Bar Roll –19th May, 1983
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Peter Harris came to the Bar in 1983 after several years working as a Senior Adviser in the Commonwealth Department of Labour, where he advised on legislative policy in the area of industrial relations.
At the Bar he accepts briefs as counsel in respect of industrial disputes, intra-union disputes and employment law matters in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Federal Court and in State courts exercising a common law jurisdiction.
He was counsel for the appellant in Gregory v Philip Morris (1988) 80 ALR 455, a decision which opened aspects of the law of employment to further development. He has co-authored articles on employment law with Sean Millard, Solicitor, namely: Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Law Institute Journal, (Workplace Relations Special Issue, 2004) and Union Rights of Entry to the Workplace, Law Institute Journal, (Workplace Relations Special Issue), November 2005. He has given presentations at Seminars conducted by the Leo Cussen Institute and the Law Institute of Victoria.
In recent times he has developed a practice with respect to professional registration and disciplinary tribunals. He has appeared as Counsel assisting the Victorian Institute of Teaching and is a Chairperson of a Discipline Appeals Board in the Education Sector.
Having read with Russell Byard (now a Senior Member of VCAT) Peter developed an interest in local government law, in particular in prosecuting for local authorities in matters in the Food Act and the Health Act. He also developed a general practice in criminal law in the Magistrates and County courts and appeared as junior counsel on appeal in R v. Vollmer & Ors  1 VR 95.
Peter has wide experience in administrative tribunals and administrative law generally, both as an advocate and as a member of tribunals. He has been a member of the Refugee Review Tribunal, the Migration Review Tribunal and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal.