BA (Econs) UWA, Juris Doctor (High Dist.) Notre Dame, FAIM, FAICD, GradCertAustMigLaw
Year admitted to practice: 2006
Year elected to WABA: 2007
Brenda is an experienced legal practitioner with a general practice focused on administrative law, migration law, appellate advocacy, criminal law, commercial law and alternative dispute resolution. She provides legal advice and represents clients in State and Federal Courts and Tribunals. Brenda is a nationally accredited mediator.
Before commencing practice as an independent barrister in 2007, Brenda practiced as a solicitor in a large commercial law firm. As a student she was awarded many academic prizes including the Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for the most outstanding post-graduate student. She lectured and tutored administrative and company law on a sessional basis at ECU and is a regular presenter at legal professional development seminars. Brenda is a member of the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal.
Prior to her legal career Brenda held a number of CEO and senior executive positions in State Government agencies including LandBank (now LandCorp), Subiaco Redevelopment Authority, Office of Industrial Relations and was the Assistant Public Service Commissioner and Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment (positions held jointly).
Brenda combined her legal career with non-executive directorships and has served on a number of Boards including the Senate of the University of Western Australia, the Legal Aid Commission, Keystart Loans Ltd and Case for Refugees (now the Humanitarian Group). Brenda is an experienced chair of Audit, Risk and Compliance committees and is the chair of the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board.
Brenda was the first woman President of the Australian Institute of Management WA and was awarded “Life Fellow” of AIM. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2014 was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame.
After many years as a litigator Brenda strongly believes in the benefits of mediation. While litigation may be the most appropriate means of resolving certain disputes; in many situations mediation can offer significant advantages: it is generally less stressful, quicker, more cost effective and importantly allows parties to resolve their differences themselves in a way that may keep valuable relationships on foot.
Through mediation Brenda offers an impartial form of assisted or facilitated negotiation which is completely confidential to the parties, assisting them to reach their own practical and innovative mediated agreements. Brenda mediates most areas of disputes except in family law.
She is a member of the Western Australian Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association, Women Lawyers Association Resolution Institute and the Law Society of Western Australia.