Vale – The Honourable Peter Vickery QC


Bar Roll No: 1382

It is with regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of Peter Vickery QC on 25 April 2022. He was 72 years old.

Peter attended Melbourne Grammar School where he was Captain of the School. He completed his law degree at Melbourne University in 1971. Peter served articles of clerkship with Hugh Graham of Madden, Butler, Elder & Graham and was admitted to practice in August 1973.

In 1974 he travelled to London from where he subsequently graduated from the University of London (Kings College) with a Masters of Law degree. Peter completed a summer program at The Hague Academy of International Law, then returned to Melbourne and taught in the Legal Studies Department at La Trobe University from 1975 – 1977.

He signed the Bar Roll in March 1978 and read with the Honourable Michael Black QC. Peter had 5 readers. Peter was appointed Silk in December 1995 and as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in May 2008 and retired on 8 May 2018.

In 30 years at the Victorian Bar Peter developed a wide-ranging practice in trial and appellate jurisdictions, in all areas of commercial and administrative law, focusing on engineering and construction law. 

Whilst a member of the Supreme Court, Peter established and managed the Technology, Engineering and Construction List (TEC List). He developed the “Red Crest” electronic case management system, and in 2014 he was appointed to manage the Intellectual Property List and was a Judge of the Commercial Court. 

After retirement from the Supreme Court, Peter relocated to Sydney and was appointed as an occasional lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney in Construction and “Law and Technology”. 

Peter was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).

A memorial service for Peter will be held at St Johns Anglican Church in Toorak on 12 May at 3:00pm.

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