Brendan Barry has conducted substantive legislative reviews and was centrally involved in drafting a broad range of laws at regional, national, provincial and local government level. These included the South African Schools Act, Higher Education Act, Skills Development Amendment Act, and the Mine Health and Safety Amendment Act. His experience in managing large projects includes one for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform that brought access to justice for vulnerable land occupiers across the nine provinces of South Africa. This included the administration of more than 2 000 cases involving more than 340 000 beneficiaries over three and a half years. Brendan has advised a wide range of public and private sector clients, including government at regional, national, provincial and local levels, major public entities, corporations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations.
He has also authored several books, including Schools & the Law (Juta), the Skills Development Handbook (Juta) (co-author), and the Law & Policy Handbook on Public Transport (Juta).
Brendan specialises in legal policy, legislative drafting and regulatory reform. His key practice areas include education and skills development law, employment and occupational health and safety law, administrative and constitutional law, and public-sector law.
He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1987 and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1989, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) Certificate from the College of Europe (2007) and a Project Management Certificate from the University of Johannesburg (2002).