Two heads are better than one: the Law of Two-Up in New South Wales

The game of two-up is a particularly Australian social event. It is an uncomplicated form of gambling, often accompanied by drinking. It is an old game with origins in the United Kingdom, where it was formerly known as ‘pitch & toss’. It was popularised over a century ago by the return of our mass volunteer […]

Breaking the chains: Queensland’s move toward decriminalising sex workers

In Queensland, the sex work industry is pointed on the edge of a ground-breaking transformation as the government contemplates the implementation of the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s recommendations. These proposed changes, which include decriminalising sex work, revising advertising regulations, and providing anti-discrimination protections, have the potential to significantly improve the lives of sex workers and […]

Criminal defence of visa holders, and the integrated representation of client matters

Criminal defence lawyers strive to achieve justice and fairness for their clients every day. Many clients have additional adverse outcomes likely to occur after a conviction. But, for some clients receiving convictions and sentences, their outcomes are often more than financial or occupational.For low-level recidivist Australian citizens, it can often unfortunately simply be a matter […]

Case Study: Successfully securing bail in a challenging and complex court matter

Recently, our Partner and Accredited Specialist, Paul Blake, appeared at Burwood Local Court for a bail application for our client in custody who was charged with seven serious offences, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, supplying a prohibited drug above the indictable quantity, and dealing with suspected proceeds of crime of more than $1,000,000 in […]

Case Study – A Very Average Unpredictable Day at Burwood Local Court

Our newest addition to our criminal defence team here in Sydney, Emily Wood-Ward, had a challenging start to her sentencing hearing at Burwood Local Court. The client was an older man charged with one count of intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm pursuant to section 13 Crimes (Domestic and Personal […]

Case Study: A successfully defended hearing with everything dismissed

Earlier this month, our criminal defence lawyer, Ellyse Kwan, represented a client in court facing charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault. The prosecution sought to rely on five police witnesses to substantiate their case. During the hearing, a meticulous and planned line of questioning was used to highlight inconsistencies among the […]

Be Careful Who You Work For

Buried in the Commonwealth Criminal Code is the lesser-known offence of “Dishonestly cause a risk of loss to a Commonwealth entity”. The maximum penalty on indictment is a massive 10 years’ imprisonment (Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) s 135.4(5)). Let’s recap what the offence involves here: a risk of loss. There’s no need to […]

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