I am a Barrister at Francis Burt Chambers in Perth, Western Australia. I accept briefs in commercial and civil litigation as well as complex and financial crime. I am recognised as an expert in relation to Proceeds of Crime and Criminal Property Confiscations litigation and advice.
I have a particular interest in statutory causes of action, and their defence, and more broadly in statutory interpretation generally. I have argued a number of novel points of statutory interpretation and recently presented a paper on Statutory Interpretation – Practical Problem Solving.
I was awarded the Chief Justice’s prize for best performed reader at the 2014 WA Bar Association’s Bar Readers’ Course, as well as the 2014 Essential Trial Advocacy Course Award for equal top performance in the Trial Advocacy course.
I commenced at the Bar in 2014. Previously I held a number of senior roles in government including as a Federal Prosecutor. Prior to that I was at Christensen Vaughan (which has since merged with Gadens) practising exclusively in commercial litigation, primarily corporate insolvency.
I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2002 after graduating from the University of Western Australia.
Criminal Property Confiscations and Proceeds of Crime Expertise
I have significant experience in relation to the:
- Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth), including restraint, revocation, exclusion, compulsory examinations, asset forfeiture and pecuniary penalty orders; and
- Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000 (WA), including freezing notices, freezing orders, drug trafficker and other declarations, objections and confiscation.
I held positions as Managing Principal Legal Officer, Criminal Assets for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and later Deputy Counsel, Australian Federal Police (AFP) with responsibility for Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
At the bar I have acted for a diverse range of clients in relation to their interests under confiscations legislation. In early 2015 I was consulted by an external review of the AFP’s Proceeds of Crime arrangements.
A career highlight was receiving a United States Attorney Award from the United States Ambassador to Australia. The award was conferred for my management of a significant global asset forfeiture case in which we recovered USD 24 million.
I am a member of the Courts Committee of the Law Society of Western Australia.