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BANNISTERS

CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYERS    

RESULTS.

2023 Doyle's Guide Ranking:

Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Solicitor

2022 Doyle's Guide Ranking:

Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Solicitor

2021 Doyle's Guide Ranking: 

Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Solicitor

2020 Doyle's Guide Ranking: 

Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Solicitor

Leading Criminal Defence Firm

Criminal Law Rising Star

2019 Doyle's Guide Ranking:

Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Solicitor

2018 Doyle's Guide Ranking: 

Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Solicitor

Welcome
to Bannisters Lawyers

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OUR PEOPLE

 Meet the team below, and call us for a free consultation about your criminal law matter.

ABIGAIL BANNISTER
PRINCIPAL LAWYER

Ph: 0448 880060

ab@bannisterslawyers.com.au

Twenty-seven years in criminal law.

2023 Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Lawyer NSW (Doyles Guide to Criminal Lawyers) - Abigail Bannister

https://doylesguide.com/leading-criminal-defence-lawyers-sydney-2023/

2022 Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Lawyer NSW (Doyles Guide to Criminal Lawyers) - Abigail Bannister - 

2021 Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Lawyer NSW (Doyles Guide to Criminal Lawyers) - Abigail Bannister

https://doylesguide.com/leading-criminal-defence-lawyers-sydney-2021/

2020 Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Lawyer NSW (Doyles Guide to Criminal Lawyers) - Abigail Bannister

https://doylesguide.com/leading-criminal-defence-lawyers-australia-2020/

2019 Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Lawyer NSW (Doyles Guide to Criminal Lawyers) - Abigail Bannister

https://doylesguide.com/leading-criminal-defence-lawyers-new-south-wales-2019/

2018 Pre-eminent Criminal Defence Lawyer NSW (Doyles Guide to Criminal Lawyers) - Abigail Bannister

https://doylesguide.com/leading-criminal-defence-lawyers-new-south-wales-2018/

2017 Leading Criminal Defence Lawyer NSW (Doyles Guide to Criminal Lawyers) - Abigail Bannister

https://doylesguide.com/leading-criminal-defence-lawyers-new-south-wales-2017/

2016 Leading Criminal Defence Lawyer NSW (Doyles Guide to Criminal Lawyers) - Abigail Bannister

https://doylesguide.com/leading-criminal-defence-lawyers-sydney-2016/

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SERAE KOPRA
SOLICITOR

Ph: 0433 338 922

sk@bannisterslawyers.com.au

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ANDREW MILNE
SOLICITOR
Ph: 0432 860 908 am@bannisterslawyers.com.au
GEMMA RIDLEY
SOLICITOR

Ph: 0492 907 038

gr@bannisterslawyers.com.au

DAMIAN SCALONE
LAW CLERK
Ph: 0490 116 042 clerk@bannisterslawyers.com.au

ROJINA PARCHIZADEH
LAW CLERK
Ph: 0478 767 793 clerk@bannisterslawyers.com.au

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PRACTICE

AREAS

  • Murder, manslaughter, unlawful killing

  • Drug offences  -manufacture /supply /possession

  • Drug importation matters

  • Terrorism

  • Firearms/prohibited weapons offences, and objections to firearm prohibition orders

  • Fraud/White collar crime/Social Security fraud

  • Assaults/Wounding/Grievous bodily harm/violence 

  • Robbery, armed robbery, stealing, dishonesty offences

  • Break and enter

  • Fraud and white collar crime

  • Identity theft

  • DUI and PCA’s (drink drive/drug drive offences)

  • Licence Appeals

  • Traffic matters

  • Apprehended domestic & personal violence orders (AVO’s)

  • Offences before Commissions

  • Contempt of Court

  • Appeals against Local Court decisions

  • Appeals against conviction and/or sentence from the District Court

  • Appeals against sentence imposed 

  • Appeal to the High Court of Australia

TRIALS
In the Supreme Court of NSW, District Court of NSW, Local Courts of NSW
TRIBUNAL & COMMISSION HEARINGS 

NSW Crime Commission

Australian Crime Commission/ACIC

Royal Commissions

Mental Health Review Tribunal

National Anti-Corruption Commission

TRIBUNAL  HEARINGS 

NSW Crime Commission

Australian Crime Commission

Royal Commissions

Mental Health Review Tribunal

BAILS

In the Supreme Court, District Court and Local Courts.

Bail pending trial, hearing or appeal.

APPEALS
To the District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeal & High Court of Australia
SENTENCE HEARINGS
Preparation and appearances on sentence hearings aimed at minimising any  sentence.  
ARRESTS & Police liaison
  
PAROLE
Appearances before State Parole Authority and liaison with SPA and DCS
ACTIONS AGAINST THE STATE/AGAINST POLICE
 
EXTRADITION & INTERPOL 
International and interstate extradition and  liaison with Interpol for Red Notices
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OUR VISION & IDENTITY

We are passionate about protecting the rights of an accused against the powers of government: the police, DPP and other  prosecuting authorities, who often seek to imprison, restrict  and coerce the individual. 

Bannisters Lawyers is a Sydney based law firm practising exclusively in criminal law. The firm is headed by Abigail Bannister who has over 20 years experience practising in criminal law. Abigail is supported by a dedicated and experienced team of passionate lawyers and support staff.  We practice across all jurisdictions including the Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court and  the High Court of Australia in defended hearings, trials, sentence hearings, appeals, and other matters. We are members of the Legal Aid Serious Crime Panel, Legal Aid Indictable Panel and Legal Aid  General Crime  panels. We are predominantly and extensively engaged in defence of allegations of serious crime.

We represent accused from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, including the privileged and under privileged. We are passionate about remedying disadvantage in our community and  offer pro-bono assistance for Aboriginal Australians and other disadvantaged persons where appropriate. 

We also appear regularly before Tribunals, Commissions  and Boards including the State Parole Authority, NSW Crime Commission, Australian Crime Commission,  and Mental Health Review Tribunal.

We have appeared in many in some of this State and the country’s most notorious criminal trials/appeals including trials for murder, organised criminal gang activities, terrorism large-scale drug importations, drug manufacture and supply. We also act in large and complex white collar fraud matters.

We have access to a large  database of specialist experts to assist in supporting a defence including senior counsel, junior counsel, psychiatrists, psychologists, forensic pathologists, blood splatter, neurologists, cyber & IT experts, data recovery & computer analysis, telephone and network specialists, DNA, Drug and drug analysis Scientific, Analytical accounting and those with any other fields of expertise.

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ATTORNEYS
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CONTACT

BANNISTERS

LAWYERS

PRINCIPAL ADDRESS

We are located at suite 203 on Level 2 of the heritage-listed National Building. 

 

203/250 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

E: info@bannisterslawyers.com.au / clerk@bannisterslawyers.com.au
T:  02  8068 0630

F:  02 8068 0631

For any general inquiries, please contact us on the numbers above or fill in the following contact form:

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