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Justice Brereton was appointed as a part-time Commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission on 1 June 2016 and took up the position of Deputy Chairperson on 1 July 2016. Justice Brereton was appointed to the NSW Court of Appeal in 2018, having been a Supreme Court judge since 2005. He worked as a barrister from 1987 to 2005. Justice Brereton is currently a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal and has held several positions within the Army Reserve since 1994. Justice Brereton was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (Military Division) in 2010 and was awarded the Reserve Force Decoration in 1995.