Why choose Emma Turnbull Lawyers?


We are Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law with the Law Institute of Victoria. We are not a jack of all trades firm, we are specialists, experts at what we do.

Unlike most law firms in Melbourne we are more than just mouth pieces. We take a holistic approach to your situation, appreciating what matters most to you and the importance of defending your rights.

We are discreet, will respect your right to confidentiality and support you throughout the process whatever your situation. We appreciate the need for discretion. We do not chase media attention and do not encourage our clients to engage in with the media – we have never seen such tactics end well for an accused person. We also understand that very often family members, friends, sometimes even spouses are not informed about a person’s criminal charges.

Our lawyers all have a deep understanding that there is always a backstory to how someone ends up before the Court or potentially charged with offences. We are Pragmatic, Honest and Understanding, we are here to support you through the process and not to pass judgement. 

Our industry knowledge and contacts mean that you will have the best criminal lawyers in Melbourne representing you.

Whether you are charged with driving charges, drug trafficking charges, sex offences, a council fine, drink driving, drug driving, breach intervention order, theft…the list goes on we are  here to help.

We are industry recognized having won multiple awards for our service to clients. The firm is annually acknowledged as an industry leader in Doyle’s Guide. Founding partner Emma Turnbull has been acknowledged as a leading criminal lawyer every year since the firm’s inclusion in the list. In 2018 Emma won the ACQ5 Criminal Lawyer of the Year and in 2019 Senior Lawyer Manny Brennan was acknowledged in Doyle’s Guide as a Criminal Law Rising Star.

Our expertise has seen us accepted as a member of Victoria Legal Aid’s exclusive indictable crime panel. This means that if you meet their financial tests, you may be eligible for state funding to assist you in your case.