Prior to establishing and commencing private practice , I served as a police officer and police prosecutor for NSW Police Force.
Whilst working as a police prosecutor for a number of years, I gained substantial experience on a daily basis in a very large area of the Criminal Law and Traffic Law. I conducted hundreds Local Court hearings, guilty pleas, sentencing matters and bail applications.
During my career as a prosecutor, I appeared at various regional and metropolitan Local Courts throughout New South Wales.
As a police officer and prosecutor, I enjoyed helping the community and working closely with the various Local Area Command(s); I had accomplished some personal goals such as successfully prosecuting violent assaults, fraud cases, drug matters, firearms offences and other serious crimes and it was time for a change. The other side of the bar table has its own rewards, too; helping members of the community get a fair and just outcome at Court.
Now, as a criminal defence lawyer, I defend people I might formerly have prosecuted. This is not uncommon in the legal field. There are Judges, Magistrates and other renown barristers and lawyers who’ve made similar career changes.
For me, helping members of the community get access to justice and obtain a fair and just outcome at Court comes naturally. These principles have been instilled in my mind from the start of my legal career by my mentor, former NSW Attorney-General and Supreme Court Judge, the late Jeff Shaw, QC. He had a profound influence on my early professional development and was formative of my views on approaching law.
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I have always tried to look at a legal case from all sides. I learned to handle ambiguity and understood that there are different ways to interpret people’s actions.
I do believe that there are truly two sides to every story. The majority of the people I saw in courts were not career criminals; they were people with mental illness, people with drug(s) dependencies, homeless people, or people who just made a mistake and did not properly consider the consequences of their actions beforehand. Some of them are innocent.
It is that insight that drives me now when working as a defence criminal lawyer. I know that good people can find themselves in a bad set of circumstances.
My aim is to provide the highest quality legal representation, advocacy and advice in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Publications and Submissions
I am a co-author with the former NSW Attorney-General and Supreme Court Judge, the late Jeff Shaw, QC in the prestigious Australian Law Journal, Thomson Reuters, vol 83, number 2, CRIMINAL LAW; ” Defence of honest and reasonable mistake “.