Brett oversees Mason Black Lawyers' national operation. He is responsible for all staff in the Sydney office, mentoring Senior Associates and supervising all complex legal matters.
Brett leads Mason Black’s Insurance department, overseeing the small claims and general matters teams. Brett reviews all instructions, assesses the viability of a recovery or defence and works closely with the relevant team in achieving the best possible outcome.
Brett initially worked for an insurer for a year before entering the profession in Johannesburg in 1995. After five years in a specialist insurance law firm he went into partnership in 2000 and acted nationally for most of the major short term insurance companies in South Africa, as well as a number of underwriting managers, insurance brokers and other risk carriers.
He brought and defended legal proceedings and provided legal advice in various classes of risk including personal lines, commercial lines, householders, house owners, industrial special risks, public liability and professional indemnity.
Brett also consulted to insurers, provided advice on policy wording, indemnity and breach of policy, and was involved in a number of groundbreaking decisions in South Africa. Since arriving in Australia, Brett has been instrumental in the formulation of legal strategies for a growing number of Australian insurers.