Areas of Expertise

Peter is an Accredited Specialist in Property Law. He combines unparalleled technical knowledge of NSW property law with practical experience across the diverse spectrum of property transactions occurring in business and in government. 

One of Peter’s main areas of practice is acting for state-owned corporations and local government authorities on compulsory acquisitions of freehold land and easements. Peter brings to this work a deep understanding of the complex legislative and procedural environment in which each of his government clients operate, including local government, electricity and water.

Another niche area of practice for Peter is the law of easements and covenants, subdivisions, caveats and issues relating to public roads and Crown land.

Peter is called to provide expert evidence in professional negligence cases and regularly assists individuals and owners corporations to resolve strata disputes in NCAT.

Peter frequently speaks at industry events on a diverse range of property transactions including compulsory acquisitions, public-private partnerships and Crown land.

  

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

Specialist Accreditation is a structured peer to peer assessment process enabling legal practitioners to be recognised for their expertise.  To be accredited specialists they must pass a series of meticulous assessments on both legal knowledge and its application in practice. To retain their accreditation specialists must undertake significant additional professional development in their area of expertise each year.

A word from Peter

"It gives me pleasure to listen to clients, understand their needs and assist them to navigate their way through their transactions in a legally and commercially effective manner".

 

Career Highlights 

  • Being accredited as a specialist in property law by the NSW Law Society.

  • 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.

  • Acting for Cumberland City Council on the acquisition by agreement of a row of properties for the expansion of Auburn Park.

  • 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 – acquisitions and disposals, leases and licences, easements, covenants and restrictions, Crown land, stratum and strata subdivision of land, and public roads.

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