Today hopefully marks an end to a traumatic, frustrating, and confusing period of my life. Until May of this year, I had been in custody for over 11 years after fighting charges without understanding that my defence of such charges had been undermined since before my case began. In fact, before I was even charged. It is distressing beyond explanation to have to realise that, in a trial where you were attempting to defend yourself, the very basics of procedural fairness were denied you by people who swore an oath to uphold the law.
To many following the Royal Commission, the revelations of the conduct between Ms Nicola Gobbo and sections of Victoria Police have been shocking, scandalous and unprecedented in Australia’s legal system. Its difficult to express in a few words what it feels like to be shunned and stigmatized. This is what happened to me and my family.
I am grateful to the DPP for conceding my appeal and to the Court of Appeal for determining the Appeal in my favour. It allows me to close the door on a chapter of my life where this wrongful conviction adversely impacted on me, my relationship with family and friends, and my sense of self. I am grateful to my family, who have remained by my side at times when I felt truly alone and supported me throughout this ordeal.
First and foremost, I want to thank my appeal solicitors, Ms Ruth Parker and Mr Thomas Bell of Galbally Parker Lawyers. They took on my case twelve months ago. They worked tirelessly, diligently and professionally to unravel all the complexities of this case in the face of legal challenge, brick walls and a pandemic. I want to sincerely like to thank my barristers, Ms Julie Condon SC and Ms Katherine Farrell, who agreed to come on board to prepare my Written Case and then argued both my Bail Application and my Appeal. I am grateful for their skill, kindness and dedication to the legal profession. I am also grateful to Mr Michael Pena Rees and Mr Victor Andreou, my defence lawyers in my 2011 trial, who came so close to uncovering Ms Gobbo’s police informer role and the corruption that stemmed from it.
As there are matters yet to be determined before the Court of Appeal, and being mindful that the Royal Commission is yet to hand down its Final Report, I want to remain respectful of those processes and not seek to influence these proceedings in any way.
Ruth Parker is an insightful, highly competent and patient lawyer who takes pride in responding to client needs and approaching each legal problem with an innovative perspective. Of the two matters she assisted me on, both matters were resolved with overwhelmingly positive outcomes.
I highly recommend Ruth Parker and Galbally Parker as the law firm of choice for all criminal and mental health matters.
When our family received news that our brother could face up to life imprisonment for his involvement in a drug trafficking syndicate, we knew we had to get Giselle to represent him again. Giselle represented him for another serious matter (armed robbery) at her previous firm and she won that case. We did not want anyone but Giselle to represent him and actively sought to find her when we were told she had moved firms.
Giselle is very professional, extremely hard working and always communicated back and forth with our brother and our family, even though the crime was committed in Sydney, NSW. She made the process very streamline and was always prompt to answer any questions we had.
We asked Giselle to fly to Sydney and she did not hesitate, she was at every hearing. It made our brother and family feel at ease to know that she was there as we trusted her 100%.
We are very grateful for the effort that Giselle put into the case and for getting the best result possible. Giselle went above and beyond for our family and to this day, we are very, very grateful for all her hard work and effort.
We would not hesitate in recommending Giselle and her team’s service.
I would like to say a massive thank you to Giselle Nehma from Galbally Parker for representing me during an extremely difficult period of my life. I was charged with home invasion and wreckless conduct endangering life.
I found Giselle Nehma to be very helpful, supportive and knowledgable in every aspect of my case. I would recommend anyone in need of good representation to contact Giselle Nehma at Galbally Parker.
I was charged with sexual assault, a crime I did not commit. It is alleged I committed this offence on a busy Friday night at a Dan Murphy’s store. I got in touch with Galbally Parker and informed them of my situation.
They were very informative on what to do next. I told them I was innocent and will be pleading not guilty. It was a very stressfull time for me as I was innocent. Giselle from Galbally Parker kept reassuring me and kept me calm the whole time. She was very professional, caring and very understanding.
Since then the charges have been dropped and I have been able to move on with my life. I can’t thank Giselle and the team at Galbally Parker enough. I highly recommend this firm to anyone that needs good representation.
Galbally Parker were incredibly helpful to me during a difficult time. I found Emily to be efficient, clear and concise when explaining legal processes, highly intelligent and above all kind and compassionate during the entire process. Initially I had engaged another legal firm for assistance however after finding them abrupt, cold and feeling like I was a bother I found Galbally Parker and I am so glad I did.
I can highly recommend them. Thank you again for all your help and legal expertise.
I was represented by Giselle Nehma at Galbally Parker from November 2019 – February 2020 when an IVO and unlawful assault & criminal damage charges were brought against me following an incident with my ex-girlfriend. I first spoke to Ruth Parker who was very reassuring and comforting about my situation and she recommended that Giselle take over my case.
