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Office Number: (03) 9077 4834 | After Hours Number: 0434 701 484
Office Number: (03) 9077 4834
After Hours Number: 0434 701 484

Emma Turnbull Lawyers
4.9 Over 128 Reviews


Empower your defence with Melbourne’s leading specialist criminal defence lawyers,

court advocates and intervention order lawyers. 


Contact our office on (03) 9077 4834 for a free 15 minute, no obligation preliminary case assessment.

At Emma Turnbull Lawyers, our dedicated team of Melbourne-based criminal defence lawyers bring expert advocacy and a fighting spirit to every case. With a proven track record in defending against criminal charges and intervention order matters, we ensure your voice is heard and your rights fiercely protected in court. Our firm is strategically sized to ensure we possess the experience, expertise and the resources required to defend your case without you feeling like you are just another number. Our reputation, industry recognition and google reviews speak to the quality of our representation and the value we bring to our client’s cases.

Facing prosecution or a police investigation can be overwhelming. You need experienced criminal lawyers who understand the system and are committed to achieving the best outcome for you. Our team is renowned for their deep knowledge and extensive experience in all facets of criminal law, from court appearances in bail applications, summary hearings and jury trials, through to compulsory examinations to complex quasi crime hearings including intervention order proceedings and Royal Commissions.

If you’re searching for seasoned advocates who will fight relentlessly for your rights and to protect your interests, look no further than Emma Turnbull Lawyers.  Contact us today to secure your representation. 

Your future deserves experienced advocacy.

Why Choose Us?

With over 100 years of collective experience, we are Melbourne’s leading criminal lawyers specialists. Our firm practice areas cover a wide range of criminal and quasi-criminal matters, from minor traffic offences in the Magistrates’ Court to complex trials in the County and Supreme Courts. We also specialise in appellate law, handling cases in the Court of Appeal and High Court.

Our team includes Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law with the Law Institute of Victoria. Directors Emma Turnbull, Adrian Lewin, and Partner Manny Brennan bring extensive legal knowledge and a track record of success to every case.

What We Do?

Based in Melbourne CBD, our team of accredited criminal law specialists offers comprehensive legal support across the criminal justice system. From pre-interview advice to bail applications and advocacy in Magistrates’ Court hearings, we specialise in jury trials, appeals, intervention orders, and Royal Commission representation.

Choose Melbourne’s top criminal lawyers for trusted, strategic defence advice and representation at every stage of your matter from police investigation to the criminal justice process. Our commitment to excellence ensures strategies personalised to your needs to best ensure a favorable outcome. Contact us today for a consultation with Melbourne’s top criminal law specialists.

Testimonials & Awards

Emma Turnbull Lawyers boasts LIV Accredited Criminal Law Specialists including Directors Emma Turnbull and Adrian Lewin as well as Partner Manny Brennan. You can read more about the rigorous assessment process and why you should choose a specialist criminal lawyer here.
Recognising our industry expertise as a leading criminal law firm, Emma Turnbull Lawyers continues to be listed in Doyles Guide annually. Emma has been a finalist in various industry awards, including Partner and Managing Partner of the Year and in 2024 won the prestigious Wellness Advocate of the Year award. You can read more here.

Are you going to Court?

One of the most common questions we are asked is to check pending Court dates.

The Magistrates’ Court and the County Court have online search engines to help you easily find your pending Court dates.

You can use the links below to search the Court lists for the Magistrates’ and County Courts. The Supreme Court and Court of Appeal lists are published daily on their websites.

Magistrates’ Court

County Court

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Well-resourced team of specialist defence advocates

Who we are: Learn more about the best criminal lawyers in Melbourne

We have a diverse team of criminal solicitors in Melbourne. Our lawyers have a range of different backgrounds, experience levels and specialties; this means we are able to personally tailor our services to ensure that we are able to meet each of our client’s individual needs, preferences and expectations. All of our criminal lawyers are Melbourne based, giving clients access to a rich hub of legal expertise.

