Sydney lawyer Peter Lavac banned from using ‘LGOPNR’ number plates makes bid for Hollywood


The controversial ‘playboy’ lawyer who was banned from using ‘LGOPNR’ number plates on his yellow Lamborghini has announced he is destined for Hollywood.

Former barrister Peter Lavac, 75, recently made his silver screen debut playing a gangster named Seal in an independent short film titled ‘Crazy Love’. 

His gun-touting character is seen intimidating hostages in a large warehouse before fleeing the scene with woman in a sports car, not dissimilar to his own. 

The self-proclaimed narcissist said a screening of the indie film held at the upmarket cocktail bar Toto on the NSW Central Coast had been packed out. 

Sydney lawyer Peter Lavac, 75, (right) stars as a gangster in a new indie film titled ‘Crazy Love’

In a speech thanking Karina Lee who produced and starred in the film he proclaimed it was ‘much more fun playing a gangster than it is defending one in court’, new.com.au reports. 

He said Ms Lee had seen his potential to play the low-life hoodlum when she watched him enjoy some KFC chicken and quickly scouted him for the role. 

The Sydney lawyer also announced he was seeking opportunities in Hollywood where a production company wanted to film a movie about his colourful life. 

Mr Lavac said he was in the process of interviewing potential candidates to ghost write a book that would be used to immortalise his achievements. 

It comes after the self-declared playboy lost his court battle to keep his number plates ‘LGOPNR’ on his canary yellow Lamborghini ending months of a bitter dispute.

Peter Lavac has lost his court battle to keep his number plates 'LGOPNR' on his Lamborghini

Peter Lavac has lost his court battle to keep his number plates ‘LGOPNR’ on his Lamborghini

The 75-year-old was supported by a much-younger glamorous blonde model as he walked into court to hear the outcome of his appeal last December.

Mr Lavac had been locked in a feud since August 2020 with Transport NSW over the number plates, which are an abbreviation of the controversial phrase ‘leg opener’. 

His registration was cancelled in November and his number plates were stripped from his Lamborghini.

Mr Lavac launched an appeal to keep the plates, arguing they were a ‘tongue in cheek, funny, humorous, taking the p*** tribute to my reputation as a playboy’.

But Magistrate Greg Elks sided with authorities and shot down the appeal, deeming the number plates offensive, according to 7 News.

The Sydney lawyer was supported by a much-younger model as he walked into court to hear the outcome of his appeal last December

The Sydney lawyer was supported by a much-younger model as he walked into court to hear the outcome of his appeal last December

Mr Lavac had been locked in a feud with Transport NSW since August 2020 over the number plates, which are an abbreviation of the phrase 'leg opener'

Mr Lavac had been locked in a feud with Transport NSW since August 2020 over the number plates, which are an abbreviation of the phrase ‘leg opener’

Mr Lavac was informed by Transport NSW in a letter in August 2020 that he had to hand back his ‘LGOPNR’ plates on his canary yellow Lamborghini. 

He successfully fought the order in court as it was written under the wrong legislation.

He continued to drive his supercar with the controversial plate.

Mr Lavac received another letter in October 2020 and had been gearing up for round two against the bureaucracy, despite backlash on social media.

The letter again stated he needed to hand in the offensive plates or his registration would be cancelled, but Mr Lavac and his legal team sent another appeal.   

Mr Lavac was pulled over by a police patrol vehicle just 200 metres from his Manly home before stripping the plates from his car on December 4, The Daily Telegraph reports. 

‘The officer told me he received an email from his boss directing him to stop me and seize my plates as my rego had been cancelled,’ he said.

Mr Lavac launched an appeal to keep the plates, arguing they are a 'tongue in cheek, funny, humorous, taking the p*** tribute to my reputation as a playboy'

Mr Lavac launched an appeal to keep the plates, arguing they are a ‘tongue in cheek, funny, humorous, taking the p*** tribute to my reputation as a playboy’

Peter Lavac has lost his appeal to keep his number plates 'LGOPNR' following months of feuding with Transport NSW

Peter Lavac has lost his appeal to keep his number plates ‘LGOPNR’ following months of feuding with Transport NSW

A glamorous model, sporting a red dress, accompanied Mr Lavac to the court to hear the outcome of the appeal last December

A glamorous model, sporting a red dress, accompanied Mr Lavac to the court to hear the outcome of the appeal last December

Back-up was called while Mr Lavac showed the officers his court papers about the appeal, but three more police officers arrived.

