Peter Cotter

Mentor and Lawyer

Bachelor of Laws with Honours
Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Diploma Information Services
Certificate IV Training and Assessment

At Leo Cussen

Peter is a Mentor in Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the online course. He shares topic coordination responsibility with Claire Humble for the Client Lawyer Interview Program and is also responsible for the Consumer Law practice and Employment and Industrial Relations Law practice topics. As part of his role, Peter teaches in small group sessions with trainees in the intensive foundation skills module at the commencement of the course.

In addition to his role at Leo Cussen, he continues to work part-time as a legal practitioner at a Community Legal Centre where, among other things, he supervises and manages legal and para-legal volunteers. His legal practice is general in nature and focuses on dispute resolution, consumer law, civil litigation, family law and criminal law.


Before Leo Cussen

As a lawyer, Peter has worked and volunteered in the community legal sector for a number of years. He has extensive experience in designing and conducting training sessions for lawyers and para-legal staff, particularly in the area of legal research. Peter also has experience in information management and worked as a law librarian before entering legal practice.



Peter is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and of Fitzroy Legal Service.


Achievements/Special Interests

Peter has a long-standing commitment to social justice through community legal education, self-help and empowerment via the community legal sector. In keeping with this commitment, he is the current author of a chapter “Neighbours and Noise” of the Fitzroy Legal Service’s, The Law Handbook.

He has a particular interest in course development and design and is always working to improve the learning experience of his trainees in the PLT program.