Brett Thorneycroft


With almost 30 years experience providing legal advice on major projects, mergers and acquisitions and complex contractual documentation, Brett is among the highest echelon of Australian M&A transactional and commercial practitioners. His expertise in the field of corporate law has been recognised in Best Lawyers Australia and Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

Brett has particular expertise in managing complex transactions, due diligence and the drafting of sale/purchase documents and has acted in many significant transactions, often involving national and international entities. He also provides general commercial advice and guidance in relation to the preparation and review of a wide variety of contractual documentation and the handling of regulatory issues.

Brett's Expertise

Corporate & Commercial



Family Business

International Business


Energy & Resources

Health & Aged Care

Start-ups & Emerging Enterprises

What Clients Say

Recently, Brett Thorneycroft and his M&A team assisted us with securing a large project involving the acquisition of multiple assets, transfer of staff and ongoing management and licencing agreements. AV&M’s client was a large international investment fund, and the commercial documentation and interactions with the various parties involved with the project were complex. This project involved work that was fast-paced, complex and technical. From the outset, Brett and his team provided exceptional service and worked tirelessly to meet tight deadlines and changing circumstances. This often involved late nights and weekend work, all of which was completed efficiently and effectively. Brett’s skills, experience and counsel were of great value and with the support from his team, assisted us in successfully completing the transaction. AV&M has worked with the DW Fox Tucker team for many years on a range of matters including commercial, tax, property, employment, workers compensation and IP and we would have no hesitation in recommending DW Fox Tucker to anyone looking for trusted legal advisors.

Matt Alexander
Director - Advanced Viticulture & Management
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We were very impressed by the professionalism, expertise, and team leadership qualities that Brett demonstrated in servicing our ongoing needs during our critical transaction. The transaction was the culmination of 30 plus years of hard work by myself and the Levett Engineering team in growing a South Australian company that supplied complex components to large US defence primes in the Aerospace sector. Brett’s experience ensured that all the legal issues were taken care of while operating in conjunction with the Corporate Finance, Tax and Accounting teams. His ability to engage our team in a respectful and collaborative manner ensured sophisticated legal advice was easily understood so a clear path could be agreed upon to achieve the best possible outcome. Brett and his team worked tirelessly to deal with the complex issues that cropped up during the transaction, and always ensured they were readily accessible to answer any queries. Their responsiveness and efficiency in communications and correspondence was first-class and in conjunction with their professional and practical approach, reassured us that our commercial objectives would always be achieved. It was an absolute pleasure for us to work with Brett and his team throughout this long and quite complex sale process, and we have no hesitation in recommending him and DW Fox Tucker’s M&A team to others aspiring to sell their business.

Paul Levett
Ambassador (Previously Managing Director) - Levett Engineering
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I decided to seek the advice of DW Fox Tucker’s specialist agribusiness team to assist with a complex commercial agreement. The agreement was going to be critical in opening our business to new sources of revenue, and it would cement our position as a market leader for years to come. From the very first meeting, I was very impressed with their knowledge of the grain industry and the professionalism they displayed in handling this matter. Brett and Victoria took the time to understand every aspect of my business and what I needed to achieve from this agreement. They were responsive, efficient and respectful - working with me every step of the way to achieve a terrific outcome. After such a great experience, I’ll have no hesitation in appointing DW Fox Tucker as my legal advisors for future legal matters.

Simon Koch
Operations Manager - Dublin Clean Grain
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DOYLESGUIDE-LOGO2_000Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession Listing:

Corporate Lawyers – South Australia, 2012 & 2015

Leading Corporate & Commercial Lawyer – Adelaide, 2016

Best Lawyers in Australia Listings:
Corporate/Governance, Since 2009
Mergers & Acquisitions, Since 2009


Australian Institute of Company Directors – Affiliate Member

Australian Venture Capital Association

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