Peter O’Brien​​


Peter is the Principal Lawyer and founder of O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors. Peter is a highly experienced criminal defence and civil lawyer with more than twenty years of experience in NSW and interstate.

Some of his key experiences prior to establishing the firm include:

  • Co-founding the UTS Community Law and Legal Research Centre (1996);
  • Working as a solicitor for the Children’s Legal Service of NSW;
  • Working for the Katherine Regional Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in the Northern Territory (2001-2005);
  • Receiving an Award for Outstanding Representation of Children and Young People from the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (2002);
  • Working in a senior role at the NSW Legal Aid Commission (2006-2008); and
  • Lecturing within the Law Faculty at the University of Technology Sydney (2006-2013)

Since establishing O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors Peter has:

Of course his experience and successes extend far beyond this short list.

Recent articles by Peter O'Brien

Vicarious liability: Abuse Survivors Can Use The Law To Hold institutions Responsible

Historical abuse emerged as a significant social issue over recent decades. However, claimants seeking compensation struggle to hold abusers accountable and receive fair compensation. Courts are reluctant to hold an organisation liable for deliberate, wrongful or criminal acts by its

Read More »
feature image for bushfire arson, breaking down section 203E

**Section 203E of the Crimes Act 1900** establishes an offence for intentionally causing a fire and being reckless as to the spread of the fire to vegetation on public land or land belonging to another. This bushfire arson offence carries

Read More »
Youth Diversion Programs help those who face minor drug offences

If you are or someone you know is under 18 years of age and has been charged with a minor drug offence, there’s a way to avoid court proceedings. Under the Young Offenders Act 1997 (NSW), youth diversion programs can be

Read More »
feature image for domestic violence high-risk dv offenders in NSW targeted in operation amarok 2 blog post

What is Operation Amarok II? This was a 4-day high-impact operation across NSW targeting the state’s most dangerous domestic violence high-risk offenders. The operation ran from Wednesday (19 April 2023) to Saturday (22 April 2023). Officers from all police area

Read More »
Anti-money laundering laws in NSW (AML)

Money laundering is the process of disguising the proceeds of illegal activity as legitimate funds. Anti-Money Laundering laws have been established to prevent this activity and to prosecute those who engage in it. In NSW, these laws have been strengthened

Read More »

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) recently released a report on the homicide rate in Australia for the year 2020-2021. The report includes data from State and Territory police forces. It reveals that there were 210 homicide incidents on record,

Read More »

O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
p: 02 9261 4281
a: Level 4, 219-223 Castlereagh St,
Sydney NSW 2000

Scroll to Top