Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

 Meet the Counsel Assisting

Peter Callaghan SC

Peter Callaghan SCSenior Counsel Assisting Peter Callaghan SC was admitted as a Barrister in 1986. He has previously worked as a Crown Prosecutor for the Commonwealth, ACT and Queensland Directors of Public Prosecutions until 1995, and has been in practice at the Bar since then. Mr Callaghan was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2004. In 2011 he was appointed as Counsel Assisting in the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry. His other areas of practice include criminal law, appellate, administrative law, civil and human rights, discriminations, inquests, commissions of inquiry and statutory tribunals.

Tony McAvoy SC

Tony McAvoy SCSenior Counsel Assisting Tony McAvoy SC was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW in January 2000 and was appointed as Senior Counsel in September 2015. He is the first indigenous Australian to be appointed as Senior Counsel in any Australian state or territory. He has a strong native title practice and has appeared for claimants in numerous successful land claims. His areas of practice also include administrative law, human rights and discrimination law, coronial inquests and criminal law. Mr McAvoy was an Acting Part-Time Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court between 2011 and 2013.

Peter Morrissey SC

Peter Morrissey SCSenior Counsel Assisting Peter Morrissey SC was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1994 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2009. He has recently completed a three-year term as Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association and has served on the Ethics Committee. Mr Morrissey is experienced in all aspects of the criminal process, appeal work, Coroners hearings and administrative law matters. He has advised on and appeared in complex challenges to administrative action and has conducted enquiries and advised upon legislation with human rights implications. Mr Morrisey is also experienced in all aspects of international criminal law.