Brahma Dharmananda SC has practiced in commercial/corporate litigation for some 30 years. He has a wide ranging litigious practice (in the superior courts, the appeal courts, and in arbitrations). Brahma has been involved in numerous high profile and high value cases. He is often sought after for his ability to “cut through” to the core issues. Brahma’s more recent work has been in the areas of oil and gas, mining, construction, insolvency, joint ventures, finance and complex contractual disputes. Brahma has run cases not just in Perth but also in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Brahma has acted on a number of leading High Court cases including Leros v Terara (1992) 174 CLR 407 [Torrens title]; Forestview Nominees v Perpetual Trustees (1998) 193 CLR 154 [restrictive covenants]; Marquet v Attorney General (WA) (2003) 217 CLR 545 [constitutional law – manner and form provisions]; TEC Desert v Comm'r SR (WA) (2010) 241 CLR 576[stamp duty; mining lease is personalty]; Forrest v ASIC (2012) 247 CLR 486 [continuous disclosure; alleged misleading conduct]; Fortescue Metals v Cth (2013) 250 CLR 548 [constitutional law; validity of mining tax]; and Electricity Generation v Woodside Energy (2014) 251 CLR 640 [proper construction of contracts; reasonable endeavours’ obligation].
Brahma is a graduate of The University of Western Australia. He has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence with First Class Honours; and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. He was awarded the HCF Keall Prize in Law (awarded to the top student in the LLB); and the David De Barran Cullen Prize in Mercantile Law (awarded to the student with the highest marks in 3 commercial or mercantile law units). Brahma also has a BCL from Oxford University.
Before his practice as an independent barrister, Brahma worked at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Brahma was admitted as an equity partner of Mallesons in 1994, at the age of 29. In 1989/90, Brahma worked in Mallesons’ New York office.