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Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC

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Called: 1967 | Silk: 1985

Lord Brennan QC has been a Queen’s Counsel since 1985 and is a senior associate member of Matrix. His areas of expertise include commercial law, public and private international law and international arbitration.

Lord Brennan QC, as an appointed life peer, is active in politics as well as dedicating time to his incredibly varied legal practice. His most notable case during 2009 was the landmark civil Omagh bombing case. The outcome, in favour of his clients – relatives of those killed in the Omagh bombing – has become the first civil case of its kind in Europe in which the victims of terrorism were able to sue those responsible.

In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.

  • International arbitration- bilateral investment treaty work, commercial and energy, extensive legal and commercial contacts in Latin America (in particular Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru) and Asia (in particular China, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines).
  • Chaired arbitral panel in a bilateral investment treaty dispute under UNCITRAL rules involving Swiss investor and South Africa.
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Past member of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa and past member of its Appeals Panel.
  • World Bank – past member of the Panel of Consultants to World Bank for Latin America and South and East Asia.
  • International – advisory and litigation work in Latin America, UAE, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
  • Regular contact with lawyers and experts in litigation connected with the USA.
  • National – environmental, tort and general commercial and common law litigation with frequent appearances in the appellate courts.

Deputy High Court Judge in London 1993-2007

Recorder of the Crown Court. 1982-2007

Attended a number of judicial training courses

Corporate governance and business ethics, especially in connection the recent financial crisis

  • Involvement in the implementation and maintenance of public private partnerships internationally, including: Latin America, the Gulf states, the United States, Europe and Asia.
  • International Financial Forum, Beijing (September 2006)
  • National Conference on Corporate Responsibilities, Mexico City (February 2006
  • World Cities Service Industries Convention, China (November 2005) – Regulatory issues in emerging markets
  • Financial Conference – Liechtenstein Dialogue (October 2005) – risk management in emerging markets

Past advisor to United Nations Global Compact, acting as their UN representative at international conferences e.g. Arab Business Conference in Casablanca December 2nd to 4th 2003.

Chairman Emeritus of the Global Governing Board of Caux Round Table on Corporate Social Responsibility involving US, UK and Japanese leaders in business and banking and with world-wide contacts.

Conversant with, and involved in, financial and regulatory systems, corporate governance standards, and new auditing and accounting standards, both in Europe and in the United States and their use in the developing world.

Regular participant in conferences on these issues, in particular sponsored several recent debates in the House of Lords on corporate issues following recent business collapses and the Sarbanes – Oxley Act and the latest UK and European Union legislation.

Past involvement in a major corporate governance project for regulators, companies and business schools in the People’s Republic of China.

Extensive experience of dealing with politicians, government employees, businessmen, judges and lawyers, leading projects and working groups and producing practical and comprehensive reports both for business and legal requirements.

Special interest in business and trade in Asia and Latin America.Advisor to Kazakhstan International Financial Centre and on several occasions has participated as an expert speaker at Kazakh Business Conferences in London.

LM Singhvi Foundation Visiting Fellow to India (January 2002) – lectures at National Law University Jodhpur, Ambedkar University, Lucknow, and Indian Society for International Law, Delhi.

He has been on specialist panels with Judges of the US Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Canada, the High Court of Australia and the UK House of Lords.

He has co-operated with a number of Latin American states on development of judicial independence and training, law reform and the role of lawyers in modern society. Made working visits in 1999 to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Columbia, Peru, and Bolivia, sponsored by the British Foreign Ministry.

UK Government sponsored visit to Guyana (2002) to report back on judicial and legal reform programmes.

He assisted in official visits to the UK by Minister President Gongora Pimentel, President of the Supreme Court of Mexico (September 2002) and Dr Oscar Hassenteufel, President of the Supreme Court of Bolivia (June 2000) as well as Dr Rodriguez Veltze, President of the Supreme Court of Bolivia (September 2004), and Members of the Supreme Court of Mexico in 2015 and 2016.

He has been working on judicial reform in Mexico in conjunction with the FCO as Mexico changed its judicial system in administrative law and oral trials.

Claim arising from toxic waste incident in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Breslin and Others v McKenna and Others Appeared in Northern Ireland for victims of the Omagh bombing in civil action against the Real IRA. This unprecedented case was the first civil case of its kind internationally through which private citizens were able to confront terrorists. The families of the victims of the Real IRA Omagh bombing (1998) sought compensatory, aggravated and exemplary damages against five defendants. In an historic court victory they were awarded more than £1.6million in damages against four Real IRA terrorists. “For the first time the victims of terrorism are suing the alleged perpetrators. For the first time private citizens are confronting terrorists in our courts.”

