Peter O'Brien Criminal Defence Lawyer


Peter O'Brien Criminal Defence LawyerFollowing are testimonials from clients who have had good things to say about O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors:

I would highly recommend Elliot Rowe who recently represented our son in a court appeal case.  Even though it was a free legal aid case Elliot’s interest and efficiency was evident from the onset.  He provided excellent communication during the entire process even though most of it had to be done virtually due to coronavirus restrictions.  He even went to the extra effort of keeping us parents in the loop with regular emails.  His hard work and commitment resulted in an excellent outcome with a greatly reduced sentence.  We are extremely grateful to Elliot Rowe and the barrister Chris McGorey  whom he selected.

O’Shaughnessy family

Unlawful arrest

My wife and I had an unpleasant encounter with members of the NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol on a Saturday morning in George Street, Sydney.

For the offence of jaywalking we were subjected to, amongst other things, an unlawful arrest and search. Although I am myself a solicitor, I had no experience in civil law. Peter O’Brien’s legal advice was absolutely spot on. We commenced legal action against the State of NSW for the torts of unlawful arrest, assault, battery and trespass to goods. It was on a no-win, no-fee basis so there was no risk and no stress involved. The State settled the matter in our favour for precisely the sum that Peter had anticipated. Fatima Rauf was the solicitor whom Peter allocated to the matter and I cannot commend her diligence and commitment enough. Thank you, Peter, and thank you, Fatima, for all the care and attention that you provided to us and to our matter.


Strip Search

Myself and a colleague were strip searched illegally and immorally by police. We were recommend this law firm and were assigned a clever solicitor named Sophie Leaver who worked very hard on delivering justice on our case. Peter OBrien was a very articulate and determined lawyer advocate. Myself and my colleague would recommend this ethical firm to anyone. Thanks again! This law firm stood by us, showing solidarity is strength.

I’d highly recommend using O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors. They’re efficient, experienced, cost-effective and dedicated to getting the outcome you deserve.


I contacted this law firm in regards to my daughter. We were assigned a lovely solicitor named Sophie Leaver. Sophie maintained contact with my daughter via PC and emails. She was such a caring and understanding solicitor that took her time and listened. This solicitor made time to discuss the process with my daughter in late afternoon hours so she didn’t have to leave her work place.

Thank you Sophie for helping us through this traumatic time, it was scary and upsetting, however, if it was not for your support, understanding and care we may have pulled out and tried to live with the awful experience that happened.

Cannot not speak highly enough of this firm and solicitor, they really do care about people.


I was very happy with Elliot Rowe. He has kept me out of jail. Not only did he get it throwing out of court when I was almost certainly going to jail, but he also had the police pay for all expenses – could not be happier. My life could have been a lot different. Definitely recommend O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, who went out of their way from the start.


Transit officers sued

I was recommended to O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors after I was brutalised and arrested by transit police. They settled my claim. I’m extremely happy with the firm and would recommend them to anyone in the same position.


I was very happy with Elliot Rowe. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He helped me with a case I was extremely worried about. Elliot was very knowledgeable and helped me get the outcome I wanted.


Peter O’Brien, you’re a gem mate! You changed my whole life with today’s outcome at the Downing Centre, and I can’t thank you enough! I highly recommend you and your firm to anyone for any matters! Thanks again! xx



I’d like to thank O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors for an outstanding outcome to my defamation case. In particular Stewart O’Connell. Defamation is a particularly difficult area and not straight forward, however Stewart from the start was not only extremely confident he was also supportive and empathetic to the situation I was in. There are 2 things important with this: empathy, because it felt like he knew what I was going through, and confidence, which means he knew exactly what he was talking about. These 2 points alone means you know you’re in good hands and that’s vital to winning a case and peace of mind. Honestly speaking – not many lawyers in Sydney know what they are doing. These guys do.


Olivia Tolley is a master of her craft. The determination & effort she put forward to achieve the just outcome I rightfully deserved is commendable. Will recommend, and thank you again.


Peter O’Brien, you are great, sympathetic and hardworking solicitors that strive to achieve goals. They worked hard to settle my claim and I’m beyond happy with the result.


