Peter has an extensive commercial law practice. He has appeared in a number of long and complex matters, including at the appellate stage. He acts in and advises in connection with substantial commercial matters in areas of administrative law, contracts, corporations and securities law, equity and trusts, insolvency, insurance law, intellectual property, landlord and tenant, product liability, professional negligence, property law, trade practices and wills and estates.

Peter has appeared in and advised in connection with a number of class actions, including securities actions involving managed investment schemes (including recently Willmott, Great Southern, Banksia), product liability and environmental law.

Peter is also an Accredited Mediator.

A selection of cases he has recently appeared in are:

Sim Development Pty Ltd v Greenvale Property Group Pty Ltd [2018] VSCA 201
Contracts – real estate – development – costs – Calderbank offers

Downing v Lau [2018] VCC 33
Sale of Land – defective vendor’s statement – whether should be excused

Six Bruce Street Pty Ltd v Milatos [2017] VSC 784
Sale of Land Act – defective vendors statement

Panorama Investments Pty Ltd v Mellos (No. 2) [2017] VSC 639
Interlocutory injunction to restrain mortgagee sale

J.G. & J.A. Williamson Holdings Pty Ltd v David Hindee [2017] VSC 534
Summary judgment – limitations

Rosano v Karalis [2017] VSC 472
Insurance – mitigation

Braham v ACN 101 482 580 Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 340
Professional negligence, solicitors

Nicholas Olandezos v Bhatha [2017] VSC 234
Property – removal of caveats

Christopoulos v Krishna  [2017] VSC 628
Summary judgment – illegality

P & J Simona Holdings Pty Ltd v QBE Insurance Ltd [2017] VCAT 1683
Domestic building warranties – limitations

Schreuders v Grandiflora Nominees Pty Ltd [2016] VSCA 93
Construction of a Deed of Trust

Muranna Park Pty Ltd v Southern Mortgages Ltd [2016]
Whether mortgage void under Farm Debt Mediation Act 

Kelly v Willmott Forests Ltd (in liq) [2016] FCA 323
Class action – managed investment schemes – unreasonable settlement

Bodycorp Repairers Pty Ltd v Maisano [2015] VSCA 85
Contract – franchise agreement – breach – unreasonable restraint of trade – tort of inducing breach of contract

Braham v ACN 101 482 580 [2015] VSC 492
Solicitors negligence and proportionate liability

Rodda Lifestyle Loans Vic Pty Ltd [2015] VSC 628
Corporations – oppression – standing

G. Barrett & Assoc Pty Ltd v Ulysses Club Inc [2015] VCC 1991
Contract – whether contract was a permanent contract

Owners Corporation No. 8 P542266SR v Walton [2015] VCAT 1742
Owners corporation – dispute resolutions

Clarke v Great Southern Finance Pty Ltd [2014] VSC 516
Securities – Very substantial class action – managed investment scheme – acted for non-executive directors

Campbell v Members of Lloyd’s Syndicate 386 [2014] VSC 655
Insurance – recovery against insurers of liabilities incurred for judgments and settlements of product liability claims – non-disclosure and election 

J & A Vaughan Super Pty Ltd v Becton Property Group Pty Ltd [2014] FCA 1380
Corporations law and breach of continuous disclosure obligations on public companies 

Patsuris v Gippsland and Southern Rural Water Corp [2014] VSC 621
Administrative Law – appeal from VCAT – flooding and the Water Act

Melbourne Orthopaedic Group Pty Ltd v SY Group Pty Ltd [2013] VCC 2056
Concurrent wrongdoers

V-Flow Pty Ltd v Holyoake Industries (Vic) Pty Ltd [2013] FCAFC 16; (2013) 296 ALR 418
Directors and employees’ duties – misappropriation of corporate opportunities and confidential information

Egans Plant Hire Pty Ltd v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd [2013] VSC 418
Insolvency – company charges and liens over heavy machinery financed and used in mining industry

Mashane Pty Ltd v Owners Corporation [2013] VSC 417
Owners Corporation Act – levies imposed on lot owners – use of maintenance fund for capital works

Ron Englehart Pty Ltd v Enterprise Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd [2012] FCAFC 4; (2012) 95 IPR 64
Copyright in building plans – breach of copyright – damages 

Casama Group Pty Ltd v Four Sisters Pty Ltd [2012] VSC 376
Termination of contract for wine distribution – period of notice and whether terminable for breach of contract 

Mickovski v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd [2012] VSCA 185; (2012) 30 VR 451
Financial Ombudsman Service dispute resolution – administrative law – jurisdiction for statute barred insurance claim – whether reviewable by Court 

Portbury Developments Co Pty Ltd v Ottedin Investments Pty Ltd [2012] VSC 274
Sale of Land – rescission – Sale of Land Act (deposit provisions) – whether purchaser repudiated contract – damages

Wheelahan v City of Casey [2011] VSC 215
Class action for negligence in relation to the construction and operation of a landfill

Major Engineering Pty Ltd v CGU Insurance Ltd [2011] VSCA 226; (2011) 35 VR 458
Insurance – recovery of legal fees and expenses on successful defence of product liability proceedings

Leading Synthetics Pty Ltd v Adroit Insurance Group Pty Ltd [2011] VSC 467
Insurance – credit risk insurance – whether contract of insurance entered into – non-disclosure defences

Mainstream Aquaculture Pty Ltd v Calliden Insurance Ltd [2011] VSC 286
Insurance – business interruption insurance – whether damage to property was caused

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