James Dowsley & Associates Pty Ltd - Our History and why we do what we do

James Dowsley and Associates became the first law firm specialising in criminal law in Frankston in 2007.  It is also the largest law firm of its kind in Melbourne’s South-Eastern suburbs. Today, the firm employs nine criminal defence solicitors, runs 4 Office Locations across Melbourne and is continually expanding.

It’s highly trained defence team represents clients in all levels of criminal law including the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court, High Court of Australia, Children’s Court and the Court of Appeal.

James Dowsley and Associates specialises in defending all types of criminal offences. It prides itself on safe guarding the rights of clients and upholding the principles of fairness and justice within the criminal system. James, as well as the lawyers he employs, believe everybody deserves the right to a fair, unbiased trial and do everything in their power to ensure that all of our clients rights are exercised and protected.

The firm believes everyone deserves access to the best defence solicitors available and is a member of the Victoria Legal Aid Section 29A Panel.


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Why Should You Choose an Accredited Specialist Criminal Lawyer?


The Law Institute of Victoria’s Accredited Specialist Badge is not a “Paid for” membership badge. Accredited Specialisation needs to be earnt, and needs to be maintained every year. The LIV has set the requirements for Accredited Specialistation to ensure that

Practitioners who are accredited as a specialist are recognised as having an enhanced skill level, as well as substantial involvement in established legal specialty areas. The LIV requires such specialists to demonstrate superior knowledge, experience and proficiency in a particular area of law to ensure that recognition as an accredited specialist is meaningful and reliable.

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