Brett has led for the Crown in numerous significant criminal jury trials, including murder, drug-offending, fraud, sexual offending and perjury. He is experienced running factually and legally complex jury and judge-alone trials and has had extensive involvement with cases that entails covert surveillance and interception of communications. Brett routinely consults with and briefs expert witnesses, including medical and psychological professionals and forensic accounting specialists.
He has appeared as lead counsel for the Crown in excess of 130 conviction, sentence and pre-trial appeals in the Court of Appeal, including on Solicitor-General appeals.
In 2006 Brett spent six months practising as an Acting Crown Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Sydney, Australia, when he participated in a professional exchange programme. Brett prosecuted a variety of matters as sole counsel including sexual violation, serious violence and aggravated robbery.
Prosecuted a four-week murder trial with four accused. Each accused was charged as a principal or party to the murder. Medical evidence led by the Crown established the deceased had been attacked with four different weapons, and expert forensic evidence was led by the defence (R v Uhrle & Ors).
Prosecuted a nine-accused, eight-week High Court jury trial involving serious drug-offending, including substantial evidence of financial analysis. The principal manufacturer lived in and supplied methamphetamine across Northland, and was sentenced on the basis that he manufactured well in excess of two kilograms of methamphetamine (R v Murray & Ors).
Acted for the Commerce Commission in a prosecution for numerous contraventions of the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003. The charges related to the defendant entering into pay-day loan contracts and longer-term loan contracts (Commerce Commission v Barry Hunt).
LLB (Hons), University of Auckland
BSc, Massey University