Full Name: Mr Peter A Chadwick QC
Phone: +61 3 9225 7490
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0909
Date of Admission: 1 Apr 1981
Called to the Bar: 18 Jun 1981
Appointed Silk: 25 Nov 2010
Qualifications: B Juris, LL.B


Peter Chadwick QC has practised extensively in all criminal jurisdictions in Victoria as well as interstate for more than 35 years.

He is an effective and experienced advocate in criminal trials in the Supreme and County Courts for both the prosecution and the defence. He also appears in the Court of Appeal for both the prosecution and the defence.

He accepts briefs in the Magistrates’ Court for committal hearings and summary contests as well as the Coroners Courts and corruption inquiries.

Peter holds an Indictable Crime Certificate and is a member of the VLA preferred Barrister List. He has also undertaken cultural awareness training under the guidance of Kellawan Indigenous Consultants.

He has a particular interest in forensic science and his expertise in its practical application in criminal proceedings, notably where DNA evidence is material, is well regarded.

He is an active member of forensic science professional associations and regularly gives lectures on forensic science topics.

Peter is a Committee member of the Medico Legal Society of Victoria and the Australian Academy of Forensic Science. He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and the International Association of Prosecutors.

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Confiscation of Assets
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Corruption
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Money Laundering
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania

Committee Memberships

  • (Deputy Chair) Ethics Committee

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