Areas of expertise:
Paul has developed a particular expertise in representing clients charged with child pornography/exploitation offences, including possession, production and distribution of such material. He has appeared as solicitor-advocate on a number of sentence hearings in the District Court, and also collaborates with experienced barristers on more complex matters.
Paul’s clients have benefitted from his doggedness in challenging the police categorisation of picture and video files. He is willing to do what most other solicitors are reluctant (or otherwise simply fail) to do, namely, insist on a viewing of the relevant material, and challenging the tally and categorisation of picture/video files alleged by the police. His efforts in that regard have resulted in a number of his clients receiving non-custodial sentences when, had the police tally and categorisation gone unchallenged, sentences of actual imprisonment would almost certainly have been imposed.
Paul understands that a person who is charged with a child exploitation/pornography offence does not go to a lawyer to be judged. Being charged with such an offence can be extremely stressful and embarrassing, which is why Paul treats all of his clients with the utmost respect, courtesy and dignity. He also provides his clients with invaluable advice on steps which can be taken, such as engaging in counselling, which can not only assist in getting through the court process, but which can also assist to obtain the most favourable outcome possible.
Police powers of search – challenging the lawfulness of police searches
Paul also has a special interest and expertise in the area of police powers of search. Armed with that knowledge, he has secured acquittals (and has also succeeded in having prosecutions discontinued pre-trial) for people charged with serious drug and weapons offences.
In 2013, he presented a paper at the Queensland Law Society Gold Coast Symposium advising fellow practitioners on how to challenge the lawfulness of “emergent” police searches.
It is Paul’s experience that many police officers either do not fully understand their lawful powers of search, or conduct searches which exceed their powers. If police have located drugs, weapons, DNA evidence or anything illegal in your car, house, or workplace, Paul suggests that you contact him immediately.
Paul is an A grade golfer, a member of Arundel Hills Country Club, and enjoys playing amateur tournaments throughout Brisbane and Gold Coast. He is married with a young daughter who, much to his chagrin, shares little of his interest in golf!