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Manny Brennan 


Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts
Accredited Specialist – Criminal Law

Professional Memberships

Admitted in the Supreme Court of Victoria
Law Institute of Victoria

Manny graduated from the University of New South Wales with Honours in 2014, and excelled particularly in the areas of Criminal and Human Rights Law. While still a student, Manny worked for the defence team of Mustapha Badreddine, one of five people charged with terrorism offences at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. He also completed research stints with Professors from the University of Amsterdam and for the Oxford International Criminal Law Database.

Shortly after being admitted to practice, he joined Emma Turnbull Lawyers in 2015, and immediately began to hone his skills as a solicitor advocate. In 2017 Manny was promoted to a Senior Lawyer position within the firm, and in 2019 he was recognized as a Doyle’s Guide rising star in criminal law.

In 2020 he was acknowledged as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law with the Law Institute of Victoria, and in 2021 he was promoted to partner at Emma Turnbull lawyers.

Manny is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria, and has built up over many years an array of advocacy experiences. He appears in all Court jurisdictions, and examples of the kinds of complex matters that he has recently appeared in as solicitor-advocate are as follows:

  • Multi-day committal hearings;
  • Appeals against sentence in the County Court;
  • County and Supreme Court plea hearings;
  • County and Supreme Court bail applications;
  • Section 198B pre-trial cross-examination of witnesses in the County Court;
  • Appearing as junior counsel in criminal trials in the County Court;
  • Review of supervision order matters under the Serious Offenders Act in the County Court.

Manny has expanded his advocacy work in recent years with appearances on behalf of witnesses in Royal Commission Public Hearings, supplementing this important advocacy work with detailed and complex written submissions.

Manny has also had carriage of a number of high-profile Supreme Court and Court of Appeal matters, and has secured excellent outcomes for his clients in these matters.

Prior to being a solicitor, Manny gained extensive experience working at a variety of community legal centres in Sydney and Melbourne. The skill he has in developing rapport and trust in clients is matched by a total dedication to his work and a keen eye for detail.