James B Philbin & Brid McGarry v Shell E & P Ireland Ltd Appeared in Eire for landowners in dispute with Shell over new gas pipeline in Western Ireland.

Involved in Alien Tort Statute claims in Federal Court in New York.

International Arbitration: chaired UNCITRAL case involving bilateral investment protection dispute.

Advised Hong Kong/US law firms on potential Philippines claims against the US government because of environmental damage caused by US military bases.

International litigation including environmental work, in Kenya, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Philippines and South Africa.

Independent Assessor to the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Defence on Miscarriages of Justice 2001-2011

  • Past Board Member of Justice – UK Branch of International Commission of Jurists
  • Member of the American Law Institute
  • Associate member of the American Bar Association
  • Chairman of Global Financial Integrity

During 1999 Lord Brennan QC was Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales, the organisation that represents 13,000 practising barristers (specialist advocates and advisers in litigation). In 2000, British lawyers voted him Barrister of the Year. In 2010 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards.

‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance: New Ideas and Practical Applications’ in ed. Mullerat. R (2005) CSR The Corporate Governance of the 21st Century (1st Edition) Kluwer and IBA Forthcoming (2010) CSR The Corporate Governance of the 21st Century (2nd Edition) Kluwer International and IBA.

‘The Developing Chinese Economy and Corporate Governance’ (2010) China, the Way forward

General Editor of Bullen and Leake on Pleadings (19th edition, 2019) (Sweet and Maxwell, London)

Numerous articles in legal and specialist journals

Past President of the Catholic Union of Great Britain – the representative organization of the Catholic laity for public and parliamentary affairs

Vice President of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council of Great Britain at

Canning House – the Latin American business and cultural centre in the UK

Patron of Consortium for Street Children UK – Children’s work in developing countries

First language: English

Spanish fluent

French adequate

German passable

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Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC
Called: 1967 | Silk: 1985

"He has a wealth of experience."

Legal 500

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • International arbitration
  • Commercial Law
  • Investigations
  • Environmental Law and Natural Resources
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Public International Law

Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC

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Lord Brennan QC has been a Queen’s Counsel since 1985 and is a senior associate member of Matrix. His areas of expertise include commercial law, public and private international law and international arbitration.

Lord Brennan QC, as an appointed life peer, is active in politics as well as dedicating time to his incredibly varied legal practice. His most notable case during 2009 was the landmark civil Omagh bombing case. The outcome, in favour of his clients – relatives of those killed in the Omagh bombing – has become the first civil case of its kind in Europe in which the victims of terrorism were able to sue those responsible.

In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.

Legal Practice

International arbitration- bilateral investment treaty work, commercial and energy, extensive legal and commercial contacts in Latin America (in particular Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru) and Asia (in particular China, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines). Chaired arbitral panel in a bilateral investment treaty dispute under UNCITRAL rules involving Swiss investor and South Africa. Member of the London Court of International Arbitration. Past member of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa and past member of its Appeals Panel. World Bank – past member of the Panel of Consultants to World Bank for Latin America and South and East Asia. International – advisory and litigation work in Latin America, UAE, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Regular contact with lawyers and experts in litigation connected with the USA. National – environmental, tort and general commercial and common law litigation with frequent appearances in the appellate courts.

Judicial Appointments

Deputy High Court Judge in London 1993-2007 Recorder of the Crown Court. 1982-2007 Attended a number of judicial training courses

