Peter Hamilton has a diverse common law practice in injury, professional/medical and health law, property damage and general insurance.
Since coming to the bar, Peter has appeared in many trials/jury trials and applications in the Supreme, County, Magistrates' and Coroners Courts, and VCAT. Peter also accepts Interstate briefs, principally in New South Wales.
Peter's particular interests lie in intentional tort law claims, jurisdictional issues, contribution claims, evidence, privilege, the application of the Australian Consumer Law to personal injury and other complex legal issues.
In 2013, Peter graduated from the Master of Laws programme at Monash University, completing one of his subjects at Humboldt University, Berlin. Peter also studied advanced tort law, medical and health law, evidence law, freedom of information law and advocacy.
Recently, Peter was appointed a Sessional Teaching Associate at Monash University.
Peter has previously practised Interstate and overseas. In Sydney and Brisbane, Peter practised in plaintiff personal injury law. In London, Peter was involved in the most significant General Medical Council inquiry relating to the MMR vaccine (2008/09). As a Senior Associate at Wotton + Kearney, Peter instructed in several trials in the Supreme and County Courts, including Hudspeth v Scholastic Cleaning (2014).
Peter read with Άine Magee QC. His senior mentor was David Curtain QC.
Peter Hamilton has appeared in a number of jury trials, including:
Additionally, Peter has appeared alone in numerous section 138 recovery actions, general liability proceedings, medical panel appeals, statutory benefits claims and 'crash and bash' disputes.
In mediations, Peter appears regularly in all common law claims.
Peter has acted in a number of high-profile and complex cases, including for a number of education institutions in respect of alleged historical sex abuse, for a significant bus accident on the Great Ocean Road, in aviation personal injury claims and claims against the State of Victoria and Victoria Police, including in respect of a number of intentional torts.
Regularly, Peter appears also in all courts in respect of applications relating to privilege matters, discovery and interrogatory disputes and a miscellany of other claims.