Peter has over thirty five years experience in rural practice located at Grenfell. Peter is a third generation lawyer to practice in Grenfell following his grandfather and father. Peter's eldest daughter, Rachael is also a solicitor with Gordon Garling Moffitt and has recently starting working part of the week in the Grenfell office with Peter and Vanessa.
Peter has a particular interest in Wills and succession planning, especially for farming families. He also has significant expertise in the area of property law and conveyancing ranging from residential and rural conveyancing through to complex commercial matters including Local Government issues. Peter also has an interest in the area of rural development, irrigation and water entitlements. As well, he is experienced in Crown Land leases, share farming and rural partnerships.
Peter has experience in criminal law and advocacy and is one of the few rural practitioners with high level expertise in the area of liquor licensing, an area of the law which is becoming increasingly complex and therefore increasingly specialised. Peter likes to visit hotels from time to time, only as he says, to understand the industry at the "coal face".
Peter is a current member of the New South Wales Law Society Rural Issues Committee and works tirelessly to raise awareness of the legal issues affecting our rural clients. In his work with the Rural Issues Committee Peter co-wrote a publication for the use of the profession titled "Document to Assist Rural Practitioners". This document, recently revised, is now available to all Practitioners to assist them in their day to day practise.
Away from the office Peter is a rugby tragic and is a committed jogger having participated in at least sixteen City 2 Surf runs. Also Peter is very much involved in the Grenfell community being Chair of the Weddin Health Council and Weddin Business Development Committee, Rotary (a Paul Harris Fellow), and honorary Solicitor for practically every non-profit organisation in Grenfell. Peter is also Chair of the Western NSW Local Health District Audit and Risk Committee and Member of the Far West NSW Local Health District Audit and Risk Committee. Peter believes access to quality health services accompanied with a high degree of accountability is imperative for those living in rural NSW.
In recognition of Peter’s contribution to the community, both in the Weddin Shire and beyond its boundaries, Peter was awarded an OAM in 2014 which was a huge honour.
Areas of Expertise
Wills & Succession Planning
Property Law & Conveyancing
Irrigation & Water Development
Crown Land Leases
Share Farming & Rural Partnerships
Q & A...
Q. Growing up, is this what you thought you would be doing?
A. I always wanted to be a Lawyer.
Q. What's a quote to live by?
A. “Health is Wealth” and “Tomorrow is another day”
Q. Thick or thin crust?
A. Thick with loads of butter and Vegemite
Q. Favourite sport and team – do you play the sport?
A. Waratahs Rugby Union – sometimes Golden Oldies
Q. If they could bottle your personality what would the label read?
A. I refuse to grow up
Q. If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be?
A. Paul Keating, Winston Churchill, Hilary Clinton and Elle McPherson