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Team

Director Justin Sibley was admitted as a Barrister in 2001, while employed as a Police Officer in the Child and Sexual Assault Unit. Justin Sibley has unique insights into how the Police work, and will use that insight to develop the best strategies for your defence. Justin started his career as a police officer in 1997, working in criminal investigative squads including in Major Crime and in the Child and Sexual Assault Unit, before being admitted as a Barrister in 2001. He then joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Following overseas postings to the Philippines, Lebanon and Iraq as a Counter Terrorism officer, Justin resumed his work as a Barrister in 2015, while continuing to consult internationally in the area of KRE, before establishing the practice in 2017.

General Counsel Robert Sibley Robert Sibley has over 40 years of experience as a Barrister at all levels 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 at Suva, Fiji. He is a Visiting Fellow at the QUT Law School in Brisbane. Robert developed and presented training courses for Queensland Police Prosecutors, and taught Criminal Law and Evidence to many Crown Prosecutors. Robert is now General Counsel, and assists in ensuring our clients receive the best representation possible.

Senior Solicitor Scott Casey has dedicated many years of his life to the area of Criminal law. Following 7 years as an operational police officer in the Victoria Police Service, Scott became a Police Prosecutor for 5 years, before being admitted as a Solicitor and relocating to Brisbane to practice privately. He has practiced for over six years as a private Solicitor, working at the highest level, including running a criminal practice. He is passionate about advocacy and representing his clients at the highest level. Scott sees every new file as a challenge to achieve the best result possible for his client.  He has been successful in numerous trials, drawing on his extensive skills in cross examining witnesses. Scott is consulting for our firm and will be leading our practice in NSW and Victoria.

Senior Solicitor Abe Arends has over 17 years experience in all types of personal injury compensation law and their claims processes as well as having experience in family law and estate administration. Abe has worked at some of the largest and well know personal injury and general practice firms and brings that experience to our clients. Abe has been involved in everything from minor to catastrophic injury claims arising from motor vehicle and workplace accidents and as a result of medical negligence. Abe is a consultant for Sibley Lawyers on personal injuries matters.

Workers Compensation Specialist Kate Rasmussen served for almost 12 years as a Queensland Police Officer before commencing a law degree, obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Industrial Relations through Charles Sturt University, a Diploma of Work Health and Safety, and a Certificate in Injury Management and Rehabilitation Processes.  Kate established Justice 4 Workers Qld in 2016 to assist Police with workers compensation claims and disciplinary and employment-related matters.  Kate is a passionate advocate for improving organisational support for Police, and gave evidence at the Parliamentary Inquiry into Mental Health of First Responders, and initiated an unprecedented organisational review by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland into the QPS. Kate draws upon her personal and professional experiences, and knowledge of QPS systems and practices to achieve the best outcomes for her clients.

Solicitor Jenna Du Preez graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2015. Jenna is experienced in Property, Commercial, Wills & Estates and Traffic & Criminal Law. Jenna worked with the Probation & Parole Office with the Queensland Government prior to practising as a Solicitor. Jenna strives to ensure her clients receive the best legal advice, support & guidance in what can be an extremely unnerving time in their lives. Jenna is based in Mackay and services the FNQ region.

Solicitor Jack McDonald graduated from University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Law and Business, and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2018. Jack has experience in a number of Employment Law areas, including representing clients in unfair dismissal, general protection, discrimination and disciplinary processes. Jack endeavours to provide clients with the best legal advice and guide them through what is often an extremely difficult time in their lives. Prior to practising as a solicitor, Jack worked with the Transport Workers Union and was involved with the Community Engagement Tasmania Society, where he assisted with the running of various workshops discussing Criminal Law.

Solicitor Zoe Dennehy graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology). She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2020. Zoe began her career through gaining valuable work experience across several law firms which ignited her passion for Criminal Law. Zoe has an understanding of the impact social justice issues and a client’s unique life experiences may have had upon them. Zoe understands that the complexity of the criminal justice system can be confusing and overwhelming and so she seeks to ensure that she explains the process as simply as possible. She also endeavours to ensure her clients are kept well informed during the progress of their matters.

Practice Manager Kirsty Bassett has over 15 years in client management prior to studying law and commencing as a clerk, and then Practice Manager with the firm. With a keen interest in criminal law, Kirsty is interested in the welfare of all our clients. Kirsty ensures that the same level of customer care is offered to all of our clients, no matter whether your engagement is simple and brief, or complicated and long term.

Psychologist (Consultant) Cassandra Dillon graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2005 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Cassandra has full general registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA and has worked in government, not for profit organisations and private practice throughout her career. Cassandra is experienced in assisting clients across the lifespan from a wholistic perspective, incorporating biological, psychological and social elements into her treatment responses.

Clerks Melissa Bansraj and Minhal Burney are both students in law, with a strong focus on criminal law.

Barristers we brief include Saul Holt QC, Jeff Hunter QC, Angus Edwards, Alastair McDougall, Scott Lynch, Chris Wilson, John Cahill, Martin Longhurst, Tony Kimmins, Mal Harrison.