Peter is one of New Zealand’s most experienced media and defamation lawyers. He is an established trial counsel, having acted in a large number of first-instance hearings, with some eleven civil jury trials in the High Court.
At appellate level, Peter appears often in the Court of Appeal. He has previously appeared in the Supreme Court, the Privy Council, and the High Court of the Cook Islands.
For 30 years, Peter was a partner of Izard Weston, a boutique Wellington firm. There, Peter had a broad practice in dispute resolution and litigation. Over many years he represented media publishers across New Zealand, including Independent Newspapers Limited, Fairfax Media and Radio New Zealand.
Peter was also a prosecutor for the Motor Vehicle Dealers Institute and the Wellington Harbour Board.
In 2008, Peter became a barrister sole. At the bar, Peter’s practice centres on media law, advising and representing clients involved in court proceedings. Peter will take briefs in most areas of civil litigation, with expertise in trusts and estates, family law, contract and insurance issues.
In a typical week, Peter is managing litigation, taking instructions from solicitors and government departments, and appearing in Court.