Peter Jopling Portrait

Peter Jopling AM KC

Bar roll 1980 Silk 1996
  • Commercial Law Employment & Industrial
  • Intellectual Property Tort Law
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Peter Jopling AM KC has an extensive commercial law practice in the State Supreme and Federal Courts

Peter is currently ranked by the legal profession's most highly regarded directories - Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers and Doyle's Guide as one of Australia's leading commercial law Silks. Peter regularly appears at first instance and appellate level in areas including trade practices, corporations and securities, intellectual property, insurance, equity and trusts, industrial law and professional negligence. He is also a certified arbitrator and accredited mediator of large commercial matters.

Peter has appeared as Senior Counsel both for and against the ACCC most notably as lead counsel for the ACCC in ACCC v Visy Industry Holdings Pty Ltd in which case the Commission obtained a record penalty of $36 million against the company and its director and owner for price fixing and market sharing contraventions of the Trade Practices Act.

He also regularly appears in large-scale complex litigation and class actions in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court, most recently in Guy v Crown Melbourne Limited,Asahi Holdings v Pacific Equity Partners and others, the Oz Minerals class action, the Brisbane RiverCity litigation, Storm Financial v Westpac Bank, Kirby v Centro, Stott v PricewaterhouseCoopers & Centro MCS Manager Ltd, Dawson v Brookfield Multiplex, the Opes Prime litigation and the Patrick Stevedores litigation.

Peter has also appeared for a major financial institution in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation

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Chambers & Clerk

Aickin Chambers
Level 28

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Building & Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
Employment & Industrial
  • Appellate
  • Employment Contracts
  • Restraint of Trade
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence



Bachelor of Laws (Melb)

Certified Arbitrator - Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration

Fellow - Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Commercial Law

The Banksia Securities proceedings (court appointed Contradictor) a matter concerning a claim for recovery of legal costs and funding commission in a class action, and allegations of misconduct by the litigation funder and legal practitioners for the class in connection with that claim:

Bolitho v Banksia Securities Limited (No 5) [2019] VSC 554

Bolitho v Banksia Securities Ltd (No 6) [2019] VSC 653

Banksia Securities Ltd v Insurance House Pty Ltd (Settlement Approval) [2020] VSC 123

Bolitho v Banksia Securities Ltd (No 8) [2020] VSC 174

Westgem Investments Pty Ltd v Commonwealth Bank of Australia (No 6) [2020] WASC 302

Guy v Crown Melbourne Limited (No 2) [2018] FCA 36

Radhika Oswal v ANZ

Anthony Stevens v Spotless Management Services Pty Ltd [2015] VSC 476

Perpetual Custodians Ltd (as custodian for Tamoran Pty Ltd as trustee for Muchael Crivelli) v IOOF Investment Management Ltd; Murray v Perennial Investment Partners Ltd [2013] NSWCA 231

Bovino Pty Ltd v The Casey Group Holdings Pty Ltd [2010] VSC 391

Permanent Trustee Company Limited v Gulf Import and Export Company & Emirates Trading Agency LLC [2008] VSC 162

Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd v FKP Limited [2011] FCA 266

Employment and Industrial Relations

Just Group Limited v Nicole Peck [2016] VSC 614

Maritime Union of Australia v Patrick Stevedores Operations Pty Ltd [1998] VSC 282; [1998] VICSC 52

Professional Negligence

Watson & Ors v Ebsworth & Ebsworth (a firm) & Anor [2010] VSCA 335

Representative Proceedings

Kirby v Centro Properties Limited [2008] FCA 1505; [2010] FCA 1115

Darwalla Milling Co Pty Ltd & Ors v F Hoffman*La Roche Ltd & Ors(No 2) [2006] FCA 1388

Hall v Australian Finance Direct Limited [2005] VSC 306; (No 2) [2007] VSC 233; (No 3) [2007] VSC 366

Guglielmin v Trescowthick (No.4) [2005] FCA 140; (No.2) [2005] FCA 138

Trade Practices

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission v Visy Industries [2006] FCA 136; (No 2) [2007] FCA 444; (No 3) [2007] FCA 1617


Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association

Governor - Florey Neuroscience Institutes

Chair - Ian Potter Museum

Chair - Menzies Foundation