Brent McDonald Brent McDonald
Brent McDonald
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution
Associate Member of STEP

T +64 3 379 7622

M +64 27 2177 046

Specialist areas of practice:

  • Contentious trusts and estates
  • Civil dispute resolution
  • Regulation and professional discipline

Brent is a highly accomplished litigator specialising in complex, high-value civil, tortious and contractual liability disputes, enquiries and inquests.

Prior to relocating to New Zealand in 2018, Brent practised for 18 years out of leading London Chambers at 2 Temple Gardens and Old Square Chambers, with an increasing focus on high value, complex negligence claims both in the UK and abroad.

Brent regularly acted for Insurers representing clients alleged to be in breach of duty and statutory regulations, appearing at inquests, enquiries, civil and criminal proceedings while maintaining a practice dealing with a wide range of issues in common law and equity.

He was consistently recognised by the legal directories for many years, who praised his tenacity, first-class advocacy skills and success rate at trial. He appeared in a number of very high-profile cases, such as class actions concerning the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, a serious assault against an Iman at the Regent’s Park mosque, and numerous claims for and against clinicians and health providers involving fatal and catastrophic injury.

Brent also worked on significant ($40M USD) professional negligence claims in the Caribbean, and was admitted in Trinidad and Tobago as a Special Case Attorney from 2015 - 2018, appearing a number of times in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Port of Spain while still practicing in the UK.

Since his arrival in New Zealand, Brent has led civil litigation teams advising on a wide range of matters, including enquiries by public bodies such as the Transport Accident Investigation Committee, professional disciplinary matters, trusts and estates disputes, property, judicial review, professional negligence and maritime issues, at mediation, arbitration and in court at first instance and on appeal.

Brent was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000 and enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 2019, joining Wynn Williams as Special Counsel in August 2023.