Galbally Parker Criminal Defence Lawyers

We are Different

Why do our clients choose us?

 If you are on this page, you may be looking for a criminal defence lawyer. You may just be wondering, or concerned, about whether you do or will need one. You are probably confused, overwhelmed, worried and anxious. You may be looking for a child or a loved one, worried that they have been charged or will be charged. You may be faced with the anxiety of asking yourself: could I go to prison? If it is a disciplinary matter, the stress may revolve around whether you may lose your career, your business and, accordingly, your livelihood.

All of our clients, past and present, have experienced the exact same range of emotions. The same thoughts and the same anxieties. Facing criminal prosecution or disciplinary proceedings is a uniquely stressful process. It is also not a timely one. That is why, when our clients are looking for experienced, compassionate and progressive legal representation, they come to Galbally Parker Lawyers. We are different. We treat you as an individual and not just a client. We are hear to understand you, who you are and what you need. And we do so whilst protecting your rights and pursuing your interests to the best possible conclusion of your matter.  We also ensure that you feel that we are the best fit for you. By engaging with our fixed fee and obligation free Initial Client Consultation process you get to meet us, and us you, so that you can see how we work and what we offer. No one has ever walked away from an Initial Client Consultation with one our experienced criminal lawyers feeling worse.

Who we are and where we come from

Galbally Parker was founded in 1976 by Robert Galbally and Brian Rolfe, both of whom had previously been members of the Victorian Bar. It was the first firm in Victoria to practice solely in criminal defence and remains one of the most highly regarded criminal defence firms in Australia. Over our near 35 year history, we have appeared in some of the most complex and high profile matters in Australian legal history. These matters include the prosecutions of Alan Bond, Dominic Gatto, Mario Condello, Andrew Veniamin, Garry Ablett Snr, Phillip Bracken and Bruno Grollo. We have also appeared in history changing appeals, such as the conviction appeals of Faruk Orman and Zlate Cvetanovski, who were the first people acquitted after appeal as a result of the misconduct of Nicola Gobbo and the Victoria Police.

Today our practice includes representation and advice in the areas of criminal prosecutions, corporate law in a criminal context and professional disciplinary hearings in all jurisdictions, from the Magistrates Court to the Federal Court, the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal in every state of Australia and the High Court of Australia.

As a firm, we are joined in our mutual belief that every accused person is entitled to a fair trial before a Jury of their peers. We continue to defend our clients with the utmost integrity and passion in order to achieve the best possible result for our clients. Assisting clients through the difficulties of a criminal prosecution is not only a matter of giving good advice; at Galbally Parker we are proud of our reputation for establishing a strong and supportive rapport with clients, particularly in the long and emotionally challenging course of a major criminal trial. All matters are subject to partner oversight and supervision and all clients are treated as individuals.

Galbally Parker’s success is largely due to the exceptional skills of our individual members and we pride ourselves on our ability to work together as a team for our clients. In our history, we have attracted the most talented and passionate criminal advocates to take up the positions as associates and senior associates with our firm. Past employees of Galbally Parker have progressed to the Victorian Bar, becoming accomplished Barristers, have been appointed Magistrates in Courts across Victoria, and have become members of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Galbally Parker are specialists in the use of electronic data management systems for maximum access to and cross referencing of the huge amounts of information generated by complex criminal trials, in particular those matters involving voluminous surveillance materials.

Because Galbally Parker is held in high regard, we have access to, and only use, the best barristers (counsel), who, in complex criminal matters, especially, are essential to obtaining a successful outcome. Our long experience also enables us to match the client with the right barrister as we appreciate that every client, and every case, is unique.

Galbally Parker has unparalleled experience in the defence of clients facing criminal prosecutions.

Brian Rolfe retired from practice as of 30 March 2013. Robert Galbally retired from practice as of 1 January 2021. The practice is now owned and operated by Ruth Parker, Principal and Director, who is leading Galbally Parker Lawyers into the next chapter of its long and illustrious operation.