Areas of Expertise

Peter is an Accredited Specialist in Property Law. He combines unparalleled technical knowledge of NSW property law with a practical understanding of the complex environment in which government entities operate. That means he often advises on the laws affecting local government authorities and state-owned corporations.

Peter aims to protect his clients’ interests and help them achieve their goals with legally enforceable results and a minimum of risk. He does this by drafting robust but fair documents which clearly set out the rights and obligations of each party. 

When negotiating, Peter focuses on important issues and makes every effort to avoid transaction fatigue. He’s also a firm believer in the power of plain English legal drafting as a method for avoiding potential disputes.

  

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (Sydney University)

  • Bachelor of Laws (Sydney University)

  • Accredited Specialist in Property Law

  • Member of the Specialist Accreditation – Property Law Advisory Committee

  • Member of Law Society of NSW

 

A word from Peter

"The Hornsby Quarry site is classified as community land and is subject to statutory restrictions on use. RMS wanted to fill the quarry with spoil from the NorthConnex tunnel which would rejuvenate the site with new recreation areas, but RMS was unaware of the restrictions on the land. I assisted the council to work within the statutory constraints and to obtain ministerial approval for RMS to fill the quarry. This averted the need for RMS to compulsorily acquire the land and enabled the council and RMS to negotiate a commercially acceptable outcome which will deliver multiple community benefits".

 

Career Highlights 

  • Acting for Hornsby Shire Council on the drafting and negotiation of a project agreement and lease to RMS to fill the Hornsby Quarry with spoil from the NorthConnex tunnel.

  • Successfully negotiating the release of obsolete easements affecting key assets of Sydney Water Corporation.

  • Acting for Bayside Council on the expressions of interest sale of a $48m development site at Chapel Street, Rockdale.

  • Advising both Ausgrid and Sydney Water Corporation on the compulsory acquisition of easements for critical infrastructure.

  • Advising Bayside Council on the staged subdivision of Discovery Point, Wolli Creek, including on the stratum plans, development lots for subsequent strata subdivision, easements, covenants and restrictions, strata management statements, community plans and community management statements.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Property Law – Torrens title, old system title, leases and licences, easements, covenants and restrictions, Crown land, subdivision of land including strata and stratum, land tax.

  • Government Law – compulsory acquisition, direct negotiations, voluntary planning agreements and public/private partnerships.