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

Everything you need to know about bail variations

Bail variation by an application  What is a bail variation? Sometimes people’s circumstances change, and bail conditions become difficult, impossible or unnecessary. In these cases, an accused person can apply for a bail variation to change their bail conditions. Section

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What is a bail enforcement condition? When a person gets bail, they can have certain conditions attached to their freedom. Such as, requiring them to reside at a specific address or imposing a curfew. These conditions are designed to alleviate

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With digital media becoming accessible, businesses are increasingly able to become publishers of their own information and opinions. As there is little regulation and complex legislation, what can, and cannot be lawfully published becomes a pressing subject. In 2019, the United

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Boys as young as 14 to be moved to maximum security adult prison

The Western Australia Department of Justice announced plans to transfer children as young as 14 from Banksia Hill Detention Centre to the maximum-security adult male Casuarina Prison. What is Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre? Banksia Hill Detention Centre is the only

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Campaign to draw attention to Australian Defence Force abuse

A group of survivors and advocates are calling for an end to abuse within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), off the back of the Royal Commission. The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will not only examine suicides but

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bail applications jail prison

UPDATE: We’ve just got word from MRRC that part of the jail will be placed in full lockdown for 2 weeks with no access to AVLs or phones. This is a serious development. Families and loved ones of prisoners deserve

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O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
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Sydney NSW 2000

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