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Peter O'Connor

Peter O'Connor


Peter practices primarily in criminal and administrative law. His background as a Government lawyer and

in-house Counsel over 13+ years prior to coming to the Bar have provided a solid foundation and insight into the mechanics and internal processes of Government and the exercise of the prosecutorial discretion.

Having commenced as a Crown Prosecutor with Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Qld) in 2011,

he is very familiar with the types of indictable offences prosecuted in the District and Supreme Courts.

While with that Office, he worked in various regional centres and in Brisbane. Since that time, he worked at the Commonwealth Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions within the Revenue and Benefits Fraud team as a Senior Federal Prosecutor. He has had conduct of matters involving allegations of complex, large-scale tax avoidance and other dishonest investment scheme offending.

Peter was more recently employed at the Office of the Crown Solicitor (Qld), Crown Law, as a senior member of the Prosecutions and Other Advocacy Team. During this time, he was briefed to provide authoritative written advice and appear as in-house Counsel on regulatory prosecutions before the Magistrates Court by various State Government agencies. He was also briefed to appear before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Appeal Tribunal, the Federal Court, the Supreme and District Courts, and the Coroner’s Court in a range of civil, criminal, and administrative law proceedings.

While at Crown Law, those agencies that Peter regularly provided advice to included; the Workers’ Compensation Regulator, Blue Card Services, the Office of Fair Trading, Queensland Health, the Department of Housing and Public Works, Queensland Corrective Services, the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Prior to commencing at the Bar in July 2022, Peter had been employed at the Office of Industrial Relations as the Director the Workers’ Compensation Prosecution Unit. In that role, he oversaw the decisions made concerning charge recommendations and exercising the prosecutorial discretion as it related to alleged offending against the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. This included, but was not limited to, frauds committed against WorkCover.

In gaining the above practical experience in a diverse range of areas across several Government portfolios, Peter has developed a particular interest in Administrative Law, the work of the Coroner’s Court and commissions of inquiry.

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