Peter Brereton SC

Silk 2009
Call 1997
Phone +61 2 8239 0239


Peter Brereton is an experienced commercial silk and has been recognised as one of the country's leading barristers in dispute resolution matters by Chambers & Partners.

He appears in superior courts and tribunals around the country, conducting both trials and appeals. He appears for and advises many leading companies and government instrumentalities, including Optus, Vodafone, Facebook, Google, Apple, BHP, Grant Thornton, Westpac, CBA, Hancock Prospecting, Qantas, Transgrid, the National Competition Council, Toyota, Volkswagen, Consolidated Press Holdings and Tabcorp.

CV available on request.


Chambers & Partners Guide 2023 - Band 1 in Dispute Resolution, Band 2 in Competition and Antitrust - "'He's a very, very capable leading commercial silk', provides one source, including the praise: 'He's very clever and has the complete respect of the court'."

Chambers & Partners Guide 2022 - Band 1 in Dispute Resolution, Spotlight Table for Competition and Antitrust - "Peter maintains a highly versatile and varied practice, covering the fullest range of first-instance and appellate cases, undertaken for some of Australia's highest-profile companies and embracing a noted competition law capability. Identified by one interviewee as 'one of the very best silks in the country,' he draws praise from another as a 'very quietly spoken but very persuasive advocate,' the same source adding: 'Judges really listen to him.'"

Chambers & Partners Guide 2021 – Band 1 in Dispute Resolution - "identified by one commentator as 'one of the leading silks in Sydney and, indeed, Australia,' and his exceptionally versatile commercial practice has lately seen him appearing in some of Australia's highest-profile disputes. He attracts praise for a variety of enviable qualities, one source citing his 'high level of engagement with strategy and detail,' another his 'excellent relationship with the Bench,' while a third places him 'at the top of his game' and calls him 'a go-to for the most complex and client-sensitive matters.'"

Chambers & Partners Guide 2020 – Band 1 in Dispute Resolution - "high level of engagement with both strategy and detail," "assured manner in court," "very thoughtful, considered advocacy," "a go-to SC for competition and consumer matters" and "he is great in all respects – both on his feet and in the ease with which he deals with solicitors and clients."

Doyles Guide – 2015 – 2021 (NSW) – Leading Commercial and Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel

Doyles Guide – 2017 - 2020 (Australia wide) – Preeminent Competition Law Counsel

Legal 500 Guide – 2023 (Australia wide) – Tier 1 Leading Silk in Crime and Regulatory (Including White-Collar Crime), Tier 1 Leading Silk in Commercial Disputes, Tier 2 Leading Silk in Competition