Peter’s stakeholder management skills are used daily to keep us in line in his role as Managing Partner of CIE Legal. He really is the ‘wise owl’ of the firm, with a background that combines an in-house counsel role at Ford Australia with 20 years as partner at Minter Ellison.
Peter has seen it all. When he started in the automotive industry, it wasn’t quite horse and buggies, but bench seats were all the rage. Now he’s advising on self-driving cars and online selling. Despite, or perhaps, because of, his experience, Peter is not precious. He’s a straight talker who likes to work with, rather than simply for his clients to achieve the best results. ‘trusted advisor’ is an over-used description, but in Peter’s case, it’s apt.
Peter’s work focuses on:
General commercial law
Franchising (listed in Best Lawyers 2019 in the Franchising – Melbourne category)
Retail network structuring
Trees Peter has planted at his farm
Months as the Independent Person appointed by the ACCC to review claims against a major motor vehicle distributor
Years spent on the compliance, audit and risk committee at Victoria University