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Paul Crean

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Senior Associate, Criminal Law

Location Sydney, New South Wales
Language English

Paul began practising criminal law in 2004 and is the head of Slater and Gordon’s NSW criminal law practice.  

Paul is a skilled advocate and has extensive experience in conducting the full range of criminal advocacy including:

  • Contested hearings
  • Appeals against sentence and conviction
  • Bail applications - (including Supreme Court)
  • Sentence hearings

Expertise in cases involving:

  • arrest and police interviews
  • murder
  • rape and sexual assaults
  • fraud and proceeds of crime
  • firearms offences
  • extradition 
  • drugs importation/supply/possession
  • robbery
  • burglary
  • assaults
  • driving offences
  • RMS licence suspension appeals

Career History

  • Prior to moving to Australia, Paul practised as a solicitor at a leading criminal firm in the heart of London’s Chancery Lane legal district.
  • He was one of a limited number of UK solicitors to have rights of audience in all of the senior criminal and civil courts.
  • Paul is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in criminal law and advocacy (England & Wales). 

Professional Qualifications & Admissions

  • Admitted as a lawyer, New South Wales – 2015 
  • Admitted as a lawyer, Western Australia, Australia – 2015
  • Higher Rights of Audience Accredited (criminal & civil) (England & Wales) – 2012
  • Accredited specialist in Criminal Law (England & Wales) – 2012
  • Admitted as a solicitor (England & Wales) – 2008
  • Law Society Police Station Accreditation Scheme (England & Wales) – 2005

Memberships & Associations

  • Law Society of New South Wales 
  • Slater and Gordon Pro Bono and Legal Profession Committee.
  • Law Society of Western Australia 
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Volunteer at Redfern Legal Centre