We take a collaborative approach in all of our cases. On top of having a wealth of expertise, we believe that each of the criminal lawyers in our Melbourne team can offer a fresh, unique perspective, enabling us to remain up-to-date with the changing dynamics of the Victorian legal system and remain in front of the rest.

Our Melbourne based criminal lawyers are here to protect, defend and support you. From bail applications to trials to royal commissions, we are well equipped to represent you.

Strong reputation for excellence.

Our dedication to delivering results and maintaining the highest standards has been recognised by our peers and clients alike. We have been included in the Doyle’s Guide list of Leading Criminal Law Firms every year since the firm’s initial inclusion in 2016. This is important as those awards are voted by industry peers. Our team has received many awards for their individual work in the field.

How our Melbourne based criminal lawyers can help you

How our Melbourne based criminal lawyers can help you?

Our in-depth industry experience across a broad range of offences means that no matter your circumstances, you’ll always have the best criminal lawyers in Melbourne defending you every step of the way.

Our team are industry leaders, with a multitude of awards under their belt for client service and industry expertise. We are also an accepted member of Victoria Legal Aid’s exclusive criminal law indictment panel.

Explore our complete range of specialities below:

To understand more about what the next steps are and to find the best of Melbourne’s top criminal defence lawyers, contact us today.

Victoria Legal Aid Indictable and Summary Crime Panel

Provided you meet Victoria Legal Aid’s financial means and case merit tests, you may be eligible for legal aid funding. Our partnership with Victoria Legal Aid enables our team to assist you in your legal proceedings with government funding.

Intervention Order Proceedings

Please note we only provide this representation on a privately funded basis. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and the impact they can have on individuals and families. You can rely on our compassionate approach to guide you through the process while safeguarding your rights and interests.

Client Reviews and Testimonies

This includes those facing criminal charges and also intervention order proceedings. Building trust and maintaining strong relationships with our clients are core values at Emma Turnbull Lawyers, and their feedback showcases our dedication and professionalism.

If you are seeking reliable and experienced lawyers in Melbourne or anywhere else in Victoria, Emma Turnbull Lawyers is here to help. We are more than just mouth pieces and will work with you to ensure that your best defence is put forward to protect your rights and interests in court. Our lawyers are career defence advocates and our team is resourced to ensure no stone is left unturned.

Contact the team today to begin working on the best possible outcome for your case.

Level 9, 552 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Contact us today on 03 9077 4834


Emma Turnbull Lawyers are specialist criminal lawyers who represent clients privately and in some circumstances with Legal Aid Funding. 

Our expertise has seen us accepted as a member of Victoria Legal Aid’s exclusive criminal law indictable crime panel. This means that if you meet their financial tests and your criminal charges meet their merit test, we can assist you via state funding in your case.

Summary Crime

Youth Crime

Indictable Crime


  • We are a dedicated team of lawyers pursing careers dedicated to criminal law.
  • We have received Accredited Criminal Law Specialist status with the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Collectively, our criminal lawyers possess a wealth of experience, spanning over a combined 100 years of real time court advocacy
  • We are well-versed in the intricacies of the court system, including its functioning and the individuals who over see it.
  • We appear daily in all Victorian Courts – Supreme, County and Magistrates Courts
  • We handle a significant number of jury trials each year – setting us apart from firms who do not have our experience and expertise in this level of serious work
  • Every case study on our website is a real outcome, achieved by one of dedicated lawyers.
  • Every google review is from a real client.
  • Every one of our lawyers have chosen to dedicate their career to fighting for justice for individuals facing prosecution

Get in touch with the top criminal lawyers Melbourne wide

The key to receiving quality legal assistance is engaging the best criminal lawyers in Melbourne. Don’t delay the preparation of your defence.

Reach us over the phone or by filling out an online contact form. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.