Peter O'Connor

Principal Lawyer

Peter has considerable experience in criminal law and advocacy. He completed a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2008 and the Bar Practice Course in 2011. Post-university he joined the Queensland Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (QDPP) and worked his way up to become a Crown Prosecutor. He later joined the Commonwealth Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) as a Senior Federal Prosecutor before joining Crown Law in 2018.

While at the QDPP, Peter appeared as trial counsel and prosecuted a wide range of criminal matters involving serious violence, stalking, sexual offending against children and adults, drug offending and high-level property offences such as aggravated burglaries, robberies and arsons.

In 2014, Peter undertook a secondment as a Senior Legal Officer within the Department of Justice and Attorney-General’s Strategic Policy and Legislative Services Unit. In this role, he provided high-level advice to government on the practical implications of proposed legislative amendments which involved extensive stakeholder consultation with government and non-government agencies across various portfolios.

At Crown Law, Peter provides specialist advice on a variety of statutory prosecutions and regulatory matters on behalf of State Government entities and appears as in-house Counsel on those matters. His duties also include providing advice to clients on statutory interpretation and agency responses to emerging industry trends.

Experience
  • Appearing as in-house Counsel at the Mental Health Review Tribunal, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts.
  • Regularly appearing on sentences and as a trial advocate in jury trials in the District Court on behalf of the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Drafting outlines of argument and appearing on appeals from the Magistrates Court and on Supreme Court bail applications.
  • Appearing in the Magistrates and District Courts on behalf of the Commonwealth Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on complex fraud sentences resulting in significant terms of imprisonment.
  • Preparing complex fraud prosecutions that have been investigated by the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
  • Drafting indictments, preparing witnesses and briefing Counsel for trial once matters are committed to the District Court.
  • Providing high-level advice to government on the practical implications of proposed legislative amendments involving extensive stakeholder consultation.
  • Conducting training sessions for junior lawyers on courtroom advocacy, sentence submissions and legal research.