He began work with Wilson Henry (one of Hesketh Henry’s constituent firms) in 1984 and became a partner in 1989. He previously worked as a solicitor with Lusk Willis & Co (later Willis Toomey Robinson – Crown Solicitors) in Napier, having begun his legal career with the Justice Department engaged on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Conviction of Arthur Allan Thomas.
Since being admitted to the Bar in 1981, Brett has practised exclusively as a litigator, mainly in the area of civil disputes. However in over 30 years of practise Brett has acted and provided advice in virtually all areas of law where clients require representation in contentious matters.
His experience as lead counsel in complex and often high value litigation problems typically associated with property, construction, commercial, corporate and transactional work complements his special interest and capabilities in insurance.
Brett’s insurance practice includes cover advice and representation across a wide range of matters, and particularly includes professional indemnity claims involving solicitors, accountants, auditors, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and other professionals. He acts for onshore and offshore insurers, brokers and insured – and uninsured – parties, both as claimants and defendants.
He also has a special interest in private and charitable trusts and has appeared as counsel in a number of significant cases in this area.
Brett is an experienced and effective advocate in the Courts at all levels, in mediations, arbitrations, and other forms of dispute resolution. Brett enjoys being able to apply his skills and the depth of his legal experience to benefit his clients. His objective is to achieve outcomes that are commercially commensurate with the cost and significance to his clients of the matter in issue. He strongly believes that while good and technically accurate legal advice is important, an effective lawyer must couple that with tactical and strategic insight, an understanding of client concerns and objectives and, above all, sound judgment to deliver results.