience as a solicitor - both in house and as partner of a national law firm. Regularly appearing as lead Counsel and with prominent Senior Counsel in high profile cases, Tom accepts briefs from solicitors in law firms and in-house legal counsel, providing high-end strategic and legal advice and representation. He is commended by his clients for his detailed knowledge, breadth of experience and attention to detail. He is also highly valued for his creative and strategic abilities, as well as his preparedness to run difficult cases. The matters in which he regularly appears and advises include civil aviation (regulatory, commercial, insurance and civil liability), competition and consumer law, the law governing intelligence and security agencies and operations, public access to government information, employment disputes and anti-suit injunctions. Many of the disputes in which he appears contain a cross-jurisdictional element. He also maintains a pro bono practice. Tom appears, led and unled, at trial and appellate level in a diverse range of Federal and State jurisdictions including the High Court of Australia, Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Court of Appeal and the New South Wales Supreme Court. He also appears in tribunals, such as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. While he appears primarily in New South Wales, Tom also appears in interstate Courts. Tom often represents his clients in mediations, where he seeks to achieve the most cost effective and efficient outcome for his clients. Tom’s unique practice is characterised by his specialisations, such as aviation law and government regulatory matters. The scope of his practice and complementary practice areas assists in integrating different legal disciplines to achieve favourable commercial outcomes for his clients. Prior to being called to the Bar, Tom acquired considerable experience as a senior executive in the Federal Government, as a public company director. Previously, and as a Partner in a national law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Tom is the current Chair of 13 Wentworth Chambers and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] 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[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Selected Cases Administrative Law Hocking v Director-General, National Archives of Australia [2020] HCA 19; [2019] FCAFC 12; [2018] FCA 340; 255 FCR 1 – appeared for Professor Hocking – Constitutional and Administrative Law – are letters between the Governor-General in his official capacity and the Queen the property of the Commonwealth and subject to the Archives Act – nature and incidents of the office of Governor-General. Commonwealth of Australia v Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 16; [2019] FCAFC 25; 264 FCR 174; [2018] FCA 595; [2018] FCA 991; 163 ALD 250 – appeared for Helicopter Resources  – Judicial Review of decision by Coroner to require employee of company charged with offence to answer questions which may be relevant to the charges – scope of corporation’s right to an accusatory trial – powers of Coroner Degning v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCAFC 67 – interpretation of legislation – presumption against retrospectivity – natural justice – appeared for appellant to set aside deportation order FUD18 v Minister for Home Affairs [2020] FCA 48 –interpretation of legislation – character test under the Migration Act – inferences available reasonably to be drawn “from” Interpol Red Notice – appeared for Applicant seeking writ of prohibition. BSX15 v Minister of Immigration & Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 104; 249 FCR 1; [2016] FCA 1432 – appeared for applicant at trial and on appeal – setting aside adverse security assessment for denial of procedural fairness Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd v Civil Aviation Safety Authority [2018] AATA 2097 – appeared for Jetstar – obligations of decision maker under Freedom of Information Act to consult with affected third party – scope of third party’s right to oppose release of documents in proceedings in the AAT Fitzgibbon v Prime Minister [2017] FCA 968, 72 AAR 431, [2017] AATA 502 – appeared for the Prime Minister – scope of application of provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act when documents in the possession of the Prime Minister are claimed to be private documents of the Prime Minister El Ossman v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 636, 248 FCR 491 – appeared for Mr El Ossman to obtain first ever writ quashing ASIO’s adverse security assessment. Employment Law Pezzimenti v Rotary International (2019) 290 IR 219; [2020] FCCA 95 – appeared for Mr Pezzimenti obtaining compensation and penalties for his unlawful dismissal as Chief Executive of Rotary in Australia Tran v Kodari Securities Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 968 – appeared for the employer on a claim for compensation and penalties for dismissal of senior employee. Isaac v Dargan Financial Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 163; 98 NSWLR 343 – appeared for Mr Isaac – restraint of trade in contract for conduct of mortgage broking business Bartlett v Australian and New Zealand Banking Ltd [2016] NSWCA 30, 92 NSWLR 639 – appeared for senior banking executive 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 Insurance Marketform Managing Agency Ltd ats Amashaw Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 70; 97 NSWLR 306 – appeared for insured on claim for indemnity for rectification of service station petrol leak under environmental liability risks policy. Lambert Leasing Inc v QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd [2017] HCATrans 57; [2016] NSWCA 254, 93 NSWLR 166 – appeared for QBE in double insurance dispute – scope and operation of s.45 Insurance Contracts Act. Public and private international law Work Health Authority v Outback Ballooning Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 2;  93 ALJR 212; [2017] NTCA 7, 326 FLR 1 – appeared for Outback Ballooning – extent of operation of the Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation – effect on construction of the Civil Aviation Act and Regulations. Parkes Shire Council v South West Helicopters Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 14; 93 ALJR 607; [2017] NSWCA 312, 356 ALR 63 – appeared for South West – scope and operation of the Warsaw Conventions on the liability of civil aviation carriers for nervous shock to third parties. Mackellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd v Thornton [2019] HCATrans 188; [2019] QCA 77; 367 ALR 171 – appeal against refusal of anti-suit injunction – whether continuation of foreign proceeding becomes vexatious upon resolution of claims against foreign parties Lambert Leasing Inc v QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd [2016] NSWCA 254, 93 NSWLR 166 – appeared for QBE – double insurance – conflict of laws – Swedish policy and Australian policy – Australian double insurance clause effective Trade Practices & Competition Law PT Garuda Indonesia ats ACCC [2017] HCA 21; 262 CLR 207; [2016] FCAFC 42, (2016) 244 FCR 190; [2014] FCA 1157; (2014) ATPR 42-490; [2019] FCA 786; 370 ALR 637 – appeared for Garuda in air cargo cartel proceedings Phoenix Institute of Australia v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2017] FCAFC 155; [2016]  FCA 190 – acted for Phoenix Institute in enforcement proceedings seeking recovery of VET FEE HELP on behalf of the Commonwealth ACCC v Renegade Gas & Ors [2014] FCA 1135; (2014) ATPR 42-485 – appeared for ACCC in gas cartel proceeding[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Publications Available for Download Unlawful termination of employment must not be confused with unfair termination – a note on Pezzimenti v Rotary International 13/02/2020 The Ups & Downs of Aviation Litigation 24/10/2019 Recent Developments in Employment Disputes: Emphasising the Law of ...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Benjamin Kasep Ben was formerly an Associate Lecturer in Constitutional Law at the University of Western Sydney School of Law. He has also authored and presented the following publications: Stripping the Corporate Veil in Tax Matters (Australian Taxation Office ‘Entity Structures’ Technical Conference, 31 May 2013); Calderbank Offers (College of Law, 25 March 2008); and A Comment on Professor John Petrila: The US Supreme Court and the New Federalism: Revolution of Passing Fancy (paper presented to the Constitutional Law Section of the New South Wales Bar Association and the New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Sydney, 14 April 2005). [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Areas of Practice Administrative Law Commercial Law Conflict of Laws Constitutional Law Equity & Trusts Family Law International Commercial Arbitration & Mediation Real Property Law Tax & Revenue Law Trade Practices & Competition [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Qualifications Bachelor of International Studies, University of Western Sydney Bachelor of Laws (Honours I), University of Western Sydney Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, University of Western Sydney[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Membership NSW Bar Association Human Rights Committee (2006 to 2009) International Institute of Space Law (2010 – Present)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Selected Cases Taxation Law AP Group Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2013] FCAFC 105; 214 FCR 301; 2013 ATC ¶20-417—Whether automotive industry “incentive payments” consideration for supplies under the GST Act (led by Michael Wigney SC); Yacoub v Commissioner of Taxation [2012] FCA 678; 292 ALR 128; 83 ATR 722; 2012 ATC ¶20-328—Property development − Whether applicants partners in a partnership or participants in a “non-entity joint venture” under the GST Act; ECC South Bank Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2012] FCA 795; 205 FCR 505; 87 ATR 902; [2012] Q ConvR ¶54-780; 2012 ATC ¶20-336—Whether student accommodation a supply of “commercial residential premises” under s 40-35(1) of the GST Act (led by Jane Needham SC); Travelex Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2010] HCA 33; 241 CLR 510; 270 ALR; 84 ALJR 683; 76 ATR 329; 2010 ATC ¶20-214—Foreign currency exchange – Whether a supply of money is a “supply made in relation to rights” under s 38-190 of the GST Act (led by Stephen Gageler SC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia); KAP Motors Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2008] FCA 159; 168 FCR 319; 246 ALR 395; 69 ATR 927; 2008 ATC ¶20-007—Entitlement to refund of over-paid GST – Whether over-paid GST held on constructive trust (led by Stephen Gageler SC); Constitutional Law/Administrative Law  Commissioner of Taxation v Pham [2013] FCA 579; 60 AAR 264; 134 ALD 534—Non-publication order – Judicial review – Whether AAT fell into jurisdictional error by failing to take into account relevant considerations – Whether findings unsupported by evidence (led by Michael Wigney SC); R v LK; R v RK [2010] HCA 17; 241 CLR 177; 266 ALR 399; 84 ALJR 395; 202 A Crim R 522—Conspiracy – Crown appeal against directed acquittal – Trial by jury and s 80 of the Constitution – Whether Crown appeal infringes the inviolability of a jury’s verdict of acquittal (led by T E F Hughes AO QC); Fleming v Talagi, High Court of Niue, Action No. CV1 of 2010—Dismissal of Financial Secretary – Whether Premier of Niue committed misfeasance in public office – Whether damages available for breaches of the Constitution of Niue (led by Dr Gerard McCoy SBS QC SC of the Hong Kong Bar); Qarase v Bainimarama [2008] FJHC 241—Executive powers – Dismissal of Prime Minister of Fiji – Whether military coup d’état grounds for invoking doctrine of necessity (led by Dr Gerard McCoy SBS QC SC of the Hong Kong Bar); Commercial Law Thomson Aviation Pty Ltd v Dufresne [2011] NSWSC 864—Cross-claim brought against British Columbia company alleging breach of contract – Whether Supreme Court of New South Wales a “clearly inappropriate forum” for the determination of the cross-claim – Determining the “proper law” of the contract; Smythe v Thomas [2007] NSWSC 844; 71 NSWLR 537; (2008) Aust Contract R ¶90-271—Whether ‘eBay auction’ gives rise to an enforceable contract – Whether specific performance available; Davis v Westpac Life Insurance Services [2007] NSWCA 175; 226 FLR 285; (2008) 15 ANZ Ins Cas ¶90-132—Avoidance under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) (led by John Graves SC); Medfin Australia Pty Ltd v Rafter [2007] NSWDC 72; 4 DCLR (NSW) 272—Hire purchase agreement – Contractual penalties; Buchanan v Crown & Gleeson Business Finance Pty Ltd [2006] NSWSC 1465; 13 BPR 24,513; (2007) NSW ConvR ¶56-173—Caveats – Balance of convenience; Young v Lalic [2006] NSWSC 18; 197 FLR 27—Resulting and constructive trusts – Equitable estoppel – Tracing – Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Publications Available for Download Calderbank Offers 1/01/2014 Caldberbank Offers 1/01/2001 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...