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Peter Shields, Peter Shields Lawyers

Peter is arguably the most academically qualified and experienced criminal defence lawyer practicing in Queensland.

Peter holds a Master of Laws with a major in public law (QUT), a Bachelor of Laws (QUT) and a Diploma in Legal Practice (Bond).

He is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, as a Barrister and Solicitor of New Zealand and is entered in the Register of Practitioners of the High Court of Australia.

Peter is a Queensland Law Society accredited specialist in criminal law and a member of the Queensland Law Society criminal law section committee and specialist accreditation committee for criminal law.

Peter has been working in the criminal justice system since 1984.

He joined the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 1984 and attained the rank of Detective Sergeant. During his time with the QPS Peter spent over ten years as a Detective investigating serious, major and organised crime. He spent three years in the homicide squad and over two years in each of the armed robbery squad and sexual offences squad as well as working in major crime. As a Detective Sergeant Peter spent considerable time lecturing trainee detectives at the Queensland Police Academy on how to investigate serious, major and organised crime.

Upon his resignation from the QPS Peter commenced work as a private solicitor specialising in the area of criminal law.

Peter has a reputation for meticulous preparation and attention to detail.

This is evidenced by his appearances before the High Court of Australia, Supreme Courts, District Courts and Magistrates Courts both throughout Australia and New Zealand. Peter is experienced in high profile cases and is adept at dealing with the resultant media interest in such cases in a way which protects his client’s privacy and portrays their case in the best light.

Peter has presented papers throughout numerous conferences including to the Supreme Court Justices of Queensland. He is one of the few solicitors in Queensland who is asked to speak on behalf of the Queensland Law Society in relation to criminal practice and procedure in Queensland.