Peter Hanks Portrait

Peter Hanks KC

Bar roll 1991 Silk 1999
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Peter Hanks KC practises predominantly in public law with a particular emphasis on administrative and constitutional law

Peter appears regularly for Commonwealth and State government agencies, and against those agencies, in the Federal Court, High Court, Supreme Court, Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He also regularly provides advice on administrative and constitutional law issues to Commonwealth and State government agencies, and to private parties in relation to their rights against those agencies. 

Prior to coming to the Bar, Peter practised as a solicitor and has had over 25 years experience teaching constitutional law at the University of Sydney and Monash University. He is an accomplished author and has published several books on constitutional law and administrative law including Constitutional Law in Australia (3rd edition) and Australian Constitutional Law (7th edition). 

Peter has been a principal contributor to Butterworths' "High Court and Federal Court Practice" and "Administrative Law Service".

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Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 22 Room 6

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Energy & Resources
  • Taxation
Employment & Industrial
  • Discrimination
  • Work Health & Safety
  • Workers Compensation
Tort Law
  • Commissions & Inquiries
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Aged Care
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Discrimination
  • Environment
  • Extradition Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Taxation



Bachelor of Laws



New South Wales

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia


Victorian Bar - Human Rights Committee

Victorian Bar - Supreme Court - The Judicial Review and Appeals Users' Group

Advisory Board of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, University of Melbourne