Peter Woulfe

Peter Woulfe

Peter Woulfe has been recognised as one of Canberra’s leading commercial and dispute resolution barristers: Doyle’s Guide, 2020 & 2021.  Peter has a civil practice in a range of practice areas, with a particular focus on government and administrative law.  Peter has also been regarded as one of Australia’s foremost Commonwealth compensation barristers, having worked on various matters of importance to the application of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth).

Recent achievements

  • Peter led the Law Council of Australia’s liaison with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. He managed stakeholder engagement, extensively contributing to the Tribunal’s various COVID-19 practice directions.
  • Peter has liaised closely with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal since 2010 in bringing the twice-annual Hot Topics in Commonwealth Compensation seminar, which is chaired by the President of the Tribunal and attended by numerous industry leaders and practitioners.

Appointments

  • Chair, Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section, Law Council of Australia, 2020-present
  • Deputy Chair, Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section, Law Council of Australia, 2016-2020
  • Treasurer, Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section, Law Council of Australia, 2014-2016
  • Executive Member, Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section, Law Council of Australia, 2010-present
  • Chair, Administrative Appeals Tribunal Liaison Committee, Law Council of Australia, 2016-present
  • Chair, Commonwealth Compensation and Employment Law Committee, Law Council of Australia, 2010-present
  • Secretary, Council of the ACT Bar Association, 2018-2021
  • Treasurer, Council of the ACT Bar Association, 2017-2018
  • Councillor, Council of the ACT Bar Association, 2014-2017
  • Member, Australian Institute of Administrative Law, 2011-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, AIAL Forum, 2016-present
  • Member, ACT Independent Cricket Tribunal, 2011-present
  • Councillor, Council of the Law Society of the ACT, 2004-2005

 

Called to the Bar
2012

Master of Laws (ANU)
2006

Bachelor of Laws
2000

Bachelor of Social Science
1998

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Phone

02 6130 0573

Email

woulfe@blackburnchambers.com.au

Practice areas

Appellate
Commercial law
Common law / Personal injury
Employment law
Equity and trusts
Inquests and inquiries
Public / Administrative law

Cases

  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission v May (2016) 257 CLR 468
  • Comcare v Drinkwater (2018) 260 FCR 150
  • Comcare v Wuth (2018) 260 FCR 89
  • Comcare v Farrell (2016) 250 FCR 432
  • Smith v Comcare (2015) 65 AAR 288
  • Portors v Comcare [2018] FCA 914
  • Novosel v Comcare (2017) 72 AAR 269
  • Bis Industries Ltd v Dale (2017) 156 ALD 169
  • Ringshaug v Comcare (No 2) [2017] FCA 349
  • Chun v Comcare (2013) 209 FCR 399
  • National Disability Insurance Agency v Attorney-General for ACT [2020] ACTSC 52
  • Hill v Council of Law Society of ACT [2019] ACTSC 79
  • Re Hanel and Comcare (Compensation) [2022] AATA 261
  • Re Gyawali and Comcare (Compensation) [2021] AATA 2582
  • Re Gough and Comcare [2020] AATA 4669
  • Re Uijland and Comcare (2019) 164 ALD 573
  • Re Brideson and ACT (2019) 156 ALD 197
  • Re Buttigieg and Comcare [2017] AATA 1002

Publications

• Hot Topics in Commonwealth Compensation panel discussion with Deputy President Humphries and Dr Khurana (neurosurgeon), Going behind the concurrent evidence curtain, 2019
• BenchTV, Statutory construction in workers compensation claims, 2018
• Bar Bulletin, ACT Bar Association publication
– February 2014, at 10 – Heffernan v Comcare [2014] FCAFC 2: is an automobile medical treatment?
– Nov/Dec 2013, at 16 – Comcare v PVYW [2014] HCA 41.
– May 2013, at 9 – High Court to review workers’ compensation employment test.
• ACT Bar CPD Conference
– 2013, Concurrent Evidence, presentation with the President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Kerr J).
– 2014, Special Leave Applications in the High Court of Australia.