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Principal Lawyer - Dispute Resolution and Insolvency
Peter Jackson

From green technology and biodiversity, through to property and trusts, when it comes to representing farmers, landowners and rural clients, it is hard to go past Peter Jackson.

For more than 40 years, Peter has travelled the country representing business, business owners, and rural clients, including appearing before a Parliamentary Committee into Banking representing the interests of country people and appearing before enquiries into Local Councils.

Building on years of experience acting for corporate clients involved in business ventures, commercial dealings and commercial disputes, Peter has since established a strong practice helping clients from rural communities who conduct farming operations.

He has represented many farmers at farm debt mediations and has been the instructing solicitor in landmark High Court cases. He has also assisted rural people with a wide range of business and property matters, such as the establishing of trusts, inter-generational transfers and biodiversity projects to supplement farm income.

Peter works to first truly understand his clients’ legal problems – quickly finding solutions in a cost-effective way, without compromising professional standards.


Peter is a leading senior legal practitioner, advising on a broad range of legal matters and disputes, including several noteworthy High Court cases. His work has contributed to alterations in the law relating to payment by mistake and the defined meaning of a mortgage in the Farm Debt Mediation Act 2011.

Prior to the firm’s merger with FCW Lawyers in September 2022, Peter was the Principal of Jackson & Associates, which he established in 2015.

In his role at FCW Lawyers, Peter will be focused on mentoring emerging leaders in the wider dispute resolution team and will also be responsible for new business development.

Peter was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.

  • Acted for financiers, brokers and borrowers in loan transactions.
  • Acted for clients from the rural community who conduct farming operations including remedies available to those rural clients affected by the bushfires of 2019.
  • Represented farmers at farm debt mediations.
  • Representing clients in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the superior courts of all states and territories.
  • Drafting an amendment to the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW) at the request of a member of the NSW parliament to assist individual land holders who alleged that their property had been sold at an undervalue.
  • Appearing before a parliamentary enquiry to represent the interests of clients and representing clients before the Financial Services Royal Commission.
  • Acting in the High Court of Australia decision of David Securities Pty Ltd v Commonwealth Bank of Australia [1992] HCA 48. This was an important High Court case involving the examination of a refund of monies that had been paid pursuant to a mistake of law. This case changed the law that had prevailed in Australia for 200 years.
  • Acting in the case of Topfelt Pty Ltd v State Bank of New South Wales [1993] FCA 890. This case considered the issue of setting aside a statutory demand and whether or not the failure of a bank to specify the total amount of interest payable on an unpaid loan as at the date of a statutory demand was sufficient to allow the court to set it aside.
  • Acting in the case of Hodgson Pastoral Co Pty Limited v Westpac Banking Corporation [1996] NSW Conv R 55,869. This case is an examination under the Farm Debt Mediation Act and particularly the meaning of the word ‘enforcement.’ This case also involved an examination of the right of Westpac to require a farmer to execute a crop lien under the terms of the mortgage.
  • Acting in the case of Gain v Commonwealth Bank of Australia [1997] 42 NSWLR 252. This case examined when a mediation occurred under the Farm Debt Mediation Act.
  • Acting in the High Court of Australia case of Waller v Hargraves Secured Investments Ltd [2012] HCA. The client was a farmer and claimed that a new loan had been advanced that entitled her to the protection of the Farm Debt Mediation Act. The High Court agreed and overturned the earlier decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.
  • Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.
  • Admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

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