Peter Lange FCIArb

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Peter Lange FCIArb

Call 2001


  • Crime
  • Extradition
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Peter maintains a truly international practice. In addition to practising from Great James Street Chambers, he maintains Chambers in Sydney. He also provides advice on all areas of the common law in Germany and, as of Counsel to the law firm Houri & Ghalayini, provides advice in the Middle East region.



Peter is regularly briefed in the most serious of criminal cases, both at trial and on appeal. Recently, he has developed a specialism in terrorism, having appeared in every terrorism trial in Sydney since 2005.

R v Hassan
Peter Lange secured an acquittal on a murder charge in the Supreme Court in Sydney on  the basis of provocation. Read more here

R v. Darwiche
Appearing on appeal on behalf of the reputed head of a crime syndicate who had been convicted of two counts of murder. The matter is presently on appeal to the High Court of Australia.

R v. BUSB; BUSB v. Director-General of Security
Appearing on behalf of a person accused of attempting to murder two police officers. The matter led to a Constitutional challenge to orders of the trial court relating to anonymous witnesses. Because of its significance, that argument was heard by a Bench of 5 Justices.

R v. Cheikho
Appearing for the defence of a person accused of conspiring to do acts in preparation for a terrorist act. The case was the longest criminal trial in Australian history.

R v. Ul-Haque
Appearing for the defence of a person accused of training with the terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba. The charges were withdrawn after the prosecution evidence was excluded. The case led to an enquiry concerning the actions of officers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

R v. Lodhi
Appearing for the defence of a person accused of planning terrorist acts within the Sydney region.



Peter regularly provides advice to persons, both within and outside of the jurisdiction, in relation to extradition proceedings. For example, he is presently acting on behalf of an individual detained in Thailand, who is charged with having conspired with one of Australia’s most senior police officers to import a vast quantity of pseudoephedrine.


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Peter accepts instructions to act as an arbitrator, having been officially accredited by the New South Wales Bar Association to act as an arbitrator.



  • New York (1999)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1999)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1999)
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit (1999)
  • England & Wales (2001)
  • Queensland (2001)
  • New South Wales (2001)
  • High Court of Australia (2001)
  • New Zealand (2001)
  • Germany (Rechtsanwaltskammer für den Oberlandesgerichtsbezirk München) (as foreign lawyer) (2002)



  • LL.M. – Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (2002)
  • LL.B. – University of London (2001)
  • B.C.L. – University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College (1999)
  • J.D. – Columbia University School of Law (1998)
  • B.Sc. – Columbia University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (1997)


Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Forum for International Arbitration
  • Young International Arbitration Group (London Court of International Arbitration)
  • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • British-German Jurists’ Association


After a 3-month trial, Peter secured the acquittal of a person charged with kidnapping and torture. Read more.

Peter Lange appears in the High Court of Australia in a Constitutional challenge to anti-consorting legislation. Read More.

Peter Lange was part of the team which successfully obtained on behalf of Uber a permanent injunction against a so-called Anti-Uber activist, prohibiting him from carrying out any further “citizens’ arrests” of Uber drivers. Uber BV v. Howarth [2017] NSWSC 54

Peter Lange successful in challenging decision to refuse parole on the ground of material being improperly withheld

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Peter Lange secures acquittal on appeal for popular political activist – Danny Lim v. R [2017] NSWDC 231

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Peter Lange has recently been recognised by the Doyle’s Guide as a leading member of the criminal Bar in New South Wales

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Peter Lange was instructed by the Finks Motorcycle Group to oppose the making of Serious Crime Prevention Orders under legislation not previously used in Australia against a number of its members.

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