Brent Reading

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Prior to joining the bar, Brent practiced as a commercial litigator with Minter Ellison (from 2011-2013) and with Allens (from 2013-2015). Brent was called to the Bar in 2015.

Brent has a broad commercial practice with a focus on construction, contract, employment law, tort, insolvency, trade practices, discrimination, intellectual property and wills and estates. Brent’s speciality is arbitrations. He has appeared in Australia and internationally (most recently in Singapore).

In 2017, Brent was recognised by Doyle's Guide as an emerging construction and infrastructure junior counsel.  Brent is a co-author of the Intellectual Property and Probate Chapters (which are published by LexisNexis Australia).

Since joining the Bar, Brent has appeared in numerous trials and interlocutory applications before international arbitrators and the State and Federal Courts. Some examples include:

  • appearing as counsel in international arbitral proceedings (including before former members of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division);  
  • appearing as counsel in proceedings involving breaches of company sale agreements before the Supreme Court of Queensland;
  • appearing as counsel in proceedings involving breaches of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) before the Federal Court of Australia;
  • appearing as counsel in proceedings involving restraint of trade and breaches of confidential information before the Supreme Court of Queensland;
  • appearing as counsel in proceedings for various banks and financial institutions before the Supreme Court of Queensland; 
  • appearing as counsel in proceedings commenced under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) before the Federal Court of Australia (in particular, proceedings involving sham arrangements, unlawful industrial activity and workplace rights); 
  • appearing as junior counsel in proceedings regarding calls on bank guarantees before the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Brent also lectures in forensic evidence at Griffith University. He has done so since 2015.