Peter McLeod graduated Bachelor of Laws (Llb.) from the University of Melbourne in 1979, and has been practicing as a Barrister & Solicitor since 1980. After graduating Peter completed his Articles in the Legal Department of the then Gas & Fuel Corporation of Victoria. He then worked as a Solicitor for a year at Sewells in Colac, conducting mainly conveyancing files, and then returned to Melbourne to work for Sayers & Buller in Glenroy, Victoria, for 3 years running that firm’s motor vehicle collision practice. Peter then went to work for 3 years for Campbell Grace & Co., Richmond, where he was responsible for all of that firm’s Common Law Personal Injury & Worker’s Compensation matters. In addition Peter also gained invaluable experience conducting both criminal and family law matters at both Sayers & Buller and Campbell Grace & Co.
In 1987 Peter sat for the Solicitors Prize Examination then conducted by the Law Institute of Victoria, and was awarded Second Place. This competition was open for all Solicitors in Victoria under the age of 30 and consisted of a 3 hour written examination and an oral examination conducted by a panel of senior Solicitors appointed by the Law Institute, to test the legal knowledge and skills of young Victorian Solicitors. Several hundred Solicitors would sit the exam each year. Peter understands that he was beaten for First Place by only a few points, a matter which has been of great annoyance to him over the years.
In 1987 Peter also left Sayers & Buller, and established his own legal practice in Glenroy. In 1995 the partners of Sayers & Buller went their separate ways and Peter was invited to go into partnership with Mr. Buller to form Buller McLeod Lawyers.