Peter is a highly respected and experienced legal advisor, specialising in complex income tax, stamp duty and superannuation law. He is known for his keen intellect, attention to detail and strong communication skills.
Peter is listed in the AFR's Best Lawyers in Australia list 2019 for Funds Management.
What he does
Peter's tax work focuses on income tax and stamp duty aspects of indirect inward investment structuring in real estate, investment manager regime, various financial products and private client issues.
His superannuation work covers all legal issues affecting superannuation funds, including regulatory and general law obligations, member communications, key service provider contracts and member disputes.
Peter also provides investment advice to various industry funds and has advised on some of the largest individual transactions in the superannuation industry.
Who he works with
Peter's income tax and stamp duty clients include large local and overseas property funds, private overseas investors in large commercial properties, domestic fund managers managing overseas funds and private clients. He also acts as general legal adviser to a number of industry superannuation funds (large and small).
Peter has a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney.
He is a member of the Consumer, Governance and Regulatory Committee, Association of Superannuation Funds Australia and is a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia.
Life before Sparkes
Before joining Sparke Helmore, Peter was at DLA Piper for more than 30 years and a partner in their Corporate & Tax team for 20 years. Before that, he was at Allen's, where he started his legal career in their tax team.
Life outside of Sparkes
Peter is married with three children. After a break of some years, which he spent overseeing his grain farm near Tamworth, Peter resumed sailing on Saturday afternoons and racing his yacht in an inshore division at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. His longstanding crew consists of his wife and several other couples.
Peter's other interests include skiing, fine wine and reading history.