Peter Pether

Peter Pether is a field leader in dispute resolution in the construction, engineering, resources and infrastructure project sectors.

Peter conducts litigation and arbitration where necessary.  His primary strength, however, is in resolving major disputes quickly and cost effectively, avoiding litigation and arbitration where he can and utilising mediation, conciliation, early neutral evaluation and direct negotiation.

The General Counsel of a major Australian Public Company said "Peter Pether is the best dispute resolution lawyer I have ever come across" and "He provides extraordinary results, which I have never seen in 35 years of practice".

Rankings and Client/Peer Comments

Peter has been ranked by the directories, clients and peers at the top of the profession for many years.

Chambers Global Guide 2009 said Peter is "... 'one of the best lawyers in Australia' and 'a no-nonsense litigator who does not mess around'."  He was also nominated as a leading lawyer in ALB's Guide to Construction Law 2009, where he was named as an "exceptional lawyer and a top strategist".

Chambers Global Guide 2010 said Peter "... drew high acclaim from both clients and peers. One peer hailed him as 'the pre-eminent back-end lawyer' while a client highlighted his "superb expertise." Who's Who Legal Construction 2010 described Peter as a "doyen of construction disputes".

Doyle's Guide for 2011 described Peter as "the market's most strategic litigator".

Peter is one of only five Australian solicitors to receive a "star" ranking in Chambers 2011 guide, one of 10 in 2012, one of 7 in 2013 and one of 9 in 2014. 

Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 said "Peter Pether's pre-eminence in construction litigation is widely acknowledged by his peers and one client called him "the best litigator I've ever worked with; he's a master at work and a joy to watch."

Chambers Asia Pacific (2016): Construction, Australia said: “Peter Pether is widely acknowledged for his mastery of dispute resolution, including in the construction and engineering arenas. He has a strong focus on arbitrations and mediations and is valued by clients because he ‘thinks about the commercial outcome. He focuses on getting the issues identified by experts and getting around a table to get results."

“Peter is a formidable litigator and tactician but more importantly, from a corporate perspective in the services sector, he is astute to the avenues to resolve differences and preserve commercial relationships.” – Client quote, 2016

Who’s Who Legal (2017): Construction said: “[A] formidable litigator and tactician who is astute to all the avenues to resolve differences and preserve corporate relationships.”

Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific (2018) said: "He is very dedicated to the cause, he makes himself available and provides good, timely and practical advice, and finally he is not afraid to put his neck on the chopping block."

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 said: "Peter Pether is an eminently regarded figure in the construction sector, a source commenting:  "He has been the doyen of this space for two decades." His practice focuses on acting for both government and private sector clients on large, complex construction disputes. A client comments: "He's literally the construction lawyer and the commercial adviser that every managing director would want in their corner, he's quite simply excellent.""


Peter works on major disputes in all of the Australian States and Territories.

He has also worked extensively in the resolution of disputes outside Australia, including major project work involving projects, arbitration or disputes in England, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Indonesia, Malaysia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

Peter has successfully resolved disputes about road, rail, stadium, energy, mining, airport, port, pipeline, dredging, power, telecommunications, defence, process plant, tunnelling, ticketing, water, waste, commercial, industrial, hotel and residential projects.

Peter has extensive PPP dispute resolution experience for contractors and government.  He has extensive cross-border and domestic arbitration experience.

Peter works with a wonderful team of dedicated lawyers.


  • 1984 - 1989: Solicitor, Westgarth Middletons, Sydney
  • 1989 - 1990: Solicitor, Lovell White Durrant, London
  • 1991 - 2001: Solicitor and Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
  • January 2002 - present : Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney


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