Professor Peter Butt


Consultant Legal Trainer


Peter runs our specialist legal workshops with clients such as Corrs Chambers Westgarth, WorkCover NSW and Gilbert + Tobin.

His wealth of experience covers all forms of legal writing from advices to transaction documents. He is also an expert in property and land law.

Peter has 30 years of experience in teaching and legal practice. He is admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia and is an honorary member of the UK's Inner Temple, one of the 4 Inns of Court.

He has been a consultant for King & Wood Mallesons and the Australian Government, as well as institutions in Uganda, Mongolia and Dubai.

Peter was a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney and Founding Director of the Centre for Plain Legal Language there.

During his career, Peter has also held visting appointments at the universities of Cambridge and Bristol in the UK and Vanderbilt University in the USA.

Professional qualifications

  • Doctor of Laws (University of Sydney)
  • Master of Laws (University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney)


Peter has co-authored 2 books on legal drafting: Modern Legal Drafting (3rd edition, 2013) and Piesse’s Elements of Drafting (10th edition, 2004). He is co-editor of Butterworths’ Australian Legal Dictionary and is well known for his publications in land law and conveyancing.

Peter has delivered papers on legal drafting and land law at conferences around the world, from Ireland to Hong Kong.

He is a past president of Clarity, the international association for plain legal language. And at PLAIN 2009, he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award recognising his pioneering efforts in this field.

 Our clients say

Professor Butt is clearly an expert on legal drafting and I felt very engaged throughout. All lawyers should attend this workshop.

Lawyer, international law firm

Peter had an informal and friendly demeanour, which put me at ease and encouraged participants to speak freely.

Lawyer, international law firm