Full Name: Mr Peter E O'Farrell
Phone: +61 3 9225 6761
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0412 745 774
Chambers: Isaacs Chambers
Room: 1219
Date of Admission: 6 May 2002
Called to the Bar: 11 May 2006
Qualifications: LL.B, BPD (Planning), BTRP, Post Grad. Dip Env. St.


Peter O'Farrell’s practice focuses on development approvals, planning, environment, statutory approvals, administrative and governmental law.

He is one of the few members of the Bar who practiced as a town planner before he was a barrister.  As a town planner he acted both privately and publicly in a range of strategic and statutory roles.  Prior to signing the Bar Roll, Peter was a Senior Associate with Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper).

Peter appears and advises in respect of development approval for the full range of land development and use applications including:

  • residential projects;
  • large scale retail developments;
  • telecommunications infrastructure;
  • land subdivision/development;
  • infrastructure projects;
  • wind farms;
  • water matters;
  • rezoning;
  • recycling/landfill/mining;
  • restrictive covenants;
  • land acquisition/compensation;
  • heritage;
  • environmental assessment involving State/Commonwealth processes.

He appears in a broad range of matters before VCAT, Advisory Committees, Planning Panels, the Magistrates' Court and in appeals in planning and related matters before the Supreme Court.  He appears in other Tribunals including the AFL, AFLW and VFL Tribunal, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, the Heritage Council and Building Appeals Board.

He has held a number of roles including General Editor of the Victorian Planning Reports, co-author of VCAT Decisions in Planning News the monthly publication of the Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria), Board member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association. author of the Planning and Environment section of the Lawyers Practice Manual and Chair of the St Monica's Primary School Advisory Board.  

He is a Life Member of Brunswick North Old Boys Amateur Football Club in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.  He is also a member of the Victorian Athletic League.

Victorian Bar Committee memberships

  • Supreme Court - The Victorian Compensation and Planning Users' Group.
  • Monitor - Commercial Bar Association - Environmental, Planning & Local Government Section.
  • Barristers Chambers Limited Isaacs Chambers Steering Committee

Areas of Practice


Commercial Law

  • Property & Probate
  • Sports

Criminal Law

  • Environmental
  • Planning

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Merit Appeals
  • Mining
  • Planning Offences
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Town Planning
  • Water


  • Local Government

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Judicial Review
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Merits Review

Committee Memberships

  • (Monitor) Environmental, Planning
  • (Member) Supreme Court - The Victorian Compensation and Planning Users' Group
From 1 Jul 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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