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Dedicated Protection and Representation for Essential Services Personnel

  • Dedicated services for Police and Corrective Services
  • Providing criminal defence protection and employment law representation for Essential Services personnel
  • A professional solution for members of Essential Services
  • You deserve to have the protection other professionals receive, underpinned by a dedicated retainer 
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Criminal & Employment Law Representation for Essential Services

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Dedicated Representation for Essential Services Personnel

Police, Correctional Officers and other front line essential services are entitled to have a lawyer on call, underpinned by a dedicated retainer in case you are charged with a criminal offence, or need Employment Law advice.

When you are in trouble, you should be able to talk immediately to an experienced lawyer, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Our Firm will always be there to respond in your time of need.

We understand what it is like to feel unprotected at the front end of law enforcement or working in a prison. Justifiably, you may worry that if something happened, and you were forced to defend a disciplinary issue or a criminal charge, you may not be supported by those that should defend you. Living with that risk each day is something our Firm will ensure you no longer need to worry about, so you can get on with providing the services you were trained for.

About Justin Sibley (Director)

Justin Sibley approaches his representation of you in court as he did when a Barrister. He continues to fight for fairness for his clients. He will work hard to achieve the very best outcome for you.

And as a former Police Officer, Justin has unique insights into how our Emergency and Essential Services personnel work. He has been where you are, on the front line.  Justin started his career as a police officer in 1997, before being admitted as a Barrister in 2001. He then joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Following overseas postings to South East Asia and the Middle East as a Counter Terrorism officer, Justin retired and returned to Brisbane, resuming his work as a Barrister.  He became a Solicitor in 2017 to establish this legal practice.

Justin uses his experience as a Police Officer, Lawyer and Diplomat to ensure you receive the best defence. Having developed unique insights into operational work, both in Australia and overseas, he uses those insights to ensure justice for his clients.

About Robert Sibley (General Counsel)

Robert has extensive experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, and brings to bear a high level of expertise in Criminal Law, Advocacy and Evidence. Robert has over 40 years experience in the criminal justice system, having worked for the Public Defenders Office, the DPP, the Special Prosecutor’s Office and as a Barrister in private practice.

Robert was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the QUT Law School in Brisbane, and at the Law School of the University of the South Pacific at Port Vila, Vanuatu and Suva, Fiji. He is a Visiting Fellow at the QUT Law School in Brisbane. Robert has developed and presented training courses for the Queensland Police Prosecutors, and has appeared as a Barrister in a number of specialist roles.

As General Counsel, Robert helps ensure our clients receive the best representation possible.

About Kate Rasmussen (WorkCover)

Kate Rasmussen knows what it is like to be working at the coal face of law enforcement. After retiring from the Queensland Police Service, Kate chose to focus on Employment related assistance to Queensland Essential Services members. Kate has joined Sibley Lawyers to assist a range of Essential Services personnel.

Kate understands the challenges you are facing because she has been where you are now. Dealing with disciplinary issues, and your defence of these matters, is key to the work Kate undertakes in conjunction with our lawyers. The task of submitting workers’ compensation claims, reviewing or appealing insurer’s decisions, and completing work-related correspondence can be extremely overwhelming. Kate will assist our lawyers to navigate and understand the complex workers’ compensation and injury management processes.

The Rest of Our Team

Kirsty Bassett (Practice Manager) / Scott Casey (Criminal Solicitor) / Jenna Du Preez (Criminal Solicitor) / Jack McDonald (Employment Solicitor) / Zoe Dennehy (Criminal Solicitor) / Abe Arends (Personal Injuries Solicitor) / Cassandra Dillon (Psychologist)

The rest of our team members have a range of experience including as Prosecutors and Defence, working with Probation and Parole, working within and with Unions as Employment Lawyers, and Personal Injuries. Our lawyers have a deep belief in the fundamental view that there is no black and white, and each of our clients has their own story to be told.

You can reach us right now on (07) 3180 0120

Our Unique Protection for Essential Services Personnel

Front line personnel cannot completely remove the risks they face providing essential services to the community. Risks are mitigated through training and experience. However, through circumstances outside of your control, you may find yourself charged with a criminal offence, or fending off a disciplinary issue. Our team is trusted to deliver outstanding results. You deserve the same level of protection, and to know that you have lawyers on retainer protecting you 24×7. Call now for a free consultation (07) 3180 0120

Criminal Defence

You can reach us right now on (07) 3180 0120

You deserve a secure and dedicated legal defence. Underpinned by retainer developed specifically for Police and Corrective Services, we will ensure you are provided 24×7 support from the outset.

From the moment you are involved in a critical incident, for example, or are directed to participate in an interview, our lawyers are on call to provide you immediate advice and representation. There are no wait times before you are provided skilled advice.

If you are charged, with our unique skills as trained advocates, we will ensure you are represented through the Court system. Our Firm will stop at nothing to represent you. While you are facing charges, our staff will support you through the employment issues you will face, including disciplinary proceedings.

Confidential and Dedicated Advice

Our firm is retained by you as a client, and is not influenced by existing relationships with your management, and will keep your matter absolutely confidential.


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Understanding The Unique Nature of Your Work

Our lawyers have worked as Police and Prosecutors, other Government Agencies, Unions and Employment Law firms. We know what it is like to feel unprotected on the front line.

Criminal Expertise

Sibley Lawyers has over 60 years of cumulative experience. You deserve a Firm that steadfastly defends its clients’ interests, knowing your legal defence is assured.

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I would not hesitate to recommend Justin and his team should you find yourself is a position such as mine. They fight for what’s right!
—Warrant Officer Class One, Robert Cotter (Retired)

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