Steven commenced practice in 2003. He acts in the fields of Local Government and Planning and Environmental law, Criminal law and Family law. He is an experienced advocate who is relied on by many clients as an alternative to engaging a Barrister in the Local Court, the Land and Environment Court and in non-jury matters before the District Court (including sentencing hearings).
Steven appears in all Local Court criminal hearings and in Local Court application hearings. He appears before Commissioners of the Land and Environment Court in merit hearings such as planning appeals (class 1), miscellaneous appeals (class 1) and tree matters (class 2). He also appears before Judges of the Court in summary criminal proceedings (class 5), civil enforcement proceedings (class 4) and in appeals from the Local Court (classes 6 and 7). He has vast experience in advising on and appearing in matters involving the unlawful use of land, brothel closure proceedings, and in pollution and tree preservation offences.
Steven is a prosecutor for many of our Local Government clients in the Local Court and the Land and Environment Court. He draws on long experience as a police detective and as a prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and with the Australian Government Solicitor.
Away from Local Government and planning law, Steven’s criminal law practice is heavily focused on domestic violence and related offences. He also appears extensively in applications for Apprehended Violence Orders (police and privately initiated). Steven appears without the need for a Barrister in the District Court on sentencing hearings and in conviction and sentence appeals.
Steven’s Family Law practice focuses on Children’s matters. His main interest in this field is in the area of parenting and parental responsibility including Orders governing the level of contact that a parent will have with a child.
Steven has advised clients in respect of ICAC investigations and has appeared with Counsel during private and public ICAC hearings. He has delivered lectures and papers to Government bodies on conducting internal investigations and on the subject of good decision making. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Australian Catholic University (Faculty of Social Work) on the subjects of criminal law and the Court system. Steven is appointed an honorary solicitor to the St Vincent de Paul society.