Peter is an experienced commercial litigator with particular knowledge of trade practices law, insolvency and regulatory investigations. He believes litigation is about resolving conflicts so that a business can remain focused on what matters: its business. 

This requires understanding the objectives, histories and personalities of all stakeholders and that a win does not always come from a court's judgment. 

Peter also believes that in a world of continuously changing legal regulation, it's essential to have an understanding of where laws orginated and where they are headed – a belief that has led him to writing regularly for peer-reviewed journals, working on both the "Harper Review" of Competition Law and Policy and the Australian Consumer Law Review, and being an editor of Wolters Kluwer CCH's trade practices commentary. As a strong communicator, Peter regularly speaks on legal topics, including on The Business on ABC TV.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Myer: Peter is acting for Myer in defending a shareholder class action in the Federal Court involving alleged contraventions of continuous disclosure obligations under the Corporations Act and misleading or deceptive conduct regarding the financial performance of Myer in FY15.

Myer: Peter acted for Myer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in a multi-million dollar dispute concerning its Chadstone store and is continuing to act in the Court of Appeal.

Tatts Group: Peter acted for Tatts Group in a $A540.5 million dispute with the State of Victoria relating to its gaming machine business which progressed all the way to the High Court.

Tatts Group: Peter acted in a multi-million dollar dispute for Tatts Group in the Supreme Court of Victoria and Court of Appeal in relation to a levy imposed by the State of Victoria on Tatts Group's gaming machine business.

Tatts Group: Peter acted for a subsidiary of Tatts Group in a dispute in the Supreme Court of Victoria concerning the installation and maintenance of gaming machines across Victoria.

Tatts Group: Peter acted for the lotteries business of Tatts Group in a proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria concerning a lost lottery ticket worth $3.3 million.

TechnipFMC: Peter acted for multinational engineering business, TechnipFMC, in a Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding relating to an offshore gas drilling and processing project.

Symbion Health: Peter acted for Symbion Health in a dispute in the Supreme Court of Queensland concerning a national training program for its Mayne Logistics Armaguard business.

Regis Aged Care: Peter acted for Regis in a proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria concerning the sale of an aged care facility. 

Marke v Victoria Police: Peter acted in the Victorian Court of Appeal proceeding of Marke v Victoria Police, which was one of the most significant Freedom of Information cases in Victorian history. 

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Competition

Peter acted for a financial institution which was investigated by the European Commission concerning alleged cartel conduct.

Peter assisted an ASX-listed company in relation to potential proceedings by the ACCC regarding a proposed acquisition.

Peter assisted an ASX-listed company with an ACCC investigation concerning alleged resale price maintenance.

Peter advised a major company in relation to an investigation by the Fire Services Levy Monitor in relation to alleged "price exploitation".

Peter worked as a secondee at the Business Council of Australia dealing with the first extensive review of competition law and policy in 20 years (known as the "Harper Review").   

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White Collar Crime and Investigations

Peter acted for two directors who were alleged to have fraudulently manipulated the "earn out" arrangements for the sale of a business.

Peter acted for a major ASX-listed company that was the victim of procurement fraud by former senior employees.

Peter acted for a major ASX-listed company that was the victim of an internet scam.

Peter acted for ASX-listed companies under investigation for alleged breaches of continuous disclosure obligations and insider trading.

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Restructuring and Insolvency

Commonwealth Bank: Peter is acting for the Commonwealth Bank in a long-running Supreme Court proceeding concerning the administration and receivership of a clothing wholesale business.

Schemes of arrangement: Peter has worked on numerous schemes of arrangement including schemes concerning AMP, AXA, Toll, Oxiana, Zinifex, Skilled Group, AWB and Smorgon Steel. 

General advice: Peter has advised on matters such as unfair preferences, duties of receivers, enforceability of security interests and voidable transactions by bankrupt individuals.

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