Peter Dooley started his legal career with the Courts of Petty Sessions where he worked until 1971. He then joined Paul Matthews and later Graham Gibson to form Matthews Dooley & Gibson, Solicitors at Blacktown. After a short period as a sole practitioner at Penrith he worked with Lamrocks before being called to the Bar in 1986, where he was a founding member of Lachlan Macquarie Chambers. He practiced in a number of areas before settling on Personal Injury Law. He was an Arbitrator with the District Court for a number of years. A much admired and respected member, Peter Dooley remained a charismatic personality in chambers until his retirement in 2012.