Pieter joined TurksLegal in 1981 and is a Consultant in our Commercial group.
Pieter is the former Managing Partner of TurksLegal. As a Partner, he established our Commercial group and was its Practice Head for many years.
Pieter is a recognised leader in the area of commercial litigation, with nearly 40 years of experience in dealing with commercial disputes and insolvency administrations.
Pieter’s corporate clients have spanned a number of sectors including banking and finance, manufacturing and construction. His expertise in insolvency law is reflected in the fact that he has represented several leading insolvency practitioners.
Pieter has been involved in a number of leading cases spanning many years and a diverse range of topics. Examples of the breadth of Pieter’s practice include:
- Acting for the successful plaintiff in the first ever insolvent trading claim: Pioneer Concrete Pty Ltd v Ellston (1985) 10 ACLR 289.
- Acting for successful insurer in the case which established the law concerning challenges to premium calculations under the NSW WorkCover scheme: Employer’s Mutual Indemnity (Workers Compensation) Ltd v A Donald Pty Ltd  NSWSC 501.
- Representing WorkCover in the precedent case concerning reinstatement of deregistered companies: WorkCover Authority of New South Wales v Picton Truck & Trailer Repairs Pty Ltd  NSWCA 371.
- Representing WorkCover in the first ever successfully contested claim against culpable directors under the WorkCover Scheme: WorkCover v Tucker  NSWDC 226.
- Representing creditors and insolvency practitioners in numerous insolvency administrations, covering a wide range of litigation and transactional work, including in 2015 & 2016 running a suite of unfair preference actions resulting from the collapse of Retail Adventures.
- Acting as lead lawyer on the negotiation and first ever sale of a jointly regulated Health Fund (and acting in related Federal Court proceedings to secure the establishment of the requisite scheme).
- Representing major employers in advising them on issues concerning workers compensation premium calculation, including advising on this aspect in several important mergers.
Pieter was admitted as a solicitor in 1979. He qualified as mediator in 1994 having completed the LEADR course. Since 1998 he has been accredited with the NSW Law Society as a specialist in commercial litigation. He has also been an examiner for the Commercial Litigation Law section of the NSW Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Board. For several years, Pieter served on the Law Society’s Litigation Law and Practice Committee. Pieter is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors diploma program (1997) and is a Fellow of the Institute.