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Peter Punch

Peter Punch Partner

Email: ppunch@codea.com.au

Phone: (02) 8226 7306

International Phone: (+61 2) 8226 7306

Location: Sydney


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In practice for more than 30 years, Peter is widely acknowledged in the profession to be a highly effective employment and workplace relations lawyer. He has been nominated by his peers to be included in the Legal Who’s Who in Australia, a publication that highlights the pre-eminent practitioners in each specialty of the law.

Peter is the Senior Partner in the Employment and Industrial Relations Group at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers. Peter’s expertise covers all aspects of employment and workplace relations law, including unfair dismissal, drafting and interpreting employment contracts, industrial associations law, industrial disputes, award and agreement interpretation and enforcement, enterprise bargaining, discrimination in employment and work health and safety.

Over the course of his career, he has acted for and advised all parties in workplace relations – employers, employees, unions, employer bodies, government and not-for-profit organisations.

Since joining Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, he has been involved in a number of major test cases, concerned with establishing enduring principles of workplace law.

Peter has been an active participant in the workplace legal community. He was a foundation member of the Australian Labour Law Association and a member of its National Committee in 2010 and 2011.

He is widely regarded as an authority on workplace law and has been author, editor or contributor to a number of books on employment and workplace relations law including Australian Industrial Law, the Master Workplace Relations Guide and the Australian Labour Law Reporter.

In 2012, Peter acted for the Administrator of the Health Services Union East, in what was a unique set of circumstances in the history of industrial associations law in Australia.

Peter has also acted for clients in and appeared before various public or special inquiries over the years including the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

“My clients can have complex problems. What they want from me is a path to the best possible result, avoiding or minimizing costs, contention and litigation. That is what I am about.”

Key Professional Achievements

  • Peter has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of NSW and a Master of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney.
  • He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1982 and a solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 1988.
  • He joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1988.
  • A NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in employment and industrial law since 1994, the year the Accredited Specialty Scheme was introduced by the Law Society.
  • Member of the Accredited Specialist’s Advisory Committee, which assesses applicants to the Scheme, from 1994 to 2013, and Chair of the Committee from 1999 to 2013.

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