Peter's main areas of expertise are insolvency and commercial disputes.
Peter worked as an auditor with Deloittes for a short time before doing his articles with Middletons, where he remained as an employee solicitor for a further year. He then joined Strongman & Crouch as an employee solicitor, becoming a partner in 1982. Peter joined Cornwall Stodart as a partner in 1991, where he remained until he joined the Bar in May 2003.
Peter is well known for his insolvency expertise and has acted regularly for trustees in bankruptcy, liquidators, receivers, creditors and administrators of companies. He is a member and former national chairman of the Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee of the Law Council of Australia, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Insolvency Law Journal and the Insolvency Law Bulletin. Peter was chairman of a committee which drafted the summary of Australian law relating to duties of directors of insolvent companies. The summary appears in the Insol International publication entitled “Directors in the Twilight Zone”. Peter was a speaker on that topic at the Insol Conference in London in 2001.
Peter recently authored ‘The Loan Book – An Analysis of the Unsecured Loan Elements, Proof and Recovery’, published by LexisNexis in July 2020. He is the author of the book 'Risky Business - What happens to personal assets when business fails?" published by The Federation Press in 2012. Peter also authored the chapter on bankruptcy investigations in Laws of Australia and has represented the Law Council of Australia in a Senate Committee hearing. In 2017 Peter’s book ‘Trading Trusts Explained’ was published by LexisNexis.
The articles Peter has published in the Insolvency Law Journal are:
The articles Peter has published in the Insolvency Law Bulletin are:
The articles Peter has published in the Australian Civil Liability Journal are:
The articles Peter has published in CommBar Matters (Commercial Bar Association of Victoria) are:
Some cases of significance in which Peter has been briefed are:
Peter was a member of the National Soccer League Tribunal for several years. He has represented parties at sporting and professional tribunals. Peter is a Nationally Accredited Mediator under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation Scheme. He has been appointed Mediator in a wide range of disputes. Peter is a member of the Victorian Association for Restorative Justice.
Victorian Bar Committee Memberships
Commercial Bar Association