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Peter Butler



Peter practises as a litigator in Sydney and regularly advises Australia’s largest companies on Corporations Law matters, contractual disputes, class actions and regulatory issues. 



The former Head of Litigation for Freehills, Peter has held several senior management roles within the firm including Managing Partner. He also spent two years on secondment to Reuters in London as Special Counsel for the Board and Head of Compliance.

Peter regularly lectures on topics including directors’ obligations and privilege. He is the Chair of the Freehills Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and a Board Member of the Jepson Foundation and the Cure for Life Foundation, and the AICC. He is also on the Advisory Council of the Law School of the University of NSW.

Recognised as one of Australia’s strongest litigators by Australian Financial Review ‘Best Lawyers’ in ADR and Litigation 2014; Best Lawyers International 2014; and PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, and ranked 'Leading' by Doyles Survey of Commercial Litigation Practitioners 2015.

Peter has advised the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian governments on a range of issues. He has regularly advised corporations in Australia and overseas, and also the boards of corporations. 

Major clients he has acted for include ANZ, NAB, CBA, Macquarie Bank, Westpac, Caltex, Leucadia, Honeywell, Telstra, BHP, CSR, Lend Lease, Shell, Coles Myer, Santos, Reuters Plc (he was seconded to London for two years to look after disputes involving that company) and many others. He has advised investment banks and other financial institutions in relation to securities market investigations by ASIC and APRA. 

Peter has a strong background of advising insurers on a variety of coverage issues including D&O Insurance (he acted for Lloyds following the collapse of HIH). 

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