With over 30 years experience in local government and planning law, Peter has acted for councils and private developers in almost all classes of cases in the Land and Environment Court and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and High Court of Australia.
Peter’s legal career began as a legal officer at the Department of Main Roads (now Roads and Maritime Services) where he was regularly involved in matters relating to the compulsory acquisition of land by the NSW State Government.
Peter then moved into private practice with Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King & Wood Mallesons) where he became a Senior Associate and was part of the firm’s first planning law department. During his time at Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Peter acted in the landmark case Warren v Electricity Commission (NSW) (1990) 130 LGERA 565 which involved a challenge to the validity of the EIS for the construction of an electricity transmission line from Mount Piper to Marulan. During his time at Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Peter developed strong and enduring developer clients.
In 1994 Peter commenced his employment with Pike Pike & Fenwick and has since become a highly experienced advocate. With a practice primarily focused on advising and acting for councils, Peter has acted for Ashfield and Hornsby Councils for over 20 years, Canada Bay Council for over 15 years and Canterbury Council for over 10 years. Peter also acts for Leichhardt, Burwood, Ballina and Wollondilly Councils.
Peter prides himself on always giving clear, straightforward and honest advice and has been able to retain his clients for long periods due to his unerring professionalism, fastidious preparation and tenacious Court manner. He enjoys working with James Fan in representing councils in prosecution matters and with Alistair Knox and Tom Bush in assisting clients in both local government and planning and environment matters.
Peter’s legal philosophy is, and always has been, to provide honest, high-quality legal services at a reasonable cost.
Peter was named as a recommended planning lawyer in the 2015 edition of Doyle's Guide to Leading Lawyers.