Peter Cummings SC

Areas of Expertise





Mediation & Arbitration


Personal Injury

Professional Negligence

Trusts & Estates


Peter was born and educated in Newcastle. He began studying law by correspondence through Macquarie University in 1980 while working as a law clerk in a local firm. He graduated in 1984 and was then admitted to practice as a solicitor.

For twelve years he was a partner in Thomas Laycock Solicitors and built up a substantial practice in personal injury, insurance, commercial and construction litigation.

In 1993 he underwent mediation training with LEADR and developed a practice in Alternative Dispute resolution which he has carried on since.

The Law Society of New South Wales accredited him as a specialist in Commercial Litigation in 1994.

In 1996 he went to the Bar and commenced practice at Newcastle Chambers. He rapidly developed a busy practice in a variety of areas including personal injury, family law, commercial litigation and crime. He is on the panel of most major insurers.

Upon the introduction of the scheme in 2008 he became a Mediator accredited under the National Standard, and is on the NSW Supreme and District Courts’ List of mediators.

He became the President of the Newcastle Bar Association in early 2013 and held that position until 2017.

In 2013 he was appointed Senior Counsel for the state of New South Wales.

For five years he was the Head of Newcastle Chambers and maintains membership of those Chambers in addition to Waratah.

He is a regular presenter at domestic and international legal conferences and delivers guest lectures at Newcastle University Law School.

Peter still conducts a varied practice with his main focus on common law liability cases and Family Law, both trial and appellate work. He has been rated in Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession as a leading Family Law Senior Counsel barrister in NSW, is a qualified Arbitrator under the Family Law Act and is a member of the NSW Bar Association’s Family Law Committee.


Peter Cummings SC