Brendan is a commercial lawyer with particular expertise in providing probity advice on major infrastructure procurements and grants processes.
Brendan provides advice to government departments and agencies to ensure procurement and grants processes are conducted defensibly, transparently and accountably. He also provides legal and commercial advice on high value contracts.
Brendan works primarily with Commonwealth and Australian Capital Territory Government departments and agencies. In particular, he has extensive experience providing probity advice regarding Commonwealth grants processes and high value infrastructure procurements. Brendan also has experience providing commercial advice to Commonwealth and corporate clients, participating in commercial negotiations and providing pro bono advice to not-for-profit organisations.
Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree (with Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (with Distinction) from the Australian National University.
He also holds a master’s degree in information and communication technology law from the University of Oslo, where he submitted a thesis entitled The case for mandatory encryption backdoor legislation: Sabotaging the right to privacy or a necessary measure to address the ‘going dark’ problem?
Before joining Sparke Helmore, Brendan worked initially as a paralegal, then as a lawyer, at a small law firm in Canberra’s inner-South. He provided advice to clients on a range of matters, including residential and commercial conveyancing, wills, estate administration and civil litigation.
Outside the office, Brendan splits his time between attending concerts (the more obscure the heavy metal genre, the better), camping, hiking, collecting Beastie Boys merchandise, learning Norwegian and brewing beer. The best day of Brendan’s life was 21 June 2015, when he combined his love of hiking and heavy metal by embarking on a journey to Trolltunga, a precarious rock formation suspended 700 metres above Lake Ringedalsvatnet in Norway, to watch a concert by the Norwegian band, Shining.