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Thomson Geer

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Peter Harrison

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Thomson Geer

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Dispute Resolution




Peter has more than 25 years' experience assisting clients involved in commercial disputes, and has recognised expertise solving problems that arise involving financial distress for clients or their counterparties.

Peter provides legal services to his clients in a wide variety of commercial, property and administrative disputes, often working closely in consultation with our Property and Corporate & Advisory partners. This often involves providing advice in the initial stage of a dispute with a view to avoiding litigation, and representing clients in alternative dispute resolution procedures.

However, where necessary, Peter represents clients through all stages of court proceedings. He is experienced in guiding a team of lawyers and paralegals in preparation for complex commercial hearings and works closely with the independent bar to ensure that our clients receive the best possible representation.

Peter acts for financiers in a variety of contentious or litigious matters. This includes security enforcement and unsecured recovery including trade finance, equipment finance and rural lending as well as advising regarding the effect of relevant legislation, including the Corporations Act, Personal Property Securities Act and Farm Debt Mediation Acts.

Peter provides insolvency and restructuring advice to company directors and insolvency practitioners. His work in this area includes advising directors regarding trading where solvency is in doubt as well as acting for insolvency practitioners in both corporate and personal insolvency administrations. Peter also advises in relation to voluntary administrations, receiverships and company liquidation. Peter acts in all necessary court applications including recovery of voidable transactions and insolvent trading. Peter has significant experience in drafting deeds of company arrangement, including using creditors’ trusts for "backdoor listings".


  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) – Fellow
  • Turnaround Management Association


Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Commerce


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Kemp Strang has particular expertise in banking litigation and security enforcement, shareholder and partner disputes, as well as in the property, construction, and planning and environment sectors. It is acting for Australian Financial Planning Group in enforcing its rights in relation to misuse of confidential information and breaches of restraints by a former employee. The seven-partner practice, led by Peter Harrison, Glen Cussen and Sarina Roppolo, has been strengthened by Nora Minassian from Dentons. Phil Kaunitz, Ian Marsden and  Jacob Rodgers are other names to note.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Following its acquisition of Kemp Strang in October 2018, Thomson Geer's team now includes Peter Harrison, who advised PPB Advisory as liquidators of DCM Green on its administration and creditors' voluntary winding up following its collapse, and assisted Rabobank Australia as secured creditor of a group of corporate entities with several receiverships and voluntary administrations. Nora Minassian joined from Dentons; Jim Graham and Kevin Pringle retired; Alex Linden joined Henry William Lawyers; Matthew Pike left to HWL Ebsworth; Glen Cussen has launched Cussen Advisory and Sarina Roppolo is now a partner at Kardos Scanlan.

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