Peter Pether is a partner in the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM). He specialises in construction and engineering litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He is the national head of the KWM dispute resolution practice for Australia.
Peter works in all of the Australian states and territories. He has also worked extensively in the resolution of disputes outside Australia, including major project work recently involving projects or disputes in England, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand and Mozambique.
Peter works for most of the major Australian constructors and for a variety of major developers, resource companies, infrastructure providers and operators.
Peter has successfully resolved disputes about road, rail, stadium, energy, mining, airport, port, pipeline, dredging, power, telecommunications, tunnelling, ticketing, hotel, process plant, defence, water, waste, commercial, industrial and residential projects.
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.
He works with a well-resourced team of experienced colleagues. Return business is a cornerstone of his practice.
Chambers Global 2009 said Peter is "one of the best lawyers in Australia' and 'a no-nonsense litigator who does not mess around". Peter was 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 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". Peter was selected by Chambers Global 2011 as one of only 5 Australian lawyers to earn "star" ranking in 2011 and he has maintained that ranking in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Who's Who Legal: Construction 2010 described Peter as a "doyen of construction disputes". The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010/2011 said "Mallesons Stephen Jaques consistently gives a very high level of service and is exceptional when it comes to strategic thinking in construction related litigation. The outstanding Peter Pether is adept at complex, high-value construction disputes.'
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