Trial Practice

Peter has significant experience in defending individuals charged with serious criminal matters. He appears for private clients as well as legally aided clients. He is on the NSW Legal Aid Complex Criminal Matters panel for barristers. He has appeared as advocate in numerous Local Court hearings and District and Supreme Court trials for offences such as general fraud and dishonesty, taxation, finance fraud, money laundering, proceeds of crime and offences committed by directors and other corporate officers charged with offences by ASIC.

Due to the serious nature of these offences, many of these cases have been high profile and received considerable attention from the print and electronic media. Some notable trials or appeals in this regard have been:

Romero v DPP (NSW). Represented Mr Romero in an assault matter (ADVO related). This appeal was to a single judge of the Supreme Court and challenged the jurisdiction of the magistrate to hear the criminal matter at the same time as the ADVO proceedings. The Supreme Court agreed that the Local Court magistrate was in error and that, as a matter of law, those proceedings were separate and distinct and the magistrate could not hear both matters together. Costs were awarded to Mr Lowe’s client.

Police v Maatouk. Represented Mr Maatouk, a well known Sydney lawyer who was charged with a number of fraud and related offences regarding a Picasso lithograph and late model BMW sedan that was taken from his suburban legal practice by armed robbers. The car was later found having been torched. Following a 9 week trial, Mr Maatouk was acquitted of all charges.

Regina v Kessing. Represented Allan Kessing who was charged in relation to the leaking of two confidential reports about airport security to the Australian newspaper which had published the reports and garnered sensational publicity in doing so. Following the reports being published the government announced a major review of security and policing at Australian airports. Despite a jury verdict convicting him of leaking the reports he received a suspended sentence which involved a 9 month good behaviour bond being imposed.

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