Peter Bates' Background
After completing his legal studies with the Solicitors and Barristers Admission Board, while working full time as a Clerk in the Courts Administration, Mr Bates was admitted as a Solicitor in 1998. He received his Diploma at a Ceremony at Sydney University.
Mr Bates was then seconded to the Newcastle Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions were he first task was to prepare matters for trial in the Supreme and District Courts. He then instructed the Crown Prosecutors in the running of those trials. These trials involved some of the State’s most serious crimes, such as murder, robberies and sexual assaults. Also during this period Mr Bates attended many sessions where affective Advocacy was taught.
Combining all of these experiences, Mr Bates then began his career as an Advocate. Over the following years Mr Bates ran hundreds of hearings before Magistrate’s in the Local and Children’s Court all over NSW. The number of sentence hearings and Appeal matters that Mr Bates has conducted before Judges in the District Court would run into the thousands.
As well as developing Advocacy skills Mr Bates has also developed an extensive legal and practical understanding of all the legislation applicable to the area of criminal law, including legislation covering criminal offences, drug offences, traffic offences, Apprehended Violence Orders, and Police powers.
If you have been charged with any criminal offence, and you want to make sure that all relevant aspects of your matter are fought for and taken into account, then you want an experienced Advocate looking after your interests, so contact Mr Bates.