Brett Harding Barrister

Brett Harding


Owen Dixon Chambers West

Room 2316

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Brett practises in commercial law, and has particular expertise in property, and banking and finance (mortgages) law.

He is also a Lecturer in Property Law in the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) at Monash University.

Before coming to the Bar, Brett was the Associate to the Honourable Justices Emerton and Macaulay of the Supreme Court of Victoria, a legal researcher to the Judges of the Supreme Court, and a lawyer at Maddocks.


Brett primarily appears in the Supreme Court of Victoria in commercial, property, and banking and finance matters, and in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in retail and commercial leasing matters. 

Brett has also advised and appeared for the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner in respect of disciplinary action against legal practitioners where issues of property law arise (eg. Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Efron (Legal Practice) [2019] VCAT 1798).

Brett's Supreme Court matters include:

  • enforcement of mortgages and guarantees over land;
  • mortgagee sales under s 77 of the Transfer of Land Act 1958 (Vic);
  • fraudulent land transfers;
  • equitable priority disputes over land;
  • contracts for the sale of land and section 32 statements (eg. McHutchison v Asli [2017] VSC 258);
  • removal of caveat applications (eg. Pollard v Pollard [2019] VSC 21; Karan v Nicholas [2019] VSC 35; Super Jacobs Pty Ltd v Faalogo [2019] VSC 778);
  • applications for recovery of possession of land under Order 53 of the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015;
  • constructive trust claims over land;
  • compulsory acquisition of land under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (Vic);
  • modification and removal of restrictive covenant applications;
  • adverse possession claims;
  • judicial review;
  • appeals from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal;
  • commercial contract disputes;
  • freezing orders; and
  • receivership, winding up and statutory demand applications.

Brett's VCAT matters include:

  • landlord's maintenance and repair obligations under s 52 of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (eg. Versus (Aus) Pty Ltd v ANH Nominees Pty Ltd [2017] VCAT 859 - led by Robert Hay QC);
  • options to renew under s 28 of the Retail Leases Act (eg. Leonard Joel Pty Ltd v Australian Technical Approvals Pty Ltd  [2017] VCAT 1781 - led by Robert Hay QC);
  • occupancy costs under the Retail Leases Act (eg. William Buck (Vic) Pty Ltd v Motta Holdings Pty Ltd [2018] VCAT 15  - led by Samuel Hopper);
  • whether a retail lease was surrendered or abandoned (eg. Chantelle Enterprises Aust Pty Ltd v Sangster-Greenwood [2019] VCAT 961);
  • sale and division of property proceedings under the Property Law Act 1958 (Vic);
  • compulsory acquisition of land under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (Vic);
  • interlocutory injunctions for the possession of land; and
  • applications under the Subdivision Act 1988 (Vic).


  • Brett Harding, ‘Under the Indefeasibility Umbrella: The Covenant to Pay and the 'All-moneys' Mortgage’ (2011) 19 Australian Property Law Journal 231.
  • Brett Harding, ‘The Mortgagee’s Power of Sale: The Duty Post MBF Investments Pty Ltd v Nolan’ (2012) 21 Australian Property Law Journal 77.
  • Brett Harding, ‘Indefeasibility and the Forged All-Moneys Mortgage’ (2015) 4.3 Property Law Review 223.
  • Brett Harding, ‘Another Case of the Forged ‘All-Moneys’ Mortgage’ (2015) 89(4) Australian Law Journal 289.
  • Brett Harding, ‘Verification of Identity: As simple as it seems?’ (2017) 6.3 Property Law Review 195.
  • Robert Hay QC and Brett Harding, 'The Use and Abuse of Caveats' (2018) 27 Australian Property Law Journal 1.
  • Brett Harding, 'Notices of Action: The new de facto caveats clogging up Victoria's land titles' (2018) 92 Australian Law Journal 864.
  • Brett Harding, 'Too Little Too Late: When to a claim a constructive trust over land' (2019) 27 Australian Property Law Journal 101.
  • Robert Hay QC and Brett Harding, 'The 'Serious Business' of Lawyers Lodging and Maintaining Caveats Over Land' (2019) 28 Australian Property Law Journal 1.
  • Brett Harding, 'If Only Caveats Could Speak' (2020) 94 Australian Law Journal 489.

Brett graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Monash University.

He read with Hamish Redd. His senior mentor was Rowena Orr QC.

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