This article Choosing the Right Barrister is written by Emma Turnbull, Defence Lawyer, Emma Turnbull Lawyers, Specialist Criminal Lawyers.
A passionate and fearless advocate, Emma appears regularly in all courts across the Victorian criminal law jurisdiction defending clients charged with any level of crime; from driving offences to homicide. Emma is the managing partner of the firm and prides herself on sharing her wealth of experience and knowledge in a way that her staff and clients can easily comprehend.
When defending a criminal matter, particularly in a trial before a jury or contested hearing, selecting the right barrister can significantly impact the outcome of your case.
Barristers, who are specialist advocates, bring unique expertise and courtroom experience to your defence. In Victoria, understanding the role of barristers and how they differ from solicitors is essential. This guide will help you make an informed decision when choosing a criminal law barrister for your case.
Remember, the barrister you choose will play a significant role in your case. Take the time to research, ask questions, and gather as much information as possible from your solicitor before making a decision. A competent and experienced barrister will provide strong representation, protect your rights, and guide you through the legal process effectively.
- Understanding the Role of Barristers
Barristers are legal professionals who specialize in advocacy and representation in court. They are skilled in presenting legal arguments, cross-examining witnesses, and providing expert advice on complex legal matters. Barristers focus entirely on courtroom representation and advocacy. At Emma Turnbull Lawyers, we work with barristers on a daily basis and are skilled in briefing counsel catering to each individual matter.
- Identifying Expertise and Experience
Whilst our office will assist you in selecting a barrister for your matter, you can also do your own research on available counsel. Look for barristers who specialize in criminal law and have experience in handling cases like yours. Evaluate their track record, success rate, and the complexity of cases they have handled. A barrister with relevant experience can provide valuable insights and develop an effective case strategy.
- Reputation and Professionalism
Assess the barrister’s reputation within the legal community. Seek recommendations from trusted sources, such as other legal professionals, clients, or online legal communities. Research their professional background. A barrister with a strong reputation demonstrates professionalism and competence.
- Compatibility and Communication
We always ensure that there is effective communication with your barrister. We always schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case and gauge counsel’s understanding and approach. This is where you can consider their communication style, availability, and willingness to answer your questions. A barrister who listens attentively and communicates clearly will foster a strong working relationship. It is important you feel confident and comfortable communicating with your barrister.
- Seeking Recommendations and Referrals
Reach out to trusted professionals, solicitors, or people who have previously engaged barristers for criminal law matters. They can provide valuable insights and recommendations based on their experiences. We encourage clients of our firm to speak with anyone in their network for feedback or advice about barristers. This will also help you have confidence that you have selected the right person.
Please note that the information provided above is intended as a general guide and may not cover all aspects specific to individual cases. It is recommended to consult with your lawyer at Emma Turnbull Lawyers to discuss briefing counsel.
About the Directors:
Emma Turnbull is a passionate advocate for justice, equality, and empowerment. With her deep commitment to making a positive impact, she has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of individuals facing prosecution by the State and promoting social change.
“I firmly believe that each and every one of us has the power to create meaningful change. It starts by finding our voices, standing up for what is right, and ensuring that everyone, whether they have a five day or three month jury trial, receives a fair hearing. My goal is that win or lose, every client feels they have received a fair trial, with their voice heard and their best defence put forward.”
Adrian Lewin is a seasoned criminal lawyer renowned for his unwavering dedication to defending the rights of individuals facing legal challenges. With his extensive experience and expertise in criminal law, Adrian has successfully represented clients in a wide range of complex cases. Known for his strategic thinking and meticulous preparation, he tirelessly fights for justice, ensuring that every client receives the strongest possible defence.