Criminal Defence Lawyer Dandenong
Nick Power has been practising in Criminal Law since 2008. Since that time, he has proved himself a staunch and dedicated advocate for his clients.
Mr Power has regularly appeared in bail applications, summary pleas and contested hearings dealing with all varieties of criminal offences in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Children’s Court. He has acted as an advocate in both applicants for and respondents to Family Violence Personal and Safety Intervention Order matters. He has also appeared as an advocate in Committal Proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Power has appeared as an advocate in a large number of Appeals against Conviction and Sentence in the County Court. He has also appeared in a great many pleas of guilty to Indictable offences in the County Court. Mr Power has appeared in the County Court in matters where mental impairment was raised as a defence and in matters where the issue of a client’s fitness to stand trial was in issue before a Jury of twelve. He has appeared in the County Court on a successful application for leave to change plea from guilty to not guilty. Mr Power then appeared in the trial of that matter in the County Court. He has also instructed Counsel in many other criminal trials in that Court.
Mr Power has also appeared in a range of matters under the Confiscation Act.
Mr Power has also represented clients before the Office of the Chief Examiner.
Throughout his legal career, Nick Power has demonstrated a powerful intellect which has fortified his outstanding legal and forensic judgement. Mr Power has shown exceptional skill in legal research and analysis.
He has also demonstrated genuine understanding of, and empathy for, his clients. Mr Power prides himself on his approachable manner, quick humour and his ability to relate to clients from all walks of life. Nick Power has great professional experience in and understanding of both drug dependence and mental health issues.
Education and Employment
Nick Power graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006 with a Bachelor or Laws with Honours.
During his studies he worked as a volunteer with Fitzroy Legal Service, both in its criminal practice and its free night service, for a number of years. He had previously volunteered with Simon Northeast Barristers & Solicitors in Fitzroy.
In 2007 he commenced an Articled Clerkship with Rob Melasecca Barristers and Solicitors, which he completed 12 months later.
He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in March 2008.
Mr Power is entitled to appear in the High Court of Australia and Federal Courts of all jurisdiction.
Mr Power continued with Rob Melasecca Barristers & Solicitors, taking over that firm’s busy legal aid section in mid-2008.
In 2009, the firm became Melasecca Kelly & Zayler. Mr Power continued to work with that firm, in a range of criminal matters, until 2011.
At that time, Mr Power went into sole practice as a solicitor advocate.
In February 2015, Nick Power joined the team at James Dowsley & Associates and is now the Senior Solicitor in our Dandenong Office.