Peter McMullin

Special Counsel
Melbourne

Legal Expertise

Expertise

Over the 25 odd years he has spent running a legal practice, Peter has been fortunate enough to experience a wide-ranging, high-profile legal career. As special counsel for Cornwalls, Peter prides himself on facilitating meaningful connections between like-minded individuals and businesses – which is designed to improve outcomes for the firm and its clients.

Currently, Peter is the honorary consul of Timor-Leste and Georgia, and will be promoting exciting opportunities available to Australians through these associations.

Throughout the years, Peter has been engaged in various prominent community and organisational leadership roles, and he possesses a keen interest in community affairs. He also has high-level expertise in commercial and financial management, and is an experienced consultant and mediator across the public and private sectors.

As an avid philanthropist, Peter collaborates with individuals and organisations to maximise the impact of his contributions in the areas of the Arts and Creative Industries, International Cooperation, and the Indigenous and Education sectors.

Peter is past President of the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI). In 2003, he was awarded the Centenary Medal.

Experience

  • Director, McMullin Group of Companies (1985 – present)

  • Chairman, McMullin Group of Companies (2015 – present)

  • Senior Consultant, HWL Ebsworth (2002 – 2008)

  • Mayor/Councillor, City of Greater Geelong (2004 – 2008)

  • Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne (1996 – 1999)

  • Solicitor to the Public Advocate, Office of the Public Advocate (1990 – 1993)

  • Commonwealth and State Tribunal Member (1985 – 1996)

PRO BONO AND COMMUNITY WORK

Peter has been involved in various community organisations throughout his career, including his position as Secretary for the Victorian Council of Social Services, and as a Board Member for the Action and Resource Centre for Low Income Families and for Philanthropy Australia. Peter is also a former Chair of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, former Deputy President of the Museums Board of Victoria and former Board Member and President of the Geelong Art Gallery.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria

  • Director, Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre (ADRC)

  • Vice-President, Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI)

  • Board Member, Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)

  • Board Member, WorkSafe Victoria

  • Senior International Business Adviser to the Foreign Minister of Timor Leste

  • Honorary Consul of Timor-Leste

  • Member, Audit Committee and International Projects Committee, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

  • Board Member, National Portrait Gallery of Australia

  • Member, B20 Turkey 2015 Trade Taskforce

  • Judge, ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, Paris, France

  • Former Chair, Trade and International Affairs Committee of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • Honorary Consul for Georgia, Victoria

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (the University of Melbourne)

  • Bachelor of Commerce (the University of Melbourne)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Victoria

More Information

“My aim is to connect our clients with the right people. I focus on understanding our clients’ needs and businesses, and use this understanding to facilitate strong relationships and networks across key industry sectors.”