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Our Perspectives on Current Criminal Law Issues

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Recent social movements, such as #metoo, have brought to the forefront the prevalence of systematic sexual harassment. At O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors we recognise that sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality for most women. Nearly half of all women have been sexually harassed and a quarter of women have experienced sexual harassment in the Read more about Sexual Harassment in the Workplace[…]

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors has had a remarkable year in 2017. We are proud of the wide range of successes that we’ve had this year that span from our involvement in Royal Commissions to our successful outcomes for clients in both criminal and civil cases and our pro bono work. A year filled with Read more about O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review[…]

Recent Successful Cases at O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors continues to achieve successful outcomes for our clients in regards to criminal matters. We pride ourselves on our trial advocacy and ability to represent clients in trials across all criminal law matters. Our solicitors have handled recent criminal cases around NSW including charges such as assault, drug and traffic offences to name Read more about Recent Successful Cases at O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors[…]

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held its final sitting today. The five year inquiry has concluded with the final report to be presented to the Governor-General tomorrow. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, led by Peter O’Brien, has been heavily involved in this Commission having represented key individuals involved in the case Read more about Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse[…]

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Lawyering

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors have represented numerous people that have experienced traumatic events in the past. We have represented people who wanted to take redress because of abuse they have suffered and place importance on ensuring that clients are not retraumatised during the course of their dealings with the law. We appreciate and acknowledge Read more about The Importance of Trauma-Informed Lawyering[…]

Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was announced in November, 2017. It is expected to start early 2018 with a 12 month time frame to complete its inquiries. The Government has initiated this Banking Royal Commission with the goal of strengthening the industry and to keep Australian banks accountable to the Australian Read more about Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry[…]

Peter O’Brien on Current Issues in Juvenile Justice

The Northern Territory is not alone when it comes to flagrant human rights abuses against some of the most vulnerable children in our community. Cases like Udin Sarfin’s and Saiful Baco’s illustrate the Commonwealth’s preparedness to put political expediency and populism before its concerns for basic civil liberties, including commitments under the United Nations Convention Read more about Peter O’Brien on Current Issues in Juvenile Justice[…]

Royal Commission finds sexual abuse rife in the Australian Defence Force

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its report into the Australian Defence Force (ADF) this week. The Commission’s discoveries are horrific. It found that at the institutions investigated, the HMAS Leeuwin, the Army Apprentice School in Balcombe and the ADF Cadets, child sexual abuse was widespread. These children wanted to Read more about Royal Commission finds sexual abuse rife in the Australian Defence Force[…]

Improper practices in youth detention: a national crisis?

In the wake of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, we have been heartened to see other State and Territory governments conduct reports into the conditions of their own juvenile detention centres. However, what has emerged from these reports are chilling stories of abuse, self-harm & the Read more about Improper practices in youth detention: a national crisis?[…]

Why Access to Justice is Access to a Lawyer

When you think of what ‘justice’ means, your mind may turn to a familiar image of a blindfolded lady holding scales. We trust that, like those scales suggest, a good criminal justice system will afford fairness to those accused of breaking the law, ‘blind’ to a defendant’s wealth, power or status. We know better than Read more about Why Access to Justice is Access to a Lawyer[…]