"... an incredibly inspiring young lawyer..."
Ed Santow, Australian Human Rights Commissioner
Brendon is the founder and director of Christian Burnett Solicitors & Attorneys. He is an experienced data protection, regulatory and commercial and corporate lawyer, dual qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
He has expertise in advising on complex commercial contracts (including IT outsourcing contracts, supplier contracts, outsourcing agreements, NDA's, indemnities and a broad range of cross-border commercially sensitive instruments), procurement, tenders and bids on behalf of national and multinational private sector corporate groups, central government departments, local authorities and charities and non-profit organisations as well as small to medium sized entities.
In light of the recent changes to data protection laws, Brendon is highly proficient in delivering strategic commercial advice and implementing compliance frameworks associated with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. Other regulatory experience extends to assisting clients with matters related to their authorisation with the Financial Conduct Authority, Solicitors Regulation Authority, HMRC, Companies House, the Information Commissioner's Office, Intellectual Property Office and the Ministry of Justice.
Given his cross-border and multi-jurisdictional exposure, Brendon has worked with international agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the International Legal Resources Centre of the American Bar Association, Oxfam and others in advising governments on legislative measures designed to achieve important social and economic objectives within country.
Prior to founding the firm formerly known as Christian. The Law Firm. Ltd, Brendon was a lawyer with HMRC, the UK tax authority, where over the years he had conduct of a litigation caseload in excess of £200 million tax at stake. In South Africa, Brendon practised as a Partner in a law firm advising businesses, government departments, and non-governmental organisations in the areas of commercial law, contract law, corporate law and employment law.
Outside of work, Brendon has a genuine interest in working internationally for the advancement of human rights and has given freely of his time in the areas of human rights and development in Africa, the Asia Pacific region and in developing countries. Examples include acting pro bono for HIV/AIDS non-governmental organisations in sub-Saharan Africa, and acting pro bono for agencies such as the International Legal Resource Centre (ILRC), a project of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in advising the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in helping guide Viet Nam’s legislative response in addressing the challenges raised by HIV/AIDS in that country.