‘I thought it was a bit of overkill,’ Mr Lavac said.

‘They must have feared I was going to engage them in a wild west gun fight and then escape by speeding off in my high powered racing car.’ 

Police ended up winning the dispute, fiddling with screwdrivers to remove the plates.

Mr Lavac was not allowed to drive the car to his garage 200 metres away and was forced to call a tow truck.

He said the ‘fat cat desk jockeys and overxealous cops have balls’ to go ‘after’ him for ‘trivial mickey mouse bullsh*t’.    

Renowned Sydney lawyer Peter Lavac was informed in a Transport NSW letter in August that he had to hand back the plates on his canary yellow Lamborghini

Renowned Sydney lawyer Peter Lavac was informed in a Transport NSW letter in August that he had to hand back the plates on his canary yellow Lamborghini

Arguing the original letter, Mr Lavac said that ’99 out of 100 people’ would have no clue that the plates referred to ‘leg opener’ which was thought up during a chat with mates as a ‘tongue in cheek’ nod to his reputation as a ladies man. 

‘How on earth can recreational sex between consenting adults ever be offensive or demeaning in any way, shape or form?’ he previously said. 

Earlier this year, Mr Lavac revealed what had replaced the infamous plates – ‘XXLEGO’, or ‘extra large ego’.

The former barrister in October starred in a SBS Insight episode about narcissists hosted by Kumi Taguchi.  

High profile barrister Peter Lavac was ordered by Transport NSW to hand in his customised number plates (pictured), which read LGOPNR, after they were deemed too offensive because the letters stood for 'leg opener'

High profile barrister Peter Lavac was ordered by Transport NSW to hand in his customised number plates (pictured), which read LGOPNR, after they were deemed too offensive because the letters stood for ‘leg opener’

‘I take it as a compliment,’ he said in reference to being called egotistical. 

‘I don’t see anything particular sinister or evil in being a narcissist. This bulls*** that the meek shall inherit the Earth, that just doesn’t happen.

‘I’ve never met a millionaire, or a high-powered CEO, or a world-class athlete who didn’t have a massive ego, who had low self esteem.’

Mr Lavac, a former Crown Prosecutor in Hong Kong where he helped put Triad gang members behind bars, has vowed to fight the ‘bureaucratic bullies’ on the basis of free-speech. 

Tara McCarthy, the Transport NSW safety, environment and regulation deputy secretary, told news.com.au they remained intent on forcing Mr Lavac to hand back the plates – hence the second letter. 

Mr Lavac is not one to back down from a challenge and has an impressive history of achievements both in and out of the courtroom. 

In 1971 while a university student he saved a father and son from drowning while he was a lifeguard at Sydney’s Queenscliff Beach. 

Mr Lavac received another letter in October 2020 and has been gearing up for round two against the bureaucracy, despite backlash on social media

Mr Lavac received another letter in October 2020 and has been gearing up for round two against the bureaucracy, despite backlash on social media

Four years later in 1975 while working as a bouncer at Sydney Hilton’s George Adams bar he disarmed a gunman by grabbing his wrist and then slamming him to the marble floor, knocking him unconscious.  

The man, as it turns out had an extensive criminal history, with Mr Lavac saying he acted on ‘instinct and adrenaline’. 

Six years later he saved the life of a judge at Darlinghurst Court after tackling a prisoner who was being sentenced and jumped out of the dock and charged toward the man threatening to kill him.  

He later moved to Hong Kong in 1986 and worked as a Crown Prosecutor where he was ‘locking up Triad gang members’ including kingpin Cheung Tze-keung who had a reputation for kidnapping the sons of tycoons for ransom. 

Mr Lavac races his bright yellow Lamborghini on race tracks as a hobby when out of the courtroom

Mr Lavac races his bright yellow Lamborghini on race tracks as a hobby when out of the courtroom 

Mr Lavac set a world record in 1990 after he led a six-person team to victory on an epic voyage from Hong Kong to the Philippines, a distance of 900km.  

In 2008, he became ill while training for a surf competition with what he thought was a bad case of the flu turning out to be lung cancer on his upper right lobe. 

Following a major operation that removed 30 per cent of his lung the former athlete made a full recovery he proved to himself by returning to the benchpress. 

Eventually he returned to Sydney where he spends his days ‘trying to stay out of the courtroom’ so he can focus on his other interests such as racing his Lambo and hitting the gym. 

The playboy lifestyle, however, he claims to have left behind being happily married to his third wife. 

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