Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • General Insurance
  • Workers Compensation
  • Administrative Law

Peter Crethary

Partner LLB, LLM

office Brisbane
phone +61 7 3225 5991

Peter primarily practises in administrative and compensation law. In addition, he is highly experienced in all areas of insurance litigation.

He has acted on behalf of various Commonwealth and state government clients for over 20 years and is amongst the most experienced practitioners in the area of workers’ statutory compensation in both the state and federal jurisdictions.

Peter also represents state government bodies in judicial review matters before the Supreme Court of Queensland and Court of Appeal as well as advising them on administrative law and judicial review issues.

Since 2007, Peter has acted on behalf of the Workers’ Compensation Regulator (the Regulator) (formerly QComp). In this role, Peter has represented the Regulator in matters before the Industrial Magistrates Court and Court of Appeal and assisted delegates to draft review decisions and with advice on the application of the state worker’s compensation legislation, ranging from complex section 32(5) issues through to the entitlements of dependants.

He has also acted for the Department of Defence in connection with judicial review matters before the Federal and Full Federal Courts of Australia.

Peter regularly presents training and professional development sessions to his clients on relevant topics. This includes recent updates on legislative issues and case law to self-insurance licensees in the Commonwealth workers’ compensation arena and presentations to government clients on the merits of early intervention and rehabilitation.

Relevant experience

  • Acting for a number of self-insured clients under the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme. Peter combines an in-depth knowledge of this practice area with both commercial and practical application of the law to ensure he obtains excellent results for these clients. He is a skilled negotiator who is sought after by clients in both formal and informal processes.
  • As a trusted adviser, Peter is frequently retained by organisations in connection with sensitive in-house staff claims.
  • Regularly appears on behalf of clients at conferences, mediations, conciliations, directions hearings and interlocutory applications before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Peter is an experienced negotiator who largely undertakes advocacy without engaging counsel.

Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association