Peter Schmidt practices in family and criminal law and has more than ten years of general legal experience. Peter also has a keen interest and knowledge of agricultural issues, as a self-employed rural operator for over 35 years with qualifications in Agriculture Management.
During his farming career which spans more than 50 years, Peter became interested in international and law and environmental law while working for a company involved in exporting livestock and meat.
Admitted as a solicitor in 2004, Peter now focuses the majority of his time to criminal and family law matters. Peter is a committed practitioner who is empathetic and enjoys the dynamic and spirited nature of criminal law, and being able to assist his clients throughout the legal process. His wide-spanning experience includes appearing as Instructing Counsel in the High Court of Australia representing a rural producer who was prosecuted by the RSPCA in an animal cruelty matter.
With many years working in rural and regional environments, Peter thoroughly understands rural issues and can relate to a range of clients, especially those living on the land. His clients benefit from his expertise on agriculture and agribusiness matters, including his negotiation of settlements in land clearing and vegetation cases.
A member of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Peter is still involved in various rural activities including farming his own property at Walcha. In his free time, Peter values the opportunity to do pro bono legal work for the Walcha Rugby Club, the Walcha Memorial Club and for disadvantaged members of the Walcha community.