Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • General Insurance
  • Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Builders Warranty
  • Industrial Special Risk
  • Contractors All Risk

Brett Weir

Senior Consultant LLB, BCom

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8687 7310

Brett has worked in insurance litigation since 1979. He was a founding partner of Connery & Partners in 1988.

Brett has acted on behalf of insurers in all jurisdictions in Victoria and also interstate. His expertise includes defence of public and product liability, fire and property, industrial special risks and contractors all risk insurance matters.

His clients comment on his pragmatic commercial approach to litigation, and that he is ‘equally talented in formulating and delivering a fierce legal strategy.’

Relevant experience

  • Acting for the insurer of Vic Rail in defence of a claim alleging sparks from the flue of a diesel engine which caused various fires along the train route
  • Acting for the manufacturer of a confectionery agent supplier of honeycomb contaminated by metal fragments
  • Acting for a builders’ warranty insurer in defence of numerous claims in the Domestic Building List at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal
  • Acting for the insurer of a manufacturer of allegedly defective asphalt supplied to a number of municipalities
  • Acting for the insurers of builders / contractors in defence of property damage claims and recovery actions
  • Acting for the insurer in a successful $2 million recovery claim involving the collapse of a factory roof
  • Acting for a Netherlands insurer of worldwide supplier of polypropylene resins in the defence of a Supreme Court action by the manufacturer of membranes alleging the resin caused degradation of the membranes. The claim settled for a sum less than the plaintiff’s costs.

Brett has been ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia reports published annually by the Australian Financial Review since 2020.

Published Articles

Work Health and Safety Update

Legal Directions

DPP v CLM Infrastructure Pty Ltd [2017] VCC 192 (3 March 2017) The defendant, CLM Infrastructure Pty Ltd (‘CLM’), pleaded guilty…

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Contribution and the moving feast

Legal Directions

Griffin v VWA & Ors [2016] VSC 101 (23 March 2016) Background The plaintiff, employed as a fitter/supervisor, allegedly injured his…

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Occupiers Liability Update Victoria

Legal Directions

Ernst v McRoss & Anor [2015] VCC 1754 (9 December 2015) Introduction The recent judgment in Ernst v McRoss & Anor…

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Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association