Special Interests: International Development, Financial and Corporate Governance

Corporate governance and business ethics, especially in connection the recent financial crisis Involvement in the implementation and maintenance of public private partnerships internationally, including: Latin America, the Gulf states, the United States, Europe and Asia. International Financial Forum, Beijing (September 2006) National Conference on Corporate Responsibilities, Mexico City (February 2006 World Cities Service Industries Convention, China (November 2005) – Regulatory issues in emerging markets Financial Conference – Liechtenstein Dialogue (October 2005) – risk management in emerging markets Past advisor to United Nations Global Compact, acting as their UN representative at international conferences e.g. Arab Business Conference in Casablanca December 2nd to 4th 2003. Chairman Emeritus of the Global Governing Board of Caux Round Table on Corporate Social Responsibility involving US, UK and Japanese leaders in business and banking and with world-wide contacts. Conversant with, and involved in, financial and regulatory systems, corporate governance standards, and new auditing and accounting standards, both in Europe and in the United States and their use in the developing world. Regular participant in conferences on these issues, in particular sponsored several recent debates in the House of Lords on corporate issues following recent business collapses and the Sarbanes – Oxley Act and the latest UK and European Union legislation. Past involvement in a major corporate governance project for regulators, companies and business schools in the People’s Republic of China. Extensive experience of dealing with politicians, government employees, businessmen, judges and lawyers, leading projects and working groups and producing practical and comprehensive reports both for business and legal requirements. Special interest in business and trade in Asia and Latin America.Advisor to Kazakhstan International Financial Centre and on several occasions has participated as an expert speaker at Kazakh Business Conferences in London.

International, Judicial and Legal Cooperation and Reform

LM Singhvi Foundation Visiting Fellow to India (January 2002) – lectures at National Law University Jodhpur, Ambedkar University, Lucknow, and Indian Society for International Law, Delhi. He has been on specialist panels with Judges of the US Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Canada, the High Court of Australia and the UK House of Lords. He has co-operated with a number of Latin American states on development of judicial independence and training, law reform and the role of lawyers in modern society. Made working visits in 1999 to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Columbia, Peru, and Bolivia, sponsored by the British Foreign Ministry. UK Government sponsored visit to Guyana (2002) to report back on judicial and legal reform programmes. He assisted in official visits to the UK by Minister President Gongora Pimentel, President of the Supreme Court of Mexico (September 2002) and Dr Oscar Hassenteufel, President of the Supreme Court of Bolivia (June 2000) as well as Dr Rodriguez Veltze, President of the Supreme Court of Bolivia (September 2004), and Members of the Supreme Court of Mexico in 2015 and 2016. He has been working on judicial reform in Mexico in conjunction with the FCO as Mexico changed its judicial system in administrative law and oral trials.

International

Claim arising from toxic waste incident in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Breslin and Others v McKenna and Others Appeared in Northern Ireland for victims of the Omagh bombing in civil action against the Real IRA. This unprecedented case was the first civil case of its kind internationally through which private citizens were able to confront terrorists. The families of the victims of the Real IRA Omagh bombing (1998) sought compensatory, aggravated and exemplary damages against five defendants. In an historic court victory they were awarded more than £1.6million in damages against four Real IRA terrorists. “For the first time the victims of terrorism are suing the alleged perpetrators. For the first time private citizens are confronting terrorists in our courts.” James B Philbin & Brid McGarry v Shell E & P Ireland Ltd Appeared in Eire for landowners in dispute with Shell over new gas pipeline in Western Ireland. Involved in Alien Tort Statute claims in Federal Court in New York. International Arbitration: chaired UNCITRAL case involving bilateral investment protection dispute. Advised Hong Kong/US law firms on potential Philippines claims against the US government because of environmental damage caused by US military bases. International litigation including environmental work, in Kenya, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Philippines and South Africa.

General

Independent Assessor to the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Defence on Miscarriages of Justice 2001-2011 Past Board Member of Justice – UK Branch of International Commission of Jurists Member of the American Law Institute Associate member of the American Bar Association Chairman of Global Financial Integrity During 1999 Lord Brennan QC was Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales, the organisation that represents 13,000 practising barristers (specialist advocates and advisers in litigation). In 2000, British lawyers voted him Barrister of the Year. In 2010 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards.

Publications and Media

‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance: New Ideas and Practical Applications’ in ed. Mullerat. R (2005) CSR The Corporate Governance of the 21st Century (1st Edition) Kluwer and IBA Forthcoming (2010) CSR The Corporate Governance of the 21st Century (2nd Edition) Kluwer International and IBA. ‘The Developing Chinese Economy and Corporate Governance’ (2010) China, the Way forward General Editor of Bullen and Leake on Pleadings (19th edition, 2019) (Sweet and Maxwell, London) Numerous articles in legal and specialist journals

Special Interests

Past President of the Catholic Union of Great Britain – the representative organization of the Catholic laity for public and parliamentary affairs Vice President of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council of Great Britain at Canning House – the Latin American business and cultural centre in the UK Patron of Consortium for Street Children UK – Children’s work in developing countries

Languages

First language: English Spanish fluent French adequate German passable

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