Throughout the most stressful few months of my life Giselle was incredibly confident of the process we should pursue at court. We adjourned my case 5 or 6 times from coming to a resolution because Giselle wanted to prioritise my criminal charges and see if we could get any dropped. Giselle is a great planner, she used evidence (text messages from my ex-girlfriend) and combined it with a statute in the law. In combining these two factors, my criminal damage charge was dropped. In the final appearance in court Giselle successfully got the Magistrate to place my other criminal charge of unlawful assault successfully for Diversion. In this instance Giselle also successfully got my IVO down from three years (which the other side wanted) to one year.
I am very thankful for Giselle’s efforts throughout my case. I thought many times throughout the months of representation of the outcomes that could occur, including having a criminal record. What Giselle secured in the end for me and my family was nothing short of amazing. Her diligence and enthusiasm to help me was the reason we were able to believe a result like this was possible. Special mention has to also be made of Giselle’s compassion towards my parents, whenever my parents were present in court or a development happened in my case Giselle would notify me straight away but would also make the effort to communicate with mum and dad when possible to keep them in the loop. My parents are so appreciative of the efforts Giselle made to help me, my mum thinks she is “brilliant”. My dad also a lawyer says Giselle is “very good at what she does” and that’s about as big a compliment you can get from him.
A massive thank you to Giselle for achieving such an incredible result for me personally and for easing the stress on my family. I am forever grateful.
I would like to thank Galbally Parker Lawyers for all the hard work and on-going support I had from the whole team. I would like to say a big thank you to Giselle Nehma for the amazing service she provided me throughout my whole case. She was very professional in approaching my matter with understanding my needs and outcomes I wanted to achieve. Giselle made you feel like family, not like a client. I was very pleased with the representation Giselle performed. I got a non-conviction with just a fine and 8 months loss of license.
I would highly recommend Galbally Parker Lawyers to others.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincerest thank you to Giselle Nehma for the service she has provided to myself over the past few months. Giselle was very professional in her approach and had a very attentive and diligent nature. She demonstrated a strong understanding of my needs and always worked towards satisfying these needs in very proficient and empathetic manner. She made me feel more like a friend, than a client. Through her dedication to my case, I did not receive a conviction due to the breach of an intervention order. A fantastic outcome!
I am very pleased I contacted Galbally Parker and I would highly recommend their services.
Kind Regards, JC
I have been so lucky, throughout this experience, to have people who believed in me and fought for me. I would really like to thank Ruth Parker, my solicitor, and the whole team at Galbally Parker. Ruth has lived this case with me for over a decade. She fought my appeals with me after my conviction and has been reviewing my case ever since. Even in 2015, she was still pursuing our avenues even though we kept coming up against blocked paths. And a special thanks for the counselling also!
Galbally Parker Criminal Lawyers are truly an outstanding firm. I really can’t put into words the immense gratitude I feel in my heart for Ruth and the whole amazing team. As a former inmate-released last September after serving 13 years, I can say with absolute certainty that Ruth has helped me trust people again and have faith in the system. The dedicated group of people that work at this firm stood by me not only during those incredibly tough times while I was in prison but even till this very moment, proving to be a source of unflinching support. I couldn’t have received better legal representation or moral support from Ruth. She is the most amazing woman-honest, professional, and compassionate. My family & I, as well as some of my dearest friends, some of whom are currently in the fight of their lives, have hope again because of the extraordinary work done by Ruth and the team at Galbally Parker Criminal Lawyers. I want to say much love and Thank You.
To Ruth Parker, and the Team at Galbally Parker, a big thank you, for getting me through the last 18 months, you were always there by my side and got me through a tough time. The care and compassion from beginning to end was given with dedicated service. Thank you.
‘Galbally Parker Criminal Lawyers have truly some of the greatest legal minds. What sets these professionals apart is their dedication to the truth and justice. We know plenty of people who have used their services and the common theme in all of the feedback is that they can be relied upon to fight for you tooth and nail from the very beginning. Ruth Parker is an especially remarkable lawyer and person. She has quite literally saved lives by providing hope again when it has appeared all was lost. Much love to Ruth and all the remarkable people at Galbally Parker Criminal Lawyers.’
Laurens work ethic and compassion is truely wonderful. Bob is true professional. THE TEAM AT GALBALLY ROLFE REALLY UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL SYSTEM NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL…… Terrific compassionate caring people
Made what was otherwise a terrible time in my life bearable for me and my family
I was harassed by a former friend who thought that I was responsible for him losing his job. It got to much and I needed an intervention order to keep me safe. Galbally Parker were really good. They helped me through the application, appeared for me in Court and resolved the case so that the other side consented to the order without me having to give evidence. They were really supportive and explained the process to me really well
Galbally Parker helped me with my traffic infringements for my business. I had a lot of trucks on the road and they clocked up loads of Citylink fines. I hadn’t been paying proper attention and so they all landed back on my business and I was looking at $30,000.00 of fines by the end. I was panicking and so I saw Lauren Kowalski at Galbally Parker. She negotiated with civic compliance and appeared in Court for me. In the end the total amount was reduced by more than half and I was able to pay them off. Without the help I would have been stuck
They helped me when I didn’t know where to turn. Amazingly supportive and helpful.