Peter commenced his legal career in December 2000 as a research assistant to Crown Counsel, George Tannin SC, and subsequently Crown Solicitor Peter Panegyres AM. After completing articles he was admitted in December 2003. He was appointed an Assistant State Solicitor in 2008 and held that position until he left the State Solicitor’s Office at the start of 2015. In 2008/2009 Peter completed his Master of Laws (Hons) at Columbia University in New York City and passed the New York Bar examination.
Peter was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia in 2003 and to the High Court’s roll of practitioners in 2004.
In a career focused predominantly upon litigation, Peter has appeared in arbitration’s, trials, inquests, tribunal hearings, mediations and appeals in courts of all levels throughout Western Australia.
His practice primarily involves:
- Commercial disputes, administrative law, and land compensation matters;
- State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) matters (all streams), including development, vocational regulation, tax and discrimination;
- Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) matters;
- Appeals from SAT, the AAT and the Magistrates Court; and
- Coronial inquests.
Peter commenced practising as a barrister at Francis Burt Chambers in February 2015. His most notable roles as a barrister have been to obtain an order for certiorari from the Supreme Court of Western Australia to quash a development approval: Nairn v Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel  WASC 56 (led by Martin Cuerden SC), to assist in a successful contempt prosecution undertaken by the Potato Marketing Corporation (later the State of WA):  WASC 215 and  WASC 15 (led by Gail Archer SC) and to win a cross-appeal to the Supreme Court City of Swan v West Australian Shalom Group Inc  WASC 217.
WA Bar Association, Law Society of WA, Law Access Lawyers for Refugees Network, Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia, and the Australian Institute of Administrative Law Inc.