Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Brenda is Head of International Arbitration – Australia at Herbert Smith Freehills, based in HSF’s Sydney office. She is an Australian registered foreign lawyer admitted in Washington DC.

Brenda has over 20 years’ experience in international arbitration. Her practice is multifaceted; she works as counsel on complex international commercial and investment treaty arbitration matters at both the arbitration and enforcement stages, and also sits as an arbitrator. She began her career as a transactional lawyer, and that background provides valuable insight for clients into the underlying commercial and contractual aspects of their disputes.

Brenda is member of the Executive of the Board of Directors of ACICA, is on the Council of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia), and is listed on the panels of several arbitral institutions. She is a prior co-chair of the China Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law and served for several years as Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School (Shanghai campus).

Brenda has practiced in the US, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai and now Sydney, and is consistently ranked in Chambers and in Global Arbitration Review’s Who’s Who: Legal as a leading arbitration practitioner.