Brett L Sonnet


Barrister

Admitted:
29 Apr 1991
Bar:
17 Apr 2012
Location:
Room 214, Owen Dixon Chambers East,
205 William Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Brett Sonnet was admitted to practice in 1991 and commenced his early career in criminal law working in private practice and Victoria Legal Aid.  Brett then joined the Office of Public Prosecutions in 1998.

Brett comes to the Bar following a notable career at the Office of Public Prosecutions, where he held several senior roles including, most recently, as Crown Prosecutor (including Senior Prosecutor in the Specialist Sexual Offences Unit) and before that, Manager of the Higher Court Appeals Unit.

As Crown Prosecutor, Brett has appeared in an array of criminal matters in all jurisdictions, including bail applications, summary contested hearings, committal hearings, trials, plea, judicial reviews, leave applications and appeals.

Brett has extensive experience as a Crown Prosecutor both in the High Court and the Victorian Court of Appeal.

To date, Brett has appeared in the High Court in over fifty cases (appeals and special leave applications), including in matters involving tendency evidence, sentencing law, criminal offences and constitutional law. Brett has also been involved in several unique cases where, on behalf of the Crown, he has filed notices of contention or appeared as intervenor.

Brett has also appeared in the Victorian Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in Victoria in an exhaustive catalogue of criminal proceedings, including appeals by the Crown, conviction and sentence appeals, as well as matters for judicial review (nearly 1000 matters).

Additionally, Brett has conducted trials and pleas for criminal offences in both the Supreme and County Courts.

Brett’s meticulous attention to detail and forensic sense of inquiry is evident in his preparation of written submissions and his advocacy in court proceedings. As prosecutor, he has prosecuted many high-profile criminal proceedings.

Selected recent matters in which Brett has appeared is listed below.

High Court

  • The Queen v Bauer (a Pseudonym) (No.2) (2018) 359 ALR 359
  • DPP v Dalgliesh (a Pseudonym) (2017) 349 ALR 37
  • DPP v Dookheea (2017) 347 ALR 529
  • R v Dickman (2017) 344 ALR 474
  • Hughes v The Queen (2017) 344 ALR 187
  • The Queen v Kilic (2016) 259 CLR 256
  • Barbaro & Zirilli v The Queen (2014) 253 CLR 58
  • Elias & Issa v The Queen (2013) 248 CLR 483
  • Momcilovic v The Queen (2011) 245 CLR 1
  • Dupas v The Queen (2010) 241 CLR 237

 

Victorian Court of Appeal

  • DPP Reference No. 1 of 2017 (2018) 55 VR 551
  • Davis (a Pseudonym) v The Queen (2016) 55 VR 1
  • Tuite v The Queen (2015) 49 VR 416
  • Weston (a Pseudonym) v The Queen (2015) 48 VR 413
  • DPP v O’Neill (2015) 47 VR 395
  • Rich v The Queen (2014) 43 VR 558
  • Hunter v The Queen (2013) 40 VR 660
  • McCartney v The Queen (2012) 38 VR 1
  • Hogarth v The Queen (2012) 37 VR 658
  • Eade & Vanstove v The Queen (2012) 35 VR 526

 

Supreme Court / County Court

  • DPP v Azizi
  • DPP v Curran
  • DPP v Svetina
  • DPP v Hablas
  • DPP v Weaver
  • DPP v Armstrong & Ors
  • DPP v Tuite
  • DPP v Bayley
  • DPP v Hunter   
  • DPP v Coombes

 

Brett is reading with Dr Theo Alexander and his senior mentor is Dermot Dann QC.

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Appellate
Commercial Law
Criminal Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

Profile1

Brett Sonnet was admitted to practice in 1991 and commenced his early career in criminal law working in private practice and Victoria Legal Aid.  Brett then joined the Office of Public Prosecutions in 1998.

Brett comes to the Bar following a notable career at the Office of Public Prosecutions, where he held several senior roles including, most recently, as Crown Prosecutor (including Senior Prosecutor in the Specialist Sexual Offences Unit) and before that, Manager of the Higher Court Appeals Unit.

As Crown Prosecutor, Brett has appeared in an array of criminal matters in all jurisdictions, including bail applications, summary contested hearings, committal hearings, trials, plea, judicial reviews, leave applications and appeals.

Brett has extensive experience as a Crown Prosecutor both in the High Court and the Victorian Court of Appeal.

To date, Brett has appeared in the High Court in over fifty cases (appeals and special leave applications), including in matters involving tendency evidence, sentencing law, criminal offences and constitutional law. Brett has also been involved in several unique cases where, on behalf of the Crown, he has filed notices of contention or appeared as intervenor.

Brett has also appeared in the Victorian Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in Victoria in an exhaustive catalogue of criminal proceedings, including appeals by the Crown, conviction and sentence appeals, as well as matters for judicial review (nearly 1000 matters).

Additionally, Brett has conducted trials and pleas for criminal offences in both the Supreme and County Courts.

Brett’s meticulous attention to detail and forensic sense of inquiry is evident in his preparation of written submissions and his advocacy in court proceedings. As prosecutor, he has prosecuted many high-profile criminal proceedings.

Selected recent matters in which Brett has appeared is listed below.

High Court

  • The Queen v Bauer (a Pseudonym) (No.2) (2018) 359 ALR 359
  • DPP v Dalgliesh (a Pseudonym) (2017) 349 ALR 37
  • DPP v Dookheea (2017) 347 ALR 529
  • R v Dickman (2017) 344 ALR 474
  • Hughes v The Queen (2017) 344 ALR 187
  • The Queen v Kilic (2016) 259 CLR 256
  • Barbaro & Zirilli v The Queen (2014) 253 CLR 58
  • Elias & Issa v The Queen (2013) 248 CLR 483
  • Momcilovic v The Queen (2011) 245 CLR 1
  • Dupas v The Queen (2010) 241 CLR 237

 

Victorian Court of Appeal

  • DPP Reference No. 1 of 2017 (2018) 55 VR 551
  • Davis (a Pseudonym) v The Queen (2016) 55 VR 1
  • Tuite v The Queen (2015) 49 VR 416
  • Weston (a Pseudonym) v The Queen (2015) 48 VR 413
  • DPP v O’Neill (2015) 47 VR 395
  • Rich v The Queen (2014) 43 VR 558
  • Hunter v The Queen (2013) 40 VR 660
  • McCartney v The Queen (2012) 38 VR 1
  • Hogarth v The Queen (2012) 37 VR 658
  • Eade & Vanstove v The Queen (2012) 35 VR 526

 

Supreme Court / County Court

  • DPP v Azizi
  • DPP v Curran
  • DPP v Svetina
  • DPP v Hablas
  • DPP v Weaver
  • DPP v Armstrong & Ors
  • DPP v Tuite
  • DPP v Bayley
  • DPP v Hunter   
  • DPP v Coombes

 

Brett is reading with Dr Theo Alexander and his senior mentor is Dermot Dann QC.