Peter Sise

Clayton Utz
Special Counsel Melbourne

Peter is an experienced commercial litigator known for his expertise in trade practices law, class actions, M&A disputes, insolvency and regulatory investigations. He values resolving conflicts so that businesses can refocus on their core operations. Peter regularly contributes to peer-reviewed journals, speaks at conferences and has been involved in major law reviews, including the "Harper Review" of Competition Law and Policy and the Australian Consumer Law Review. He's also an editor of the trade practices commentary for Wolters Kluwer and an editor of LexisNexis publication, In-house Counsel.

As one of Australia's thought leaders in the field of unfair contract terms (UCTs), Peter has written numerous articles on UCTs, spoken at several events (including on ABC TV), and made submissions to law reform panels.

Peter also holds an Advanced Certificate in Insolvency from the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turn-around Association.

Notable Work
  • Contract disputes: acted in disputes and court proceedings concerning leasing, the sale of businesses and a contractual claim against the State of Victoria for $540 million concerning the gaming industry.
  • Class actions: acted for Myer in the first shareholder class action to proceed to judgment in Australian history: TPT v Myer [2019] FCA 1747.Acting for Toyota in a class action concerning diesel vehicles: Williams v Toyota [2021] FCA 1425; [2023] FCAFC 50.
  • Consumer protection: acted in regulatory proceedings regarding consumer protection: ACCC v iSelect [2020] FCA 1523 and ASIC v Port Philip Publishing Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 1483.
  • Insolvency: acted for Westpac in a complex insolvency dispute concerning the liquidation of a corporate group: Re Matter of Re Holdco Pty Ltd (Administrators Appointed) (No 2) [2021] FCA 377. Acted for CBA in a long running dispute arising from the collapse of a company during the GFC: Milfoil Pty Ltd v Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd [2016] VSC 223; [2017] VSCA 256; [2019] VSC 504; [2019] VSC 734; [2020] VSCA 223.
  • Construction: acted in disputes and court proceedings concerning wind farms, offshore gas rigs and processing plants, rendering facilities and the make good of commercial property.
  • Corporate: worked on numerous M&A transactions by scheme of arrangement concerning ASX listed companies, including Crown Resorts, Toll, Link, Uniti, AWB and AXA.
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