About Peter


Peter practices primarily in criminal law, in local and district courts. His trial experience includes: assault; break and enter; larceny; armed robbery; kidnapping and sexual assault.

He also specializes in personal injury, and particularly psychiatric injury caused as a result of historical abuse.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Peter was a high school music teacher for many years, and also worked with some of the most disadvantaged people in our society as a community worker in Redfern.

With a varied professional background and life experience, Peter is truly a gifted persuader, and fearless advocate.

Peter is the founder of the How to pass the bar exam course, which prepares lawyers to sit the bar exam.

Peter holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Technology, Sydney, a Masters of Education from Western Sydney University, a Masters in Leadership from the University of Manchester, a Bachelor of Musical Education from the NSW State Conservatorium of Music and Fellowship and Licentiate Diplomas in performance from the Trinity College (London).


Admitted as a Solicitor Supreme Court of NSW 2014
Admitted as a Barrister NSW 2014
Member Legal Aid Indictable Criminal Law Barrister Panel


Criminal Law (Commonwealth & State)
Personal injury (including psychiatric injury)
Wills and estates


Peter understands that legal matters can be stressful, and that uncertainty of costs could well add to that stress. Peter will discuss costs with you in the first conference.

The first one hour conference in chambers is FREE!

Peter will provide you with a costs agreement and costs disclosure specifying an estimate of total costs.

Fixed price agreements are possible – please talk to Peter about this

Peter Godkin is a leading barrister in Sydney and was called to the NSW bar in 2014. A criminal lawyer in Sydney, happy clients regard Peter Godkin as the best barrister in Sydney. Peter is a respected defence barrister in Sydney.

As a defence lawyer in Sydney, Peter Godkin has practised primarily criminal law in both the local courts and the district courts. As you would imagine, as one of the top criminal lawyers in Sydney, he has experienced cases ranging from armed robbery to kidnapping and sexual assault. Acting as a criminal barrister in Sydney, he has always worked with integrity and professionalism, endeavouring to seek justice for his clients.As one of the top criminal lawyers in Sydney, Peter has worked with disadvantaged people and has learnt to empathise with his clients.

As a Sydney criminal law specialist, he has also worked on personal injury, psychiatric injury and wills and estates.

Peter is a firm believer in justice, an advocate and a persuader, with barrister’s chambers in Sydney. As a barrister in Sydney, he strives to help others and is the founder of the “How to pass the bar exam” course. Regarded as a top defence lawyer in Sydney, he has been described as one of the best defence barristers in Sydney.

Of course, it is impossible to become a top criminal lawyer in Sydney if you don’t have a genuine passion and love for the profession. As a criminal lawyer in Sydney, you have to have faith in what you are doing and what you are trying to achieve. Being a criminal barrister in Sydney is undoubtedly stressful, but it is also incredibly rewarding, knowing that you are helping others to achieve justice and right any wrongs.

We appreciate that your circumstances may be “tricky” and sometimes sensitive, but as the best barrister in Sydney, I am used to handling all manner of cases. I will provide you with my honest, professional opinion and give you the best possible advice hoping that we can progress with your case together.

If you are searching for Sydney criminal lawyer specialists and don’t know which barristers chambers in Sydney to turn to in your time of need, then take the time to contact us. You can call us on 02 9223 3515, for urgent matters, 0435 965 017 or email me on godkin@criminallawbarrister.sydney. All calls will be treated with the strictest confidence, and we do all we can to provide you with any assistance that you may require.

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  After a difficult and abusive 10-year marriage, Peter’s client (wife and mother of 4) was charged with common assault. After.
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With a poor driving record including a previous licence suspension of 2 years, Peter’s client was charged with DUI. After hearing,.
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The client had an extensive criminal history. As the client committed an additional crime whilst currently serving a suspended sentence pursuant.
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The Accused and the victim were previously in a relationship of 11 years and separated 4 months prior to the incident..
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“When Peter represented me, the result he got was much better than I ever expected!” D.P.

“Peter offered me the chance to get fair and honest justice that no others would believe in.” R.S.

“After a shocking driving record, including a previous suspension for 2 years, I couldn’t believe it when Peter achieved only a 3 month suspension.” J.T.

“My sentence was 6 years shorter than I got last time. My Barrister shits gold!” P.G.