Brett is an experienced advocate who defends and prosecutes in a wide range of cases, primarily at Crown Court level. Brett’s calm and practical manner readily wins the confidence and trust of everyone he deals with, both at client-level and beyond. Diligent and thorough preparation ensures that his client receives the best quality representation at every stage of proceedings.
Brett has appeared in cases involving serious offences against the person including serious sexual offences; major and complex fraud; substantial drugs importations and supply; robbery and other offences of dishonesty; and regulatory offences.
As well as advocacy, Brett is regularly involved in an advisory capacity, both in anticipation, and after commencement, of proceedings. Recent advisory work has related to large-scale document reviews of material arising from investigations in Jersey and in Guernsey.
Brett regularly appears in cases involving serious criminal conduct, either as counsel acting alone or as junior counsel. Brett frequently acts in cases involving complex and substantial areas of law and evidence. He is involved in all aspects of criminal litigation, from providing advice as to charges and evidence to conducting trials and, where necessary, appeals.
Brett has extensive experience of cases involving allegations of fraud brought by the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, and the Department of Trade and Industry. Fraud experience covers instructions in significant “boiler room” frauds to “advance fee” frauds, often on a global scale. In addition, Brett has acted in numerous cases relating to conspiracies to defraud and to cheat the public revenue. Brett often appears in heavyweight and complex cases, both for the prosecution and defence. Corruption experience includes offences of misconduct in a public office.
Corporate Crime and Investigations
Brett has experience of providing advice in relation to investigations arising from corporate crime. He has particular experience of providing advice in complex fraud investigations.
On occasion, this has included large-scale document reviews regarding ongoing investigations and proceedings in England and the Channel Islands with a particular emphasis on legal professional privilege.
Brett has successfully conducted a number of appeals in the Court of Appeal regarding appeals against conviction and sentence. In addition, Brett has appeared in the Administrative Court for judicial review hearings, often at short-notice.
Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture
Through his work in fraud cases, Brett has wide experience of contested confiscation hearings and proceedings related to restraint orders. In particular, Brett has been instructed in cases involving assets held overseas with the potential complications that often arise over the realisation of such assets.
Brett has often acted for local authorities to advise and prosecute a wide range of regulatory offences, including landlord and tenant disputes, food hygiene, noise pollution, and false trademark offences. Brett also accepts instructions in other areas of regulatory litigation.
- Grade 3 Prosecutor on the CPS List
- Specialist rape advocate
Member of the Criminal Bar Association
University of Oxford, BA (Hons), Jurisprudence.
Interests include sport, current affairs, live music, reading and cinema.