Newly accredited specialist lawyers benefit legal aid clients

Newly accredited specialist lawyers benefit legal aid clients

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Victoria Legal Aid facilitates the delivery of quality legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients by running a study support program for lawyers seeking accreditation through the Law Institute of Victoria specialisation scheme.

Specialist accreditation recognises lawyers who have demonstrated superior knowledge, experience and proficiency in a particular area of law.

This year we assisted lawyers from our in-house practice, community legal centres and private practitioners who do legally aided work to apply for specialist accreditation in criminal and children’s law.

We congratulate the 23 new criminal lawyer specialists supported by our specialisation study program. They include nine lawyers from Victoria Legal Aid’s in-house practice:

  • Adam Maloney and Siva Kandasamy, Dandenong
  • Xavier Farelly and Belinda Northey, Warrnambool
  • Tim McCulloch and Anoushka Jeronimous, Criminal Law Melbourne
  • Tamsin Mildenhall, Sunshine
  • Anthony Pyne and Raph De Vietri, Chambers.

The 14 criminal specialists from private practice and community legal centres include:

  • David Barrese, David Barrese and Associates
  • Nelson Brown, Paul Vale Criminal Law
  • Linh Cao, Ann Valos Criminal Law
  • Melanie Rudolphus, Ann Valos, Criminal Law
  • Adrian Lewin, Emma Turnbull Lawyers Pty Ltd
  • Damian McNally, Michael J Gleeson and Associates
  • Glenn Thexton, Thexton Lawyers
  • Stephen Peterson, Stephen Peterson Lawyers, Morwell
  • Tessa Theocharous, Kurnai Legal Practice, Morwell
  • Kiernan Celestina, Fogarty Lawyers, Warrnambool
  • Nicholas Rolfe, Nicholas Rolfe and Associates, Echuca
  • Amanda McAnuff, Eastern Community Legal Centre
  • Jill Prior, Law and Advocacy Centre for Women
  • Laura Heffes, Justice Connect.

Our in-house legal practice now has 36 criminal, 11 family,16 children’s, one immigration and two administrative law specialists.

Executive Director Legal Practice Katie Miller said the earning of specialist accreditation benefited both the client and Victoria Legal Aid.

‘Accredited specialisation promotes quality representation for legal aid clients while also providing an opportunity for practitioners to consolidate their legal knowledge, update their legal skills and advance their career,’ said Katie.

To achieve their success, the new specialists not only devoted hours of study, after work and on weekends, but also supported each other, generously sharing their notes and knowledge.

Special thanks go to the advocates from Victoria Legal Aid’s Chambers and the Victorian Bar who delivered a comprehensive range of professional legal education lectures and Saturday study intensives as part of our study program. The specialisation candidates appreciated the time, expert knowledge and practical advice offered.

Our Professional Support team will provide study support for lawyers undertaking specialisation in family law in 2017.

L-R: Tim McCulloch, Raphael de Vietri, Anoushka Jeronimus and Anthony Pyne
L–R: Tim McCulloch, Raphael de Vietri, Anoushka Jeronimus and Anthony Pyne

Clockwise from left: Tamsin Mildenhall, Xavier Farrelly and Belinda Northey and Siva Kandasamy
Clockwise from left: Tamsin Mildenhall, Xavier Farrelly and Belinda Northey and Siva Kandasamy

More information

Find out more about Accredited Specialisation

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