I cannot speak highly enough of Peter O’Brien Lawyers. Solving a very complicated divorce with such skill, humility and expertise, Peter himself showed why he is Sydney’s “go to” lawyer . Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Historical sexual abuse by church

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are absolutely brilliant at what they do!

I approached the firm to sue a church for historical sexual abuse. My experiences as a victim were, of course, traumatic. The firm’s solicitor recognised this from the get go and was empathetic throughout the entire process. He remained calm on the phone, and forewarned me about potential things that would happen. When they did, it wasn’t confronting which helped me manage my trauma.

Everything about the firm is great. The solicitor provided excellent communication during the entire process. Everything was done in a timely manner and I was kept in the loop at all times. I only met the solicitor and Peter in person once; they are nice blokes! The majority of my communication was done virtually so I did not have to take any time off work. It was great that they were able to work around my busy schedule. I was able to obtain a settlement with the help of the solicitor.

My advice to anyone who is a victim of institutional sexual abuse is to get onto O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors. I recommend the firm to everyone! They are absolutely brilliant and can help you with everything.


No conviction under Section 10

Dear Peter O’ Brien and the team,

I approached you to help me with a criminal case where I was accused of an assault, intimidation and stalking of a person who had actually bullied a member of my family, stalked and intimidated her on number of occasions in the past.

All attempts to reason with his employer and himself failed.  Peter, Linda and the team offered full assistance, gave proper advice, and informed me all the way through the legal process. The end result was no conviction under Section 10.

After a particularly stressful and challenging period in my life, it was great to achieve such a positive outcome.


Suing the police

Thanks for helping me achieve a good outcome in my case!

I approached O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors in regards to my civil matter. I had been unlawfully arrested and was originally not going to proceed with my claim because I didn’t think that I had a winning case. However the civil lawyer convinced me that I had a case and has been very helpful throughout the entire process. He explained the law and my case thoroughly. He was in constant contact throughout the entire process and kept me up to date with what was going on. I am extremely pleased with the outcome and it was exactly what I wanted.

I recommend to anyone with any problems that O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors is the way to go!


Mental Health Section 32

Dear Peter O’Brien and Tahn O’Rourke,

I just wanted to write and let you know how much A and I appreciated your great help, insight and understanding in having his charges successfully dealt with under a section 32.  I cannot begin to tell you how relieved we are to have had the matter resolved. After a particularly sad and challenging period it was great to having something so good happen.

So thank-you both – you were just great – the outcome of the case has made an enormous difference to us.


Police brutality

As a victim of police brutality, I was dismayed by the total lack of concern and a refusal to investigate the complaint I made in writing to the NSW Police and NSW Ombudsman. When the baseless charges against me were finally dismissed on appeal in the District Court and the Police again refused to investigate my complaint against them, I felt compelled to take civil action against the NSW Police, in an effort to seek accountability on the part of NSW Police.

Even before I contacted O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, I was encouraged by the information and positive attitude shown on their website. Peter O’Brien and the team at O’Brien Solicitors have been wonderfully helpful and supportive in seeking legal redress through the Courts. I was amazed and relieved when O’Brien’s Solicitors achieved an outcome that spared me any further distress or inconvenience and more than satisfactorily compensated for the pain and suffering I had endured as a result of my unfortunate encounter with a couple of over-zealous police officers.

I wholeheartedly recommend O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors to anyone who has experienced police misconduct and had their rights trammelled by heavy-handed police officers.


All criminal charges dropped

I was very impressed with Peter O’Brien and his team. Having charges against me and my partner, he was very successful – all charges were dropped. I would highly recommend O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors. His work in the courtroom was professional and he didn’t miss a beat.

I have had the darkest cloud hovering over me and these charges by police would have ruined my career. Peter was extremely knowledgeable and by far the best lawyer to handle my case.


Drink driving

Dear Peter O’Brien,

Thank you very much for your help with my PCA matter. I can only imagine the situation I would have found myself in had I done the matter myself. I am very grateful for your professional and courteous assistance.

Dr L


Dear Peter O’Brien,

I just wanted to thank you and the team at O’Brien Solicitors for all your hard work on my case. I couldn’t have done it without you.”


Dear Peter O’Brien,

Again many thanks for your efforts with [K]’s case, greatly appreciated and as always, you are the best, the most solid and on the ground solicitor I know.
Cheers, D


Keeps security licence

Dear Peter O’Brien,

“Thank you so much for your hard work on my case Peter. I was so worried I was going to go to jail for something I didn’t do. I was also worried about losing my security licence if I was convicted of a criminal offence.”


Averts going to jail

Dear Peter,
The thought of potentially going to jail for something I did not do terrified me. Your preparation and diligence in preparing for the trial was first class. I cannot thank you enough.


Saves drivers licence

I cannot thank you enough Peter. I know I came very close to losing my licence. I would have lost my job and would not have been able to support my family if I had lost my licence again.


Your approach was both keen and compassionate. It was a fantastic to have won the case, when it all seemed stacked up against me. Many thanks.


On trial for robbery

I knew I was facing a lengthy jail term for the Robbery charge. Jail was not a place I wanted to go back to and I have been so worried about what was going to happen. I am so grateful I didn’t receive a full time jail sentence and so grateful that I can move on with my life. Thank you for everything you have done for me Peter. Thank you so much.


Criminal defence

Dear Peter,
Your strategic advice during the case showed that you have a mastery of criminal legal process. After my previous experiences with the law, it was amazing to see a lawyer stand up and really fight for me.


Plea of not guilty

Dear Peter,
I am so glad that I spoke to you when I did. So many lawyers had told me that I should plead guilty. If I didn’t come to you, I would probably have been in jail right now.


Peter save licence

Dear Peter,
Thanks for saving my licence. Your representation was excellent. I was really worried that I would lose my job. So thanks heaps.


Response to Four Corners Program on NT child detainees:

I would like to thank you for your unbiased input into the Four Corners program… I thank you for your interest in an area our great country seems to have forgotten. You are brave and honourable. Please don’t give up on these boys.

– Jane H

Saw the programme on ABC last night. Very distressing. You were great, well done.

– Jane R

Bravo for bringing your poor clients plight to the nation’s much needed attention.

All the best. Isabelle


I always said that a Royal Commission was likely, right?!

Bullseye. Hats off to you…

– JH

Peter and Jared

I am very proud of both of you. This is massive.

I think it is hard to get an objective view about how bad this is…

I reckon this is a crossroads moment for our nation.

– SB


I don’t know how you can keep  doing this work – the program last night was gut-wrenching. When you think human depravity can’t get any worse, you find out what has been happening in the NT.

It is good that there will be a Royal Commission but real solutions will need to be found. We need people like you

– Prue G

Mr Peter O’Brien,

You have made a difference, now it’s up to the people of Australia to stand behind and support your brave actions, by saying to government this is not acceptable and must change TODAY.

Once again THANK YOU,
With a heavy heart,
Samantha Y

I wanted to commend you for your courage, dedication, social conscience, passion and hard work. I was deeply distressed watching the show last night. It has continued to distress me today. I am heartened to hear that this morning the Prime Minister has  announced a Royal Commission.

– Joshua J

I am disgusted, appalled and horrified at the barbaric abuse of these children. How can society believe that this management of the “challenged” in our community be acceptable? I feel quite sick at the thought of how these young children being abused both physically and mentally, in fact, as I write this, tears are pouring down my face. What future do these children have?

– Karen D

Dear Peter

I wanted to send a thank you for your involvement in the Four Corners investigation into the torture and deprivation of vulnerable young people in detention.

I struggled to watch the exposé and, if not for your, John Lawrence and Jared Sharp’s fierce defence of these children I would have finished viewing feeling utterly hopeless.

Thank you for being their voice when they are silenced. ­

– Meryl K

Although under harrowing circumstances, I want to congratulate you on your contribution to last night’s Four Corners programme… I applaud you for your stance and hope you continue your good work in keeping the gatekeepers honest.

– Julian C


Just dropping you a line to say well done on shining a light on the issues of child incarceration in the NT.

– Damien J

Please, please let Dylan know that there are people who care about him and that the whole country is watching. Please pass on a message to him that he is brave and strong and valued. Thank you for your work for him and all the other mistreated youth in this shocking situation, I am still crying.

– Leanne L

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