Obituary & Celebration - Peter John Davis



It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death, believed to have been Monday 2 October 2017, of Peter John Davis. Peter was just short of his 63rd birthday (born 16 October 1954).

Peter was educated at Scotch College and at the University of Melbourne – LL B. (1978)

He served Articles with Geoffrey Croxford at what was then Kenna Croxford & Co, and was admitted to practice in May 1979. He remained with the firm as a Solicitor and was very quickly made an Associate in the firm in September 1980.

Peter came to the Bar in the September 1981 Readers Course and read with Ramon Lopez. He signed the Bar Roll in November 1981 and practised for more than 35 years.

In his early years at the Bar he practised in Criminal Law as well – but he came to specialize and practise exclusively in Family Law and built up a very significant Family Law practice.

Peter was a fearless advocate for his client; a man of courage who fought gallantly the battles and struggles in his life.

He served on the Bar Readers Course Committee for 6 years – from 1989/90 to 1994/95; and he himself had four Readers: Sylvia Maramis, Ewan Hall, Brian Tierney and Andrew Barbayannis.

He was a highly accomplished snow-skier, and skied both in Australia and overseas; also, a highly accomplished wind-surfer.

There is to be a Celebration of Peter’s Life on Wednesday 1 November 2017 from 5 pm to 7 pm in the Essoign Club to which members of the Legal Profession